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Produce Sourcing

The ELD Mandate and Fresh Produce Logistics: What Shippers Need to Know

Last December, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect for the broader carrier community, marking a change in how professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers log hours of service (HOS). The federal ELD mandate, which states that fleets previously using paper logbooks needed to equip their trucks with ELDs, went into full enforcement—which includes issuing non-compliant drivers with out-of-service citations—on April 1, 2018, with the exception of a limited 90-day waiver for the transportation of agricultural commodities that remains in effect until June 18. » Read More

The Benefits and Best Practices of Grocery Direct Store Delivery

Direct Store Delivery

Not having certain products delivered to your store in time for key sales windows can be a major blow to your bottom line. Not only do you miss out on large numbers of sales, but you also disappoint customers and cause them to find what they need at a competitor’s store instead.

Thus, you work hard to avoid this situation and probably put a lot of energy into inventory forecasts and designing your supply chain accordingly. However, whether your plan is highly detailed or a one size fits all approach, it’s critical to consider how unique products and transportation requirements could cause hiccups in your supply chain.

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Growing the Pink Ribbon Watermelon Supply Chain

Pink Ribbon Watermelon

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing 4th of July. Did you know that the 4th of July is one of the top holidays for watermelon in the U.S.? In fact, July is National Watermelon Month. Sliced on platters, cubed in salads, or even grilled, watermelon was probably on thousands of American picnic tables yesterday. But do you know how growers and distributors overcome logistical hurdles in order to get watermelon to stores? For all you supply chain gurus, here is a tangible example of the importance of the supply chain matching up with consumer demand. » Read More