Making Connections to Benefit the Community

As a 3PL company, Palisades Logistics is accustomed to finding solutions for our customers. We rely on our resources to find high-quality, dependable, cost-efficient services to satisfy their fulfillment and other logistics needs. That’s the business we’re committed to and it’s nice when we can extend that same commitment to our community.

That was the case recently when a member of the Palisades Logistics’ team was approached by Lisa Montalbano, Director of Business Development for Employment Horizons, Inc. Usually businesses approach us looking for services; this case was the reverse. Employment Horizons, a not-for-profit agency that offers job training and placement services for people with disabilities, was looking for businesses that could benefit from their services. Palisades Logistics was happy to help them make the connection. The article below, reprinted with permission, describes this successful pairing.

Customer Corner
“The Creative Kitchen”

Director of Business Development, Lisa Montalbano, goes out into the community to find Employment Horizons businesses to work with. Recently, with the help of a contact at Palisades Logistics, Lisa was able to partner us with The Creative Kitchen.

Employment Horizons program participant packs goody bags to help meet the fulfillment needs for The Creative Kitchen's "Kids Food Festival"The Creative Kitchen hosts a “Kids Food Festival” at the end of August, and needed some assistance preparing 2,000 goody bags for the event. Lisa read through the details of the assignment, and knew our workforce would do an outstanding job. She reached out to The Creative Kitchen and informed them that Employment Horizons would be able to fulfill their needs as well as give our clients a chance to develop skills and earn money. Ford and Lisa spoke with Cricket Azima, the founder of Creative Kitchen, and discussed the needs of the company. Cricket was thrilled to work with us because she knew her order would be fulfilled, and also the mission of Employment Horizons held a great value to her and her family.

The Creative Kitchen teaches children from the age of two how to have fun cooking. Cricket and her teammate Katie have their own mission about educating children about food and healthy choices at the festival. Each goody bag was filled with 20 different items, and then was sent to NYC in time for the festival, which took place on August 26th and 27th.

To learn more, visit The Creative Kitchen.

In a Sea of Options – Why Warehouse In Indianapolis?

Indianapolis warehousing: photo of warehouse workers conferring about goods storedIn today’s global economy – technology is changing the landscape of how goods move around the globe. Technology has built and allowed for visibility and candor within the supply chain. Manufacturers can see their inventory in real time – throughout multiple different warehouse locations and distribution centers. The manufacturer’s customer can also see that inventory and order it online, have it delivered to an Amazon locker or even request to pick it up at a physical store location. Yes! People still drive to stores and physically pick up their purchases!

Reasons to Consider Indianapolis Warehousing Options

Just as the consumer has choices – so do Supply Chain Managers and buyers of 3rd party warehousing services. The type of technology they employ? To keep warehousing in-house or outsource to a 3PL? Where to locate their warehouses? The choices and options can be mind boggling. If you are faced with similar decisions in your role within your company – here are 4 reasons why you might consider Indianapolis, Indiana as the ideal location to locate your next warehouse.

Proximity to Your Customers

Indianapolis and its 3pl warehouses (also known as a public warehouses or shared warehouses) are considered to be: “the most centrally located of the largest 100 cities in the United States.” What does this mean to the Supply Chain Manager looking to optimize its network of in-house and 3rd party warehouses? It means that food, beverage and fast-moving CPG companies can reach 55 percent of all Americans within a 650-mile drive of Indianapolis. That is more than 50 million American households!

Workers Ready to Work

Employers in Indianapolis enjoy a workforce comprised of over one million skilled and educated regional workers. In other words – over one million workers that are ready to work! Here at Palisades Logistics – we always encourage our clients to build relationships with the frontline workers that will be handling their products on a daily basis. Get to know your customer service rep. Get to know your forklift drivers. These associates handle your products on a daily basis. If they succeed – you succeed.

Low Cost of Living. Low Cost of Doing Business

Remember those one million skilled workers Indianapolis has to offer? Well those workers enjoy a relatively low and competitive cost of living in Indianapolis. According to data from www.city-data.com – “overall cost of living (in Indianapolis) consistently ranks at or below the national average.” When utility costs are low. And state and local taxes are low. Combined with competitive average house prices. This allows employees to earn a livable wage and enjoy quality of life. It also enables employers to compensate their employees for a job well done, and at the same time pay a lower wage than in other markets. Combine all of these factors and users of public warehouses enjoy a low cost of doing business as well.

Planes, Tranes & Automobiles

No matter if you are looking to move good in to or out of Indianapolis – the infrastructure is in place to support the movement of your goods and inventory. Both eastern Class 1 railroads – The Norfolk Soutern & CSX – have operations in town. Indianapolis International Airport (IND) can move people and goods both domestically and internationally. There is a free trade zone. And Interstate Freeways 65, 69, 70 & 74 link the “loop” of Indianapolis with all major thoroughfares connecting Indianapolis to the population centers in the Midwest and northeastern United States.

The choice is clear when it comes to optimizing your company’s network of warehouses and distribution locations – Indianapolis is the place to be!

Palisades Logistics

Where to locate your 3rd party and public warehouses is always a concern to the discerning supply chain manager; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies throughout the United States and Canada. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via the Palisades Contact Form.

 

Communication and It’s Role in 3rd-Party Warehousing

Communication: picture of a keyboard key featuring two speech bubblesIf your internet, television and cell phone reception has been out of service for the past couple of days (or the past year!), then you might not have realized the Republican National Convention kicked off yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention is scheduled to run through July 21, 2016 and a number of prominent political, business, and social leaders are scheduled to appear and speak. Here at Palisades Logistics, we are proud to be a 3rd party warehouse (3PL), fulfillment and logistics provider in the great state of Ohio. And we thought, in recognition of the conversation taking place at the Republican National Convention this week, why not chime in on the subject of communication and leadership?

The Critical Role of Communication in 3PL

In a recent conversation with Steve Harmon, CEO of Spartan Logistics (which just happens to have 3rd-party warehouse operations in both Indianapolis and Cleveland), we asked for his thoughts on communication:

“Without communication – logistics fails.”

We could have ended the conversation right there. Such a simple statement sums up the critical role communication plays between a 3PL operator and their customer. For anybody who has been involved in the day-to-day interactions at a 3rd-party warehouse – those interactions between customer service at a 3PL and the user/customer of that 3PL, for instance – you know exactly what I am talking about: communication can be difficult.

Fundamental Truths of Operation

Mr. Harmon expanded on his thoughts: “I want our customers to know – do not be afraid to communicate with us. Here at Spartan Logistics, in all of our operations including those in Indianapolis and Cleveland, we operate according to three fundamental truths. Those are:

  1. We are people of integrity.
  2. We will work hard for them (our customers).
  3. We are here to serve them.”

Mr. Harmon finished his comments with this: “If our customers communicate with us and we respond according to the three fundamental truths by which we operate, then the only outcome will be a net-win for our customers.”

Here at Palisades Logistics, we could not agree more with Mr. Harmon and the role communication plays in his organization, Spartan Logistics. In fact, the leadership attending and speaking at the conventions taking place this week in Cleveland and next week in Philadelphia should take note as well!

Palisades Logistics

Communication and the ability to communicate with one’s supply chain partners should be a concern in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as Spartan Logistics. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider with the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via the Palisades Contact Form.

A Conversation with Spartan Logistics at MODEX 2016 Conference

MODEX 2016 new technologies -- photo of man and woman tracking goods at storage facilityPalisades Logistics spent the last week at the 2016 MODEX Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. It was a busy week filled with interesting conversation and many observations and learning opportunities concerning the newest technologies and material-handling capabilities in the supply chain and logistics industry.

While at MODEX, Palisades Logistics was able to catch up with Bonnie Ginepro, Marketing Director for Spartan Logistics. Following is an excerpt from that conversation:

The Spartan Logistics Story

Palisades Logistics: We are here with Bonnie Ginepro, a representative of one of our 3PL warehouse partners, Spartan Logistics, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Spartan Logistics has 16 operations throughout the Midwest, including Indianapolis and Toledo. Bonnie, tell us about yourself and your role with Spartan Logistics.

Spartan Logistics: I am the current Marketing Director for Spartan Logistics and I work out of Spartan’s operation in Anderson, SC. In my role, I share the Spartan Logistics’ story with our current and potential customers and the logistics industry at large. Prior to this role, I was in a customer-service-and-operations-management role specific to our operation in Anderson.

Palisades Logistics: If storytelling is your job, tell us a little bit about the Spartan Logistics story.

Spartan Logistics: We are a privately-owned, family-operated, third-party warehouse and transportation company. Steve Harmon is our current President; he formerly held the CFO title for his first 14 years with Spartan. His father, Ed Harmon, started the company with a friend, Jim Ranney, in the mid-80s at the request of a customer in need of space. Since then we’ve grown into 16 different locations throughout the country with over 2,000,000 square feet under management. Our customers range from small startup businesses to Fortune 100 manufacturers and retailers. At Spartan we have a “can-do” attitude. If the warehousing and transportation solution makes sense, (i.e. it is cost-effective and increases efficiency), then chances are we can provide industry-leading service at a competitive rate.

Applying the Latest Technologies

Palisades Logistics: MODEX is all about material handling equipment and technology specific to the logistics and supply chain industries. How is technology used within Spartan Logistics?

Spartan Logistics: Technology to us is a tool. It is an instrument that we can use to our customers’ advantage but, at the same time, the technology in question has to make sense. We are not going to try to fit a “square peg into a round hole,” just as we are not going to try to use technology when the cost and investment does not make sense.

We do the same thing when creating third-party warehousing solutions and rates. For example, depending on the variables and costs, if a customer needs to be in Chicago and we have space in Indianapolis, we can offer that space. But we will look for a different solution if the distance is too great. Likewise, if a technology does not add cost savings and efficiency that is greater than the cost of that technology, we won’t implement it.

Our People Drive Our Success

More important to Spartan Logistics are our people. The Spartan Logistics associates who manage our operations, drive our forklifts, and perform our customer service functions have a greater impact on our success and the service we provide to our customers than any piece of technology can.

Technology can make us better, but it is our people that make us successful.

That’s not to say we don’t use technology when it makes sense. We had a great success story last year in Indianapolis where we were able to shave off $1 million from our customers’ annual 3PL warehouse and operating costs because of an investment in technology that involved bringing multiple needs under one roof. Bottom line: technology is worthless without the right people in place.

Closing Thoughts

Palisades Logistics: Well Bonnie, it was good catching up with you and we appreciate your time. Here at Palisades Logistics we are true fans of the third-party warehousing solutions provided by Spartan Logistics and the top-notch service you provide to your customers. Any closing thoughts?

Spartan Logistics: We had a great week at MODEX 2016. Our mission stands on four pillars: Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, and Customer Service. We are always investing in our company and our people to better serve our customers. To that end, we continue to learn about the technology available to improve and adapt the warehousing solutions we can offer.

MODEX was a great example of taking advantage of an educational opportunity. Furthermore, we will continue to live up to our promise of investing in our people because it is our people that will make both Spartan Logistics and our customers’ third-party warehouse solutions successful.

Palisades Logistics

Certainly keeping up with new technologies is a growing concern in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as Spartan Logistics. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via the Palisades Contact Form.

Cold Storage and an Explosion of Super Fruit

Frozen 3PL Miami: photo of fresh acai berries against green fronds of plantSeems like South America, particularly Brazil, has a health secret they want to share with us: they grow super fruit.

The acai berry is the latest fashion food of the United States. Why? Natives claim it helps in losing weight, boosting the immune system, obtaining healthy skin, slowing down the aging process and even fighting cancer. Now that’s one powerful berry!

A Demand for Frozen 3PL Miami Solutions

When the acai berry is eaten fresh, some people describe the taste as a perfect blend of chocolate and red wine, but finding it fresh is another story. Acai berries are highly perishable and cannot be shipped globally like “hardier” fruits, such as avocados and even bananas. Acai berries begin to lose their natural potency within 12 to 18 hours after harvest. So, you can imagine that the demand to get them processed and transported immediately is tremendous.

There are two processing options that ensure acai berries will retain their rich antioxidant component. The berries can be freeze-dried in their natural form or their pulp can be pasteurized and iced. From there, the product must be stored and transported at -18C degrees. Given the temperament of this commodity, you need a frozen third-party logistics (3PL) solution that is fast, efficient and optimally located.

Miami Frozen Storage Answers the Call

Miami is optimally located, making it a mecca for international trade with access to rail, port and air transportation. Additionally, it is home to Palisades Logistics’ strategic partner, Miami Frozen Storage, a leading cold storage destination for commodities like acai that need special attention. With a frozen 3PL Miami solution like this, specialty stores and fresh goods markets can deliver on the ever-popular acai berry juice and smoothies, dietary supplements, breakfast bowls and beauty products.

Palisades Logistics

Net-net: Because Miami and its cold storage solution can meet the demand, the business of acai is even sweeter. Certainly the ability to effectively and efficiently transport temperature-sensitive, perishable products to frozen 3PL Miami providers is a concern for supply chain and cold chain managers in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as Miami Frozen Storage. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics, or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via the Palisades Logistics Contact Form.

Miami Frozen: At the Cargo Gateway of the Americas

Miami Frozen: photo of ship anchored at loading dockNot that we need to cite yet another example of why Miami seems to heat up the business of frozen storage, but we’re going to name one anyway – Miami seaports, specifically PortMiami and Port Everglades.

PortMiami is known as the largest container port in the state of Florida and ninth in the United States, pulling in approximately 7.4 million tons of cargo per year. Port Everglades is recognized as Florida’s leading economic powerhouse, deemed a gateway for international trade. And guess who sits at the feet of both oceanic doorways? Miami Frozen Storage, one of Palisades Logistics’ strategic partners.

Miami Frozen Storage is a clean, cost-effective, family-owned operation that pays attention to every detail and has a keen understanding of what makes these two particular ports special as they relate to the frozen sector.

PortMiami

Florida’s Largest Container Port

While it also caters to cruise ships, PortMiami primarily accepts containerized cargo with small amounts of break bulk, industrial equipment and vehicles. It has one million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of intermodal container traffic each year, and is able to keep operations flowing efficiently with world-class equipment. Seven RORO (roll-on/roll-off) docks, six gantry crane wharves, nine gantry container handling cranes, four refrigerated yards, and break bulk cargo warehouses are a mere handful of examples of what this Port has to offer.

In addition, PortMiami now prides itself on owning two Super Post Panamax gantry cranes, which is certainly a big deal. These cranes are among the largest in the world, capable of loading and unloading mega container ships.

These capabilities coupled with the planned Deep Dredge Project, which is intended to deepen the bay to allow for new, larger cargo ships, would ready PortMiami to accept container ships like the Maersk Triple E Class in the future. Lastly, PortMiami’s ultramodern security gates increase the processing rates for container trucks and eliminate traffic backups.

Port Everglades

A Gateway for International Trade

Port Everglades is notorious for moving cargo in and out in record time. It, too, has had an aggressive expansion of its Port facilities (Northport, Midport and Southport) via a multi-million dollar capital improvement program.

This Port is the first in the USA to have the ELMOcargo system installed and to have Customs and Border Protection (CBP) radiation portal monitors for scanning all containers leaving the Port by truck.

The most notable improvement for Port Everglades is its expansion with a new rail yard, called an Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), which allows cargo containers to be directly transported between railcar and ship. With this system, it is calculated that the ICTF will eliminate 180,000 truck trips by the year 2029.

Finally, Port Everglades sports new and elaborate marine cargo terminals and a 99% uptime on gantry cranes. All of these advantages, coupled with a locale within a mile of the Atlantic Shipping Lane, give this Port every right to brag!

When it comes to moving frozen cargo from these Ports, Miami Frozen Storage has all hands on deck to get it done right. For more information, go to our webpage Miami Frozen Storage.

Palisades Logistics

Certainly the ability to effectively and efficiently transport temperature-controlled products to 3PL cold storage providers in Miami, Florida is a concern for supply chain and cold chain managers in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern.

Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as Miami Frozen Storage. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics, or to request a rate quote for Miami frozen storage services, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via the Palisades Logistics Contact Form.

Cold Storage: It’s Complicated – Part 2

Miami cold storage: picture of a red heart frozen in a block of iceAs we move toward a more globalized food chain, one Danfoss North America EnVisioneering Symposium contributor explained that it is “… now necessary for the U.S. food industry and food safety regulators to be concerned with the ‘other end of the chain.’ That means both investing in foreign source countries – in equipment, facilities, and training – and in monitoring performance.”

The impact of this message is felt by cold storage providers throughout the logistics industry, whether they manage a Miami cold storage facility or cold storage warehouses elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad.

A New Approach to Cold Storage

Driving change through technology is also paramount in the new world of cold storage. Pushed by the need to handle more diversified goods and acknowledge the rising cost of land, particularly near ports, the industry leans toward larger building footprints. And this is just one modification to address bigger competition. Other suggestions, including automated storage in high-rise refrigerated facilities and more elaborate rooftop systems, will also require a new approach to cold storage design.

Cultivating the Complicated 3PL Relationship

Hence, combine the burden of efficient and safer operations with labor needs and a finicky customer base, and 3PL stands in a tough place. If it applies innovation, automation, and updates to cold storage operations, there is no guarantee that a customer base will remain long enough to justify the investment. But if a 3PL does not invest in these improvements, business will most certainly be lost. So, the never-ending quest to turn a fastidious relationship with its customers into a long-term commitment can only be explained by the cold storage arena this way: “It’s complicated.”

Palisades Logistics

Balancing the need for safer, more efficient operations with labor needs and customer demands is a concern for supply-chain and cold-chain managers throughout the logistics industry, but it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured strong business relationships with top-notch companies like Miami Frozen Storage. Palisades Logistics’ growing regional network of partners affords customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via the Palisades Logistics’ Contact Form.

Cold Storage: It’s Complicated – Part I

Cold Storage Miami: gray scale photo of thermometer representing critical nature of temperature in the proper storage of perishable goods.Unless you are a warehousing or logistics professional, you probably think of ‘cold storage’ simply as a place where you can keep perishable goods like fruits, vegetables, beverages, meats, and even tobacco from going bad. And while this idea is correct overall, the actual definition is getting increasingly more complicated with time.

A cold storage warehouse, like the Miami cold storage facility operated by our partner, Miami Frozen Storage, is a refrigerated, or deep-freeze, storage facility specifically designed for perishable goods. These warehouses maintain controlled, interior temperatures as low as -25C degrees to prevent spoiling, rotting, and sprouting. The specially controlled temperatures also help prevent insect damage and other forms of degradation, enabling seasonal agricultural products to be provided to retailers across a much longer season – sometimes year-round. Most importantly, the concept of cold storage means receiving foodstuffs and other perishable items intact through proper management and accurate and timely shipping.

Facing Complex Challenges

But modern cold storage has become more complex. Its challenges now exceed the common culprits of food spoilage, non-performance of rack labels in extreme environments, cost effectiveness, and product traceability.

In June 2015, Danfoss North America hosted its 23rd EnVisioneering Symposium, “Paths of Food,” which concentrated on the tendencies of the cold food chain that are altering the norms for food producers, warehouses, retailers, and consumers. The symposium addressed the desperate need for a consistent culture of safety through all phases of the cold storage chain.

Steps to Resolving the Dilemma

No doubt, meeting rapidly changing customer demands while still addressing the real impact of regulations on facility operations is quite the dilemma for the cold storage industry. Cold storage providers are faced with the need to redesign facilities and systems, and retrain workers on current best practices when immersed in the harsh environments of a frozen facility. Beyond storage and worker safety, these providers also face the scrutiny of food exposure and shipping.

Palisades Logistics

The cold storage industry faces increasingly complicated challenges today. Ensuring that strict food safety requirements are met is a major concern for cold-chain managers in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern.

Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies like Miami Frozen Storage. Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider with the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements, whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics, or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via our Contact Form.

Transporting Frozen Goods to Miami Cold Storage & Doing It with Flying Colors

Cold Storage Miami Air: photo of cold storage box being loaded onto an airplaneIn order to support the ever-growing demand for cold storage in the enterprising Miami area, it is no secret that aviation is key. The perishables segment has been growing exponentially since 2012. Thus, the ability to land goods in a facility fast and fresh seems like a pretty tall order – except for Miami.

To give an example of this city’s can-do mindset, Miami International Airport (MIA) carriers like AA Cargo are offering a “Cool Perishables” program to ensure commodities reach their cold storage destinations intact. The program provides “pre-cooling, confirmed cooler space, and expedited USDA and customs clearances on site for fresh shipments … [And] it is unique because the cooler equipment extracts hot air and infuses cool air, which adds shelf-life to the product and is a value-add to our customers,” says Joe Goode, managing director of cargo sales at American Airlines.

A Key Player in the World’s Air Cargo Market

Miami International has more scheduled non-stop cargo flights to the Caribbean and Latin America than a handful of major US airports combined, and has had significant gains in the world’s air cargo market. Some of America’s largest imports like flowers, fruits, vegetables and seafood, crucial to Miami trade, enter the US via this airport.

Convenient Clearance and Multimodal Movement

Business is further expedited by a unique “one-stop” Cargo Clearance Center, which houses approximately 300 inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, lending a 24-hour cargo clearance operation. Additionally, a completed $500 million Cargo Development Program that includes 17 new cargo buildings, amounting to over 3.5 million gross square feet of space, enough to accommodate 17 B747’s or 38 DC-10F’s, enables Miami International to facilitate a multimodal movement of short-lived commodities to and from the airport in record time.

Additional Value-Added Service

But awesome perishable handling doesn’t stop here. The biggest value-added service for customers rests with their ultimate cold storage destination. And one notable facility, located a short three miles from Miami International, is Miami Frozen Storage, LLC.

Privately-owned and operated, Miami Frozen Storage has the perfect spot to secure and handle air cargo, and remains central to the perishable market’s customer base overall. The company’s warehousing managers are hands-on to ensure daily best practices are followed to keep products fresh, safe and correctly prepared for consumer distribution. Finally, with multiple storage rooms offering varying temperature barometers, Miami Frozen can appease the most finicky product or business direction.

Palisades Logistics

So when it comes to frozen transport and storage, Miami seems to sit on top of the food chain. Certainly the ability to effectively and efficiently transport temperature-controlled products to 3pl cold storage providers in Miami, Florida is a concern for supply-chain and cold-chain managers in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern.

Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as Miami Frozen Storage. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider with the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements, whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics, or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via our Contact Form.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles – How to Transport Frozen Goods to Miami’s Cold Storage Providers

Miami's Cold Storage Providers - Palisades Logistics: Florida vintage 1920s map (printed in 1926 - copyrights expired) with a red pushpin on Miami, selective focusAs the title might allude, this is a three-part series on modes of transportation and how they interact with cold storage providers in Miami and the southern tip of Florida. Why is this important?

First, there are more than 20 million people living in the state of Florida. Those twenty million people most likely consume their share of products that require cold storage and frozen warehousing solutions. Think ice cream, seafood and other temperature-controlled packaged foods.

Second, regional seaports in the greater Miami area including Port Everglades handled over one million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2014 and are major trading partners with many Central and South American countries (Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica to name a few).

The modes by which  temperature-controlled products get in and out of cold storage in Miami is a topic we should be talking about!

This first part of our three-part series focuses on the most flexible mode of them all – trucking – or what we here at Palisades Logistics like to call “over-the-road (OTR) domestic transportation.”

Miami’s Cold Storage and Its Over-the-Road Domestic Transportation

The Interstate Highway System

The Interstate highway system is essential to the effective and efficient movement of goods throughout the United States; the same is true for the state of Florida. Interstates 75, 95 and 10 play a major role in the inter-state and intra-state transportation of goods. Imagine Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream traveling south down 95, starting in New England, travelling over 1,200 miles to reach its cold storage provider in Miami. The same can be said for frozen, organic venison traveling over 1,400 miles from the Michigan Peninsula via Interstate 75. And, finally, imagine the thousands of pounds of fresh produce traveling from Central California – over 2,800 miles – to reach its second-to-last stop in southern Florida. That second-to-last stop is a temperature-controlled warehouse in Miami!

The Florida Turnpike

The other aspect or part of the over-the-road domestic transportation system within the state of Florida that plays a complimentary role to the federal Interstate system is the Florida Turnpike. Originally known as the Sunshine State Parkway and now officially referred to as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, this system of roads was built in 1957, with the most recent section of the system completed in 1974. It runs 308 miles north and south through the state of Florida. Commuters, tourists and truck drivers traveled over 9.1 billion miles on Florida’s Turnpike system in 2015. A large portion of these miles were traveled with the purpose of delivering temperature-controlled products to their cold storage providers in Miami, Florida.

Upcoming Blog Topic

Stay tuned for our next blog analyzing the second mode of transportation (airplanes) available to shippers for the transportation of their frozen goods to Miami’s cold storage providers.

Palisades Logistics

Certainly the ability to effectively and efficiently transport temperature-controlled products to 3PL cold storage providers in Miami, Florida is a concern for supply chain and cold chain managers in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as Miami Frozen Storage. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.

For more information about Palisades Logistics or to request a rate quote, please contact us at 973-331-8220 or via the Palisades Logistics’ Contact Form.