Owning and operating Cold Storage requires high fixed costs from initial expenses, such as buildings, material handling equipment, racking, cooling units and complex technology needs such as a warehouse management system and an data interface. Expenses are driven even higher with variable costs such as labor, utilities and building maintenance. Third-party logistics (3PL) operations are outsourced warehousing solutions which offer the ability to pay for the space you need with the flexibility to adjust as your requirements change.
Operating a distribution center requires the right people, processes, systems, and tools to do the job efficiently. However, investing in these areas is extremely costly and requires experience. Utilizing a shared or third-party logistics (3PL) warehouse is an option, however companies are competing for space and resources. A contract operation provides customers with dedicated staff, equipment, space, and technology.
We provide transportation brokerage thru reliable carriers or provide dedicated, full truck load services thru our affiliate Choice Transportation Inc. where we own a modern temperature controlled fleet. As a temperature controlled carrier we work with perishable products that have a limited shelf life and there is no time to loose in transit from the fields, to the production plant, to the shelf where the customer buys it.
Choice's suite of powerful cold storage/logistics software is built and supported by a our in-house, top-tier team of supply chain experts.
Accurate traceability data for product location – in transit or in a warehouse rack – relates to customer satisfaction and inventory metrics. When temperature changes, accurate location information is key.
Full real-time stock traceability, visibility & control, interfaces to manufacturing or ERP systems. Accuracy and real-time visibility with hand-held units.