Expectations for Refrigerated Truck Providers

by Michael Kotendzhi | Trucking, Food & Drink

Food and beverage companies are expected to move products quicker than ever before, while simultaneously abiding my strict food industry regulations. In order to keep up with these demands, you can partner with a successful 3PL provider throughout your supply chain. Below, we will assess quality traits to look for in a refrigerated truck provider.

Record of making RAD dates:

It’s crucial to get your products to their end destination by the requested RAD dates. Be sure to ask prospective carriers for their past records related to RAD, which you’d want to see above 90% in terms of percentage met.

Efficient delivery times within 48 hours of being ordered:

It’s not uncommon for shippers to send orders to carriers before the freight arrives. This ample time gives the carrier the ability to make necessary preparations. To assess this, ask prospective carriers for their KPI reports.

Making food industry requirements:

In order to protect the quality of your products, your carrier should follow FSMA regulations, which covers temperature controlled transport and the prevention of cross contamination. Additionally, you’d want your transportation provider to have certification from an independent auditing agency.

An integrated TMS system:

Your carrier’s TMS system should be able to successfully handle all electronic reporting and invoicing duties. It should also be able to sync with all systems and be able to deliver information electronically.

If you’re searching for a carrier that checks all of the above, be sure to check out 18 Wheels Logistics based in Vancouver, British Columbia. We wear many hats in the supply chain, being a provider for co-packing, distribution, warehousing, and trucking. Our goal is to help you optimize your supply chain and have the best customer experience possible. 

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.