18 Wheels Logistics expands in B.C.
by Today's Trucking
May 19, 2020
Tilbury, DELTA, B.C. – 18 Wheels Logistics opened a new 70,000 sq.-ft. facility in Delta, B.C. May 15, offering warehousing, trucking, co-packing and RFID scanning capabilities.
The company told Today’s Trucking it chose the site because it’s closer to its other locations, as well as Vancouver ports. The new facility will allow 18 Wheels to roll out a new software technology that automates processes and increases accuracy.
The new location has 18 dock doors with direct rail sliding for unloading rail cars. The company says it’s targeting the appliance, food and alcohol industries with the new location, but open to all industries.
It’s located in Tilbury Delta BC Canada.
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"We provide warehousing services along with transportation services for our customers. We have about 500,000 square feet of warehouse space," says CEO, Adrian Wen. "We help our customers by managing all their logistics – often remotely. A lot of our customers have their head offices located in Eastern Canada or various parts of the U.S."
The Lower Mainland is the perfect location for 18 Wheels. "Vancouver is a key gateway into North America so our clients need a presence here," adds Adrian. "We provide a single source solution for our customers – providing transportation from the local ports and distribution centres, managing inventory, fulfilling orders, and completing the final delivery to their end customers."
18 Wheels noticed a big reduction in foreign shipments as COVID-19 restrictions kicked in. But these were only temporary. "Over the last month or so, it's picked up. I don't know if it's quite back to normal levels yet, but it's picking up as restrictions are slowly lifting," says Adrian. "Volume for supermarkets and essential products has increased significantly. Overall, we've continued to focus on helping our communities get the items they need to keep the shelves full."
Meanwhile, as COVID-19 restrictions were being introduced, 18 Wheels was also busy working with BC Hydro on an LED lighting upgrade at their Delta facility.
"For social distancing, we've introduced various measures to ensure that our in-house team are safe, along with any drivers coming or going from our facilities. To move forward with our LED project, we'd need to be sure that having outside contractors come in to do the work is safe and in line with social distancing guidelines."
So it seems that for now, energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits in high-traffic industrial areas might have to wait until COVID-19 restrictions ease up a little.
BC Hydro is here to help. Reach out to your Key Account Manager or Regional Energy Manager if you have any questions or concerns.
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