May 17, 2020

CH Robinson to manage new Robinson Fresh operations facility

CH Robinson
US logistics
Food and drink supply chain
Admin
2 min
The new Robinson fresh facility has been put in a strategic location
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.CH Robinson announced today that the company has begun operations out of a new, state of the art facility...

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CH Robinson announced today that the company has begun operations out of a new, state of the art facility near Los Angeles in order to provide Robinson Fresh customers with expanded and efficient supply chain solutions.  

The service centre in Corona, California has over 187,000 square feet of warehouse space that includes over 135,000 square feet of temperature controlled operations, eight cold rooms with varying temperature zones, 28 docks doors, as well as cutting edge air purification technology and cold chain handling processes. The facility is PTI compliant, PrimusGFS certified, and certified organic.

Robinson Fresh will provide temperature controlled distribution services that support national and regional programs, repack, consolidation, cross dock, forward distribution, and floral services throughout the facility.

 By centralising these operations, Robinson Fresh will create just-in-time efficiencies for customers in order to address seasonal surges and capacity strains within the market.

Ray Griffin, Director of Global sourcing at Robinson Fresh, said: “The Los Angeles service centre is an important addition to CH Robinson’s robust network of nationwide service centres.

“Strategically located operations provide a value-added service that complements our sourcing and transportation expertise and provide a single source solution for customers who seek end-to-end supply chain services.”

With location being a key component to maximizing supply chain efficiency, the Los Angeles service centre is in close proximity to multiple retail distribution centres, major US shipping ports, and West Coast metropolitan areas. Robinson Fresh manages seven additional facilities located in north east, mid-west, south, and south-eastern areas of the US.

Griffin added: “We are positioned to help our customers more efficiently bring their fresh products and dry goods to market. The service center provides an accommodating suite of solutions that are customized and supported by a team of supply chain experts.”

Robinson Fresh got its start in the produce industry over 100 years ago, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the settlers of North America. Today, Robinson Fresh is one of the largest produce companies in the world and offers the highest quality products. For more information about Robinson Fresh, visit http://www.robinsonfresh.com


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Jun 15, 2021

FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles

FedEx
Logistics
LastMile
AutonomousVehicles
3 min
FedEx is expanding a trial of autonomous vehicles in its last-mile logistics process with partner Nuro, including multi-stop and appointment deliveries

FedEx is embarking on an expanded test of autonomous, driver-less delivery vehicles to develop its last-mile logistics. 

The US logistics firm piloted autonomous vehicles from Nuro in April this year, and the pair will now explore that further in a multi-year partnership. Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partnerships, said the collaboration "will enable innovative, industry-first product offerings that will better everyday life and help make communities safer and greener". 

FedEx will explore a variety of on-road use cases for the autonomous fleet, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries, going beyond more traditional applications of the technology in single-route movement of goods from A-B. Exponential growth in ecommerce is spurring its broader experimentation in new autonomy solutions, Fed-Ex says, both in-warehouse and on-road. 

“FedEx was built on innovation, and it continues to be an integral part of our culture and business strategy,” said Rebecca Yeung, Vice President, Advanced Technology and Innovation, FedEx Corporation. “We are excited to collaborate with an industry leader like Nuro as we continue to explore the use of autonomous technologies within our operations.”

 

The changing role of couriers 

Unlike structured delivery networks, operating under long-term partnerships and contracts, agility is where couriers deliver true value - and their ability to deftly solve last-mile fulfilment has most acutely been felt during the pandemic. For the billions of people around the world forced to stay at home to protect themselves and their communities from the spreading COVID-19 virus, couriers have been a constant. They may have been the only knock at the door some people experienced for weeks or months at a time. 

But the last-mile has been uprooted by a boom in ecommerce, a shift that has been most apparent in the UK, US, China and Japan, according to the Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2021 by Apex Insight. These are markets with dominant economies and populations used to running their lives with a tap of a screen or double-click of a mouse. 

“Getting last mile delivery right has long been a challenge for retailers,” says Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail at Capgemini. “In 2019, 97% of retail organisations felt their last-mile delivery models were not sustainable for full-scale implementation across all locations. Despite increasing demand from customers, companies were struggling to make the last mile profitable and efficient.”

Jacobs says that the pandemic alleviated some of these stresses in the short term. With no other option, consumers were understanding and tolerant, if not entirely happy, with longer delivery times and less transparent tracking. “But, as extremely high delivery demand continues to be normal, customers will expect brands to contract their delivery times,” he adds. 

Last mile's role in ESG

Demand and volume weren’t the only things that have changed during the pandemic - businesses looked closer to home and as a result became more sustainable. Bricks and mortar stores were transformed from mini-showrooms to quasi-fulfilment centres. Online retailers and other businesses sought local solutions to ship more faster. In densely populated London, UK alone, Accenture found that delivery van emissions dropped by 17%, while Chicago, USA and Sydney, Australia saw similar emissions savings. 
 

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