Expertise and careful planning are required to keep things exactly cold enough
American Fast Freight (AFF), a subsidiary of Odyssey Logistics & Technology, provides services to grocery stores, distribution centers, and restaurants, among other customers who appreciate knowing exactly when a shipment will arrive. “Our clients like the predictability of a one-hour delivery window, knowing that they’ll receive their shipment every Monday at 1 p.m.,” says Craig Forbes, vice president of operations at AFF for Alaska, who adds that the majority of the cargo is transported on TOTE Maritime or Matson steamship lines. “This enables our customers to reduce inventory costs.”
AFF takes an added step. The company receives chilled and frozen items at its state-of-the-art facility in Fife, Washington, where items are unloaded into a specially designed, temperature-controlled environment. When the goods arrive in Anchorage, they are delivered via refrigerated containers to another temperature-controlled facility there.
“The products never leave a temperature-controlled environment, so the cold chain isn’t broken,” says Forbes, adding that AFF is the only freight forwarder in the industry with this capability. “With such a focus on food quality these days, we thought it was important to make this investment in infrastructure at our origin and destination points to protect food safety and our customers.”
Read the full article via Alaska Business Magazine
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