NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amazon — the bookseller that transformed into the world’s largest online retailer – has been transforming the way goods are trucked to market. And not just the freight that rolls through its distribution centers. Thank (or blame) the need for speed.
MILTON, ON – It’s freezing in VersaCold’s new distribution center in Milton, Ontario. Below freezing, actually, and that’s a good thing.
Officially opened on January 11, the structure shares little in common with the Sobey’s warehouse that once called it home. It has been transformed into a fully temperature-controlled environment, with individual zones chilled to temperatures between 4 and -30 Celsius. Investments have been made in generators, boilers, and refrigeration panels alike. Concrete floors have been raised and re-poured in 11 seamless sections. The underlying technology used to move pallets of frozen foodstuff has all been upgraded, even to the point of including voice-activated equipment.
RENTON, WA – More than 500 people joined PACCAR Parts in celebrating the grand opening of a new $32-million Distribution Center in Renton, Washington. The 160,000 square-foot facility began operations this April, serving 92 dealerships in Western Canada and the Northwestern U.S. It is one of 17 such Distribution Centers worldwide, and can store 38,000 aftermarket parts for all makes of trucks, trailers and buses.