What’s the scoop behind Logistics Technology and Ice Cream Distribution
Logistics Technology Behind the Ice Cream Supply Chain Distribution
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! July is National Ice Cream Month, and we are honored to share our knowledge about storing, handling, and transporting ice cream. In 2021, there are more e-commerce ice cream companies, unique flavors, and healthier options than ever before.
One of our roles as an end-to-end supply chain provider is to ensure the quality transportation and storage of our partner’s specialty items that require precise temperatures in our temperature-controlled warehouses. Our logistics technology allows us to handle partner products safely and efficiently.
Storage and transportation of ice cream require a -10 Degree Fahrenheit environment, and it is VERY temperature specific. A single mishap in temperature can cause the ice cream to lose its taste, smell, texture, quality and become unsafe to consume. Therefore, ice cream companies rely on a cold supply chain, and that is where Burris Logistics and our logistics technology comes into play.
Our logistics technology simplifies and increases the accuracy of our cold chain operations. It can adapt to warmer months to ensure the safe handling and distribution of specialty products we manage. The scales at the end of our pick lines allow us to correctly weigh our partner’s products with and without the dry ice, to ensure the correct amount of refrigerant is added to each box.
The scales at the end of our pick lines allow us to correctly weigh our partner’s products with and without the dry ice, to ensure the correct amount of refrigerant is added to each box.
Our logistics technology allows us to see a fluctuation in the liner types and dry ice amounts we use for certain partners as we enter the warmer months, such as Ice Cream Month.
The quantity of liners and dry ice amounts can change per partner depending on the seasons.
“Our WMS has algorithms built in to ensure freshness and safe handling, including determining the fastest shipment methods, the quantity of dry ice or gel packs needed, and a factor for seasonality to adjust both based upon destination and weather,” Nick Falk, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Solution Design.
The logistics behind our supply chain distribution also provide our partners with visibility and control; they utilize this complete transparency to hold us accountable for execution with expertise, safety, and efficiency. To improve our technology and IT Solutions, we have taken several initiatives this year to serve Our Partners and team better. For example, we have evolved our Burris Supply Chain Portal to expand our capability for both partners and our operation teams. In addition, we have reached more carriers, vendors, and brokerage agents to implement Inbound Appointment Scheduling to our distribution centers (DC’s).
The frozen food department is showing continuous growth, even after the pandemic. This confirms the need for our quick delivery, accuracy, and WOW service is crucial daily for specialty frozen products, such as ice cream. According to the NFRA, “The frozen department showed two years of back-to-back growth with sales of $54.6 billion delivering $918 million in growth. The top-five selling frozen department categories were ice cream ($6.7B), pizza ($4.8B), seafood ($4.8B), novelties ($4.6B) and complete meals ($4.5B). Pizza, seafood, novelties, vegetables, and prepared potatoes all showed solid growth with an increased percentage of dollar sales ranging from 3.7 to 5.1 percent versus the prior 52-weeks.”
We strive to pair our solutions with our partner’s needs, allowing them to focus on growing their business. With locations across the nation, Burris Logistics empowers our partners to scale their E-commerce business at their own pace.
Burris Logistics is responsible for providing customers with all the necessary solutions for safe and cost-effective ice cream (and other cold foods, of course) distribution. Our extensive range of services includes refrigerated truck transportation, temperature-controlled warehousing, distribution centers in strategic locations, IT support, real-time product monitoring, direct-to-consumer fulfillment, freight brokerage, redistribution, and more to support your specific needs. We also offer speed-to-shelf capabilities, as well as omnichannel and multi-channel distribution. So yes, we are very flexible when it comes to the end-to-end supply chain.
About Burris Logistics
Established in 1925, Burris Logistics operates an expanding network of temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution centers from Maine to Florida and as far west as Oklahoma. This fifth-generation family-owned enterprise provides leading-edge logistics, transportation, and supply chain solutions, coast to coast, through our Brands: Burris Logistics (E-commerce fulfillment, distribution, warehousing, Honor Foods (a redistributor of frozen, refrigerated and dry foodservice products), and Trinity Logistics (a global freight solutions provider). For more information about our trend-setting logistics and deep-rooted values® please visit www.burrislogistics.com.