Arcadia Cold
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Arcadia out to transform U.S. cold chain

Feb. 21, 2023
The food-industry 3PL plans to establish a ‘world-class’ digital operating platform with Blue Yonder’s suite of logistics solutions.

Arcadia Cold is partnering with Blue Yonder to implement the supply chain services company’s warehouse management system (WMS), labor management, and warehousing tasking—all part of Blue Yonder’s Luminate Logistics platform—to “futureproof” its warehouse and transportation operations.

Netlogistik, a Blue Yonder technology partner, will implement the project, Arcadia said.

“As a fast-emerging logistics company, we were seeking a supply chain solutions provider that could help us scale our operations and be a trusted advisor as our business grows,” Chris Lafaire, CIO at Arcadia, said in a news release. “We felt Blue Yonder was the best fit as their logistics solutions are always ranked as a leader by industry analysts and, after a thorough review, determined they best met our business needs.”

Arcadia specializes in providing third-party handling, storage, distribution, and value-added services to the food industry. In 2022, it launched a platform to develop a national cold storage network of high-quality facilities across the U.S., with the goal of adding approximately 200,000 pallet positions of refrigerated and frozen capacity to the existing third-party cold storage market as part of its initial rollout, the company said. Arcadia will open its first three new cold storage facilities in Fort Worth, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Hazleton, Pennsylvania; this summer, bringing the first 120,000 pallet positions to the U.S. market.

“Arcadia Cold is revolutionizing the 3PL space and looking to meet the U.S. food supply chain needs over the next few years, which is why we are excited to be working with them to help them realize their objective of providing a superior customer experience,” said Mark Nordick, senior vice president of logistics at Blue Yonder. “Our logistics suite will also allow them to truly control the fulfillment process and dynamically scale based on customer needs to meet the future demands of their rapidly growing cold storage network.”

With Blue Yonder’s AI-driven supply chain platform, Arcadia expects to deliver a superior customer experience with its ability to:

  • Scale operations as needed
  • Drive employee engagement, performance, and retention
  • Optimize task management with advanced algorithm and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Leverage an API library to gain competitive edges and drive unique business processes

Arcadia will first deploy Blue Yonder’s WMS, labor management, and warehouse tasking to fully digitize its warehouses and gain inbound and outbound visibility into shipments, as well as optimize operations and resource planning to ensure accuracy, timeliness, efficiency, and compliance. The company also plans to deploy Blue Yonder’s transportation management system (TMS) functionalities, including appointment scheduling, and planning and execution capabilities into and out of its facilities.

“We are honored to have been chosen as the strategic partner for Arcadia Cold, our experience in strategy advisement and delivery services of the Blue Yonder Luminate Logistics suite allowed us to demonstrate to Arcadia Cold the value in capabilities, platform, and innovation provided by Blue Yonder,” said Scott Zickert, managing partner at Netlogistik.

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