Schwan’s selects Cooltrax for trailer monitoring

June 26, 2012
Schwan’s Global Supply Chain Inc has selected Cooltrax Fresh inTransit to equip its private fleet of refrigerated trailers with real-time reefer management.

Cooltrax, provider of real-time cold chain tracking and monitoring systems for temperature-sensitive products and mobile assets, announced that Schwan’s Global Supply Chain Inc has selected Cooltrax Fresh inTransit to equip its private fleet of refrigerated trailers with real-time reefer management.

Founded in 1952 as a “one man and a truck” home-delivery business in Marshall MN, the subsidiaries of The Schwan Food Company employ about 14,000 people and operate from about 500 locations including 12 food production facilities in the United States.

The privately held company maintains the largest private fleet in the country and markets hundreds of frozen food products worldwide through its three major business units that serve its food distribution channels: home delivery, retail grocery, and foodservice.

Since 2009, the company has evaluated Cooltrax technology and its ability to provide real-time reporting of fridge status, asset location, cabin temperature, and door status. Such information provides Global Supply managers operational insight critical to proactively managing their rolling stock.

“The Cooltrax monitoring tools reach beyond the interface with our refrigerated units,” said Lee Cummings, private fleet manager, Schwan’s Global Supply Chain. “The independent wireless sensors provide a critical layer of information about our trailer’s ambient temperatures, as well as spot checks on core product temperatures. With this tool we can validate that our standards for temperature consistency exceed company policy, which translates to exceptional product quality to our distribution arm.”

Fresh inTransit tracks the location of refrigerated trailers and reefers, monitors all performance aspects of the fridge unit, and provides independent reefer temperature monitoring using combined telemetry and wireless technologies.

Global Supply will implement Cooltrax throughout its entire private fleet serving the subsidiaries of The Schwan Food Co.

With Fresh inTransit, real-time temperature, fridge performance and location information for any number of assets can be viewed through a single, web-based interface, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Temperature and other performance violations are reported immediately via SMS and/or email to enable pro-active management. Detailed graphs and reports can provide an intuitive record of historical information.

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