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The Changing Seasons: Navigating the Summer Harvest

May 30, 2024 | Logistics, Truck Drivers

As we bid farewell to spring and welcome the warmth of summer, the logistics and supply chain industry undergoes a significant shift in focus. With the changing seasons comes a transition in the availability and demand for fresh, locally sourced produce.

This shift in the agricultural landscape brings us to California’s famed Salinas Valley, a region renowned for its bountiful harvests during the warmer months. From late April to mid-to-late October, this valley becomes a hub of activity as farmers tend to fields bursting with an array of vibrant crops perfectly suited for the Spring/Summer season.

What can carriers expect to see coming out of the Valley? A cornucopia of produce awaits, including staples like broccoli, cauliflower, various lettuces, spinach and the fan-favorite, strawberries. These seasonal delights not only delight the palate but also present an opportunity for carriers to play a crucial role in ensuring their timely and efficient delivery to markets far and wide.

As experts in transportation, we recognize the pivotal role carriers play in this seasonal dance of supply and demand. To navigate this busy period successfully, here are some key considerations:

What to Expect:

  • Increased Demand: Prepare for a surge in activity as volume escalates with the abundance of fresh produce.
  • Time-Sensitive Deliveries: Ensure your trailers are equipped with Temperature Controlled Free to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.
  • Higher Trailer Standards: Quality, safety and cleanliness are paramount in maintaining the integrity of your cargo.

Challenges to Anticipate:

  • Route Optimization: Efficient route planning is essential to uphold punctuality and minimize delays.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Adherence to both local and federal regulations is non-negotiable to avoid penalties and ensure smooth operations.
  • Trailer Temperature Control: Maintaining the right temperature within trailers is crucial for preserving the quality of perishable cargo.

Tips for Success:

  • Preparation is Key: Ready your equipment and fleet well in advance to meet the heightened demand.
  • Pre-Cool Trailers: Ensure that trailers are properly cooled before loading to maintain optimal conditions for perishable goods.
  • Open Communication: Maintain transparent communication channels with shippers and receivers to address any challenges swiftly.

Working with Werner Logistics can provide carriers with the support and resources needed to navigate the complexities of the summer season seamlessly. Through platforms like Werner BridgeSM and Werner PowerLinkSM, carriers can efficiently select lanes and access the full backing of our Logistics team. With our diverse capabilities, transporting perishable goods becomes a venture marked by confidence and reliability.

As we embark on this journey together, let’s embrace the opportunities that the summer harvest season presents. With careful planning, clear communication and a commitment to excellence, we can ensure every delivery is a testament to our dedication and expertise in the transportation industry. Here’s to a successful season ahead!

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