by Ashley Barey
IT MAY BE EASY TO RESIST CHANGE. BUT ANY CHANGE THAT MAKES ONE’S JOB EASIER IS WELCOME. THAT’S WHY THESE INDUSTRY LEADERS SAY THEY’RE ENCOURAGED BY THE CURRENT (AND SOMEWHAT FORCED) STATE OF COLD CHAIN OPERATIONS.
They say there is a silver lining to every situation. So, what was the silver lining of the pandemic? That was my first question to four cold chain executives in a recent roundtable briefing:
• Chris Caulfield, Vice President of Operations, Temperature Monitoring and Sensing, Zebra Technologies
• Cathy Langham, President and Owner, Langham Logistics
• Ranjeet Banerjee, CEO of Cold Chain Technologies
• TJ Rizzo, Chief Commercial Officer, Cold Chain Technologies
Each agreed that it has been refreshing to see cold chain entities proactively collaborate across traditional silos – even if it has been a forced change. They also see immense value in the organizational restructuring that has occurred because of people’s changing employment preferences, expanding skill sets, and professional ambitions as well as customers’ mounting demands.
But, as I listened to each executive share their experiences, what I found most interesting was:
• How many different operational changes were encouraged – and adopted – because of the pandemic, and which will likely be sustained long term due to some surprising learnings.
• How labor shortages have impacted cold chains – and how those impacts differ from what other types of supply chains are reporting today. Read more >