FSMATeamwork is key to complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

By Taylor Howerton

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed by Congress and signed into law in 2011, is designed to protect Americans from increased foodborne illnesses by establishing federal regulation that strengthens the U.S. food supply chain. Considered by many as the most sweeping reform of America’s food safety laws in more than 70 years, it was created to address the significant risk that food contamination poses to public health. 

CalgaryCalgary, Alberta, offers a range of transportation and logistics opportunities.

 By Alan Dorich

Some might recognize Calgary, Alberta, primarily for its architecture. But the city, which is an hour away from the Canadian Rockies, has become a major center for transportation and logistics operations.

 TECH IMPROVING 01Technologies can help enhance the lives and safety of drivers.

By Michael Rofman

There’s no question that technology is transforming trucking, just as it has disrupted and transformed so many other industries. It has improved performance, vastly increased the amount and type of data that trucking businesses have to evaluate efficiency, and it’s also changing the role of drivers. Along with that, these new technologies can and should be viewed as cost-savings instruments. While we’re still a few years away from having an industry that runs on self-driving trucks, there are a number of technologies that exist today that not only help businesses grow their bottom line, but enhance the lives and safety of drivers – ultimately shrinking shortages and improving retention.

 GOING GREEN 01Green practices bring benefits beyond the environment.

By Augie Grasis

Over-the-road trucking has recently come under fire with new regulations for carbon emissions. New studies on the effects of climate change over the last decade have prompted authorities to take measures for reducing the carbon footprint in all industries, including the shipping industry. While the new administration has promised to ease back some of this regulation, the trend toward green practices is still a good idea; though the reason is perhaps less to “save the environment” and more to lower operating costs.

 FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION 02There is a tremendous opportunity for increased efficiency.

 By Fabrizio Brasca

Over the past 20 years, transportation management has evolved from a cost-driven execution function to a strategic enabler, with the goal of maintaining a balance between cost and service. While the adoption rate of advanced technology for transportation management is reasonably high, there is still a tremendous opportunity for increased efficiency. 

 CUSTOMER FOCUSED 01Shippers can use automated systems to impress their customers.

 By Tony Donofrio

The delivery model ushered in by online retailers such as Amazon is now rippling throughout entire supply chains – bringing with it a new focus on customer experience. Transportation management technology has become an industry backbone that helps suppliers, manufacturers and retailers not only reduce a product’s carbon footprint and carve away cost, but also customize shipping and packaging services at scale. 

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