What types of automation does Americold use?

Americold strives to deploy only the most appropriate types and amounts of automation given the circumstances – we don’t automate for automation’s sake. Because of this philosophy, we have a number of different technologies in use today and in our plans for the future. Semi-automated systems, such as pallet shuttles operating in deep storage racking and forklift-attached layer pickers, are used in addition to highly automated systems such as pallet load Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems, robotic layer pickers, pallet mono-rails, and case buffer/sequencing technologies with robotic palletization. All are designed to the specifications we require and, of course, to operate in our temperature-controlled environments.

What are some of Americold’s newest technology innovations that I could benefit from?

Americold’s IT infrastructure is second to none – we work with top-tier providers who specialize in supply chain systems to ensure we’re at the forefront of what’s available.

Our WMSs are the brains behind inventory management, planning, and electronically building order instructions for our Associates and systems to fulfill. You’re able to customize pallet builds so orders are loaded sequentially for ease of use at the destination, be it a distribution center or an aisle in a grocery store.

We can even support your pallet management program within our systems if you have one.

Our WMSs work through Warehouse Execution Systems to control multiple solutions, such as Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, Automated Guided Vehicles, pallet moles, pallet transportation systems, lifts, and pallet wrapping and labeling equipment.

With our linked facility network, we’re able to provide visibility to all of your inventory, no matter where it is across our network. And we’ve streamlined our truck appointment process by introducing Online Appointment Scheduling through i-3PL.

Americold’s Warehouse Management Systems are fully integrated, meaning that you have complete control of you supply chain and inventory through our i-3PL system. Access it on any computer, tablet, or smart phone. Reach out to us if you’d like to know more information and a system demonstration.

How can Americold minimize business transition risk and launch disruption?

Our Program Management Office (PMO) includes experts in operations, engineering, construction, and refrigeration. We build or retrofit proven solutions on-time, with full risk and contingency planning. Our network of warehouses enables us to create short-term storage strategies with tollgate milestones to implement a backup plan. Our rigorous methodology ensures your launch is successful through detailed ramp-up and staffing planning, multi-workstream integration, and KPI visibility and oversight.

How do I know if my business could benefit from automation?

Our in-house supply chain engineers and architects are industry experts in all forms of automated design. We have full-line facility design capabilities, competitive with any paid consulting firm, and the full process is in-house: Design, Build, Operate. We have extensive experience in rationalization of technologies through data analysis, design alternative evaluation, supplier selection, and business case assessment.

What are the locations of your Regional Consolidation Centers?

We have Regional Consolidation Centers in Allentown-PA, Atlanta-GA, Carthage-MO, City of Industry-CA, Clearfield-UT, and Rochelle-IL.  All locations have been chosen for their location, ease-of-access for our carrier partners, and consolidation activity volume-handling capabilities.

Where is Americold located?

Our corporate headquarters are located at 10 Glenlake Parkway, Suite 600, South Tower, Atlanta, GA 30328. In addition, we have business development and operations offices located throughout the world. Visit our Facilities page for more information and an interactive map.

What ancillary/value-added services does Americold provide?

Americold offers a full range of ancillary/value-added services for its customers – the following are just a few examples: manifesting/take weights, slatting & de-slatting, manual order entry, USDA Services, case and each picking, aisle-ready pallet preparation, date stamping, light processing, blast freezing, and tempering. Discover more by clicking here . We can develop new processes and services to compliment your products as well – you have only to ask.