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June 21, 2016
                          Allen Lund Company Newsletter
                            Written by your perishable experts 

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Back to the Future

This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Allen Lund Company. From our very beginning back in 1976 we began specializing in perishable transportation. However, the produce business has changed through the years as a result of the cutting edge technology that is being integrated into transportation.

New technology is available to monitor the movement of perishables from the farm to the consumer. We are able to track temperature and location via GPS with accuracy that wasn't even on anyone's drawing board 40 years ago. New smart units can monitor, transmit and download air temperature from one end of the trailer to the other, and transmit the information to a smartphone or desktop anywhere in the world. With all of this technology, produce perishables have never had such a good ride and most importantly the consumer has never enjoyed produce so fresh and safe.

All of this trailer technology is great but what about the tractors that are pulling them? Have they been left behind? Well, buckle your seat belt and hang on for a ride into the future!

We have witnessed change over the years, but this is just the beginning. We already have robot tractors that can plow, plant or harvest a field of produce with little operator assistance thanks to GPS. We have cars that can parallel park, brake automatically to avoid a rear end collision and operate without assistance. Google's self-driving car, for example, uses laser technology to maneuver safely through even LA traffic. Trucks are being tested that will have similar capability and even more bells and whistles. Future vehicles will soon be connected to and guided by sensors in the highway making driving and traffic management safer for everyone.

So imagine it's the year 2025 and you need a load of lettuce picked up in Salinas for a 3rd morning delivery to the Boston Market. You call your favorite broker at Allen Lund Company and place the order. An autonomous tractor/trailer arrives at your dock. The trailer is loaded and ready to roll. Using some kind of "drone like technology" your load locks into some form of "highway GPS laser grid technology" and strolls uninterrupted/unrestricted 3,198 miles all the way to Beantown!
Providing the freshest, safest and most nutritious produce will always be our first priority. It will be fascinating to observe how all of these future technological creations will be adapted and integrated to improve and reinvent the produce supply chain. I'll see you in the future which is sooner than you think!

Bill Bess
Director of Carrier Development

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Bill Bess
Bill BessDirector of Carrier Development, was previously the manager of the Orlando, FL office, and has been with the Allen Lund Company for 31 years. With 43 years of experience in the transportation of perishable products, Bess' expertise includes perishable supply chain protocol.

About Allen Lund Company: Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to transport dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has an international division, which is licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF, and a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics. 
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