Big Y aims to improve the distribution of refrigerated groceries


Photography courtesy of Big Y

Seeking to improve fleet logistics, Big Y, one of New England’s largest independent supermarket chains, has started replacing two-thirds of its 70 refrigerated trailers with a more sustainable solution. The new trailers are equipped with Carrier Transicold X4 7300 refrigeration units and the eSolutions platform for remote monitoring and control.

Big Y, based in Springfield, Mass., Has started replacing its 70 refrigerated trailers through Ryder System Inc., with Carrier Transicold of Southern New England (CTSNE), which provides refrigeration units and telematics support. .

The eSolutions platform provides continuous visibility of Big Y’s cold chain assets through a centralized data feed that shows temperatures, location and movement of trailers, the company explains. The platform also allows remote control of refrigeration units.

“We have a very strong program to monitor temperatures and perform food safety checks,” Steve Creed, vice president of logistics and distribution for Big Y, said in a statement. “The Carrier Transicold telematics system is an important contributor to this initiative. ”

In addition to monitoring trailer temperatures, the eSolutions platform provides notifications when trailers are coming and going from geo-fenced areas assigned to Big Y’s distribution center and key locations in its retail network; locate unused or underutilized trailer assets, including those deposited by Big Y’s third-party logistics provider with partner suppliers, where they may be inactive for a few days until loaded; and monitors the trailer’s precooling time to minimize fuel wastage, the company explains.

ESolutions platform further optimizes the performance of refrigeration units for energy efficiency and product protection; helps prevent emergency call situations where a refrigeration unit must be primed because it ran out of fuel; includes fuel level monitoring sensors that allow dispatchers to receive low fuel alerts via eSolutions (units can also be programmed to automatically shut down before running out of fuel); and improves refrigeration unit availability through the use of continuous analytical and diagnostic information provided on unit performance, as well as immediate alerts if a warning condition occurs on a unit in service.

Within Big Y’s vast service footprint, refrigerated trailers serve more than 70 supermarkets and 12 convenience stores across New England. The ability of the eSolutions system to improve energy efficiency is critical to Carrier’s progress in reducing the carbon footprint of its customers by more than one gigaton, while achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2030, as noted. in its ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives, says the company.

Part of Carrier Global Corporation, Carrier Transicold offers a full range of refrigerated transport equipment and services and cold chain visibility. For more than 50 years, the company has been providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units and power generation systems. refrigeration of trailers.

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