Cardinal receives Food Logistics’ Top 3PL & Cold Storage Provider Award

Cardinal receives Food Logistics’ Top 3PL & Cold Storage Provider Award

Concord, NC – August 19, 2019 – Transportation and cold storage providers play a critical role in ensuring an integrated and safe food delivery system, leveraging industry expertise, technologies, TMS, and warehouse management systems. Cardinal Logistics has been recognized as a leader in food transportation and cold storage by Food Logistics.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of our industries top 3PL and cold storage companies”, said Vin McLoughlin, Cardinal Chairman of the Board. “We understand the critical role transportation provides in our food chain and take seriously our responsibility in getting food safely from farm to table.”

“The complexities of the global food supply chain are forging a more collaborative relationship between leading 3PLs, cold storage providers and their customers. Improved customer care, tighter integration between systems, and more value-added services are among the results,” remarks Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director, Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Companies that earned a spot on Food Logistics’ 2019 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list exemplify how collaboration combined with the latest technologies can create a winning formula for profitability and supporting food/beverage customers’ goals.”

Please look for this year’s Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers in the August 2019 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.

About Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation
Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Cardinal is an award-winning leading third-party logistics provider focused on providing Dedicated Contract Carriage, Final Mile Delivery and Transportation Management services to multiple industries across the nation. Cardinal’s logistics experts work directly with clients to optimize their supply chains by developing and implementing customized transportation solutions including specialized equipment and handling, and integrated technology.

3 myths of private fleet outsourcing

3 myths of private fleet outsourcing

Getting your products to customers has never been more challenging. The driver shortage continues to escalate, regulations hinder productivity, and the investment required to keep your fleet maintained and up to date is daunting.

Some companies believe operating a private fleet gives them more control over their business and operating costs and a better customer experience. Other companies have found outsourcing to a dedicated fleet partner frees up precious capital and allows management to focus on building the core business rather than moving products and managing transportation complexities.

With a carefully selected dedicated fleet partner, your concerns can be alleviated and these common myths dispelled:


Outsourcing my private fleet means loyal drivers will lose their jobs

Institutional knowledge of your customers and routes is invaluable. A good dedicated fleet partner will work closely with you to transition qualified drivers to their payroll benefitting all parties and providing continuity for your customers.



A third party won’t give my customers the high-quality service they deserve.

Your chosen dedicated fleet carrier should view your customers as their customers and invest in service-oriented people and processes to ensure a positive experience with your brand with each customer interaction.



It is less expensive to run my own fleet than to outsource.

Managing the day-to-day operations of a private fleet has direct and hidden costs that impact your profitability, raise risk and liability, and expose your brand. Your dedicated fleet provider can provide scalability and experience to improve costs and efficiencies, leverage a continuous improvement process to meet your company’s changing needs and goals, and they should protect your brand as if it is their own.

An outsourced dedicated fleet program delivers the benefits of a private fleet but without the daily challenges of managing one. Your dedicated fleet partner recruits, trains, and manages drivers, guarantees capacity to meet fluctuating demand, leverages technology to provide full visibility across your transportation network, and shares in the risk and liability of the fleet so you can focus on growing your core business.

Are misconceptions of outsourcing your private fleet holding you back from even considering it as a viable business strategy? Let’s debunk those transportation myths.


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4 questions to test the viability of your transportation network

4 questions to test the viability of your transportation network

A good transportation network requires a strategic symphony of well-managed resources uniquely crafted to fit the specific needs of a business. However, work-around processes are often put in place to meet unanticipated customer demands. This can cause inefficiencies and result in an unproductive environment of misaligned resources and processes. The supply chain becomes complicated, and inefficiencies can afflict the business for years to come.

The execution of a good transportation network begins with four questions:

1) Is our transportation network simple, stable, and consistent?

Individually these three conditions are important but not as impactful as when they are working in concert. When unified, they form a powerful strategy that can transform an inefficient supply chain. Simplifying processes aids in productivity, reduces man hours, and decreases overall transportation-related cost. The emphasis becomes laser focused on income-producing activities that can be duplicated again and again to create a stable and consistent supply chain process.

2) Do we have the right technology to keep pace with our distribution network?

The world is constantly changing, and technology is at the forefront of the evolution. While integrating a new system might seem challenging, you may no longer have the luxury to wait another budget cycle. Customers demand shorter wait times, better quality products, and customer service experiences to match. Satisfying these demands requires visibility across your supply chain and real-time customizations that will keep your brand in a positive light and at the forefront of your customers’ minds.

3) Are our drivers properly trained and equipped to be a great representation of our brand?

Drivers are so much more than just people driving trucks. Drivers are the physical representation of your brand and should have skillsets that compliment what your company symbolizes. Unfortunately hiring and retaining drivers is challenging and costly. With high turnover rates as the norm, finding and retaining good drivers could quickly tie up your resources leaving other parts of your business unattended.

4) Should we manage our supply chain efforts in-house or outsource?

While the prospect of managing your transportation network may sound like a good idea, you could find yourself dealing with uncalculated risks, unaccounted man-hours, and unanticipated costs. The idea of outsourcing can be worrisome as you may feel a loss of control. It is important to thoroughly vet potential partners before allowing them into your business. Speak with their previous clients. Learn about their internal processes. Validate their driver recruiting, training, and retention programs. Make sure they do not approach your business with a cookie-cutter solution. Every transportation network is unique and requires a design built specifically for each business.

Asking these questions before implementing changes can make the difference in the viability of your distribution network, impacting your bottom line and the quality of service delivered to your customers.

Cardinal solves complex mill-to-farm and retailer challenges

Inefficient transportation network. Limited visibility and control. Unmet customer expectations.

These issues can burden a supply chain-dependent business, and left unchecked, can wreak havoc on your bottom line. One of the nation’s largest animal feed distribution companies faced a very similar situation.

Due to their complex transportation network they struggled with managing multiple local carriers across their network, costs varied greatly, management had limited visibility to monitor performance and make business decisions, and customer service suffered. 

Learn how Cardinal Logistics created a customized solution for this feed distribution company that improved customer service, maximized efficiency, provided predictable costs and minimized liability. Since these are common issues that impact a variety of industries, Cardinal’s disciplined and proven approach to tackling these challenges can help a wide variety of businesses.