INTERVIEW

with taylor Hall

Navigating supply chain strain

Commitment to efficiency has long-served Valley Pack. It’s an approach now helping the cold chain and logistics service provider withstand the challenges of Covid-19.

Taylor Hall (pictured above), general manager of Goulburn Valley-based Valley Pack, says the supply chain has come under pressure in the past 18 months and a coordinated response has been key to managing the changes.

“Access to empty containers across our business for all export commodities, both reefer and dry, has become more difficult. Our own wharf transport business has seen significant growth over the past years to over 11,000 TEU per annum, however, equipment access is a problem,” Hall explains.

“Working relationships across the entire supply chain are critical. In an environment where the supply chain is under significant strain due to skyrocketing demand, this has become even more important. Our customers know we will try our best to ensure their shipment can depart on the ideal vessel or flight.”

Despite strain on the supply chain, fresh produce companies still want to get their product to consumers as quickly as possible, an objective Valley Pack strives to facilitate.

Hall says one of the company’s key tools is its heated methyl bromide (MBR) fumigation chambers. The chambers have been configured for MBR for two seasons with a combined capacity of 17 PMC pallets. Valley Pack also has the ability to use them for seafreight where required and to treat grapes with sulfur dioxide (SO2/CO2) for protocol countries such as New Zealand.

“The fumigation/cold treatment process we offer is ‘farm gate–Valley Pack–Sydney’. We are able to collect peaches off the line in Swan Hill, Cobram or Shepparton in the afternoon, fumigate and vent overnight, pre-cool during the day and transport to Sydney over the next night,” explains Hall.

“This means the journey from packhouse to airfreight facility in Sydney occurs in 40 hours, making Sydney a more attractive load port than Melbourne given the access to flights.

“Although plums require three days cold treatment post fumigation, our load out timing is the same, meaning we can reach Sydney just as quickly as Melbourne.”

One of Valley Pack’s key tools is its heated methyl bromide (MBR) fumigation chambers.

Valley Pack’s ability to navigate today’s challenges is also supported by pre-pandemic advances. The development of the company’s road freight capabilities has dramatically improved efficiencies.

Article from Produce Plus Spring Edition 2021.

“High productivity freight vehicle access in Victoria in the last four years has completely revolutionised containerised export from country Victoria,” notes Hall. “PBS A-Double vehicles are allowing us to deliver two 40ft containers to the port on each truck, whilst the containers are on continuous power.

“What this means for packers and growers is they are getting freight rates similar and at times cheaper than rail, with the service, speed, and accountability of road freight. This has been the single largest efficiency improvement at Valley Pack for over 20 years.”

Demand for traceability is another long-term trend that has been accelerated by Covid-19 and Valley Pack has made changes to its logistics planning and cold storage software systems over the past 12 months in response to this.

“Our staff work hard to ensure labelling meets these requirements, and at peak times we employ additional staff just for this requirement,” concludes Hall.

Commitment to efficiency has long-served Valley Pack. It’s an approach now helping the cold chain and logistics service provider withstand the challenges of Covid-19. Taylor Hall (pictured above), general manager of Goulburn Valley-based Valley Pack, says the supply chain has come under pressure in the past 18 months and a coordinated response has been key to managing the changes. “Access to empty containers across our business for all export commodities, both reefer and dry, has become more difficult. Our own wharf transport business has seen significant growth over the past years to over 11,000 TEU per annum, however, equipment access is a problem,” Hall explains. “Working relationships across the entire supply chain are critical. In an environment where the supply chain is under significant strain due to skyrocketing demand, this has become even more important. Our customers know we will try our best to ensure their shipment can depart on the ideal vessel or flight.” Despite strain on the supply chain, fresh produce companies still want to get their product to consumers as quickly as possible, an objective Valley Pack strives to facilitate.
Hall says one of the company’s key tools is its heated methyl bromide (MBR) fumigation chambers. The chambers have been configured for MBR for two seasons with a combined capacity of 17 PMC pallets. Valley Pack also has the ability to use them for seafreight where required and to treat grapes with sulfur dioxide (SO2/CO2) for protocol countries such as New Zealand. “The fumigation/cold treatment process we offer is ‘farm gate–Valley Pack–Sydney’. We are able to collect peaches off the line in Swan Hill, Cobram or Shepparton in the afternoon, fumigate and vent overnight, pre-cool during the day and transport to Sydney over the next night,” explains Hall. “This means the journey from packhouse to airfreight facility in Sydney occurs in 40 hours, making Sydney a more attractive load port than Melbourne given the access to flights. “Although plums require three days cold treatment post fumigation, our load out timing is the same, meaning we can reach Sydney just as quickly as Melbourne.” One of Valley Pack’s key tools is its heated methyl bromide (MBR) fumigation chambers Valley Pack’s ability to navigate today’s challenges is also supported by pre-pandemic advances. The development of the company’s road freight capabilities has dramatically improved efficiencies. “High productivity freight vehicle access in Victoria in the last four years has completely revolutionised containerised export from country Victoria,” notes Hall. “PBS A-Double vehicles are allowing us to deliver two 40ft containers to the port on each truck, whilst the containers are on continuous power. “What this means for packers and growers is they are getting freight rates similar and at times cheaper than rail, with the service, speed, and accountability of road freight. This has been the single largest efficiency improvement at Valley Pack for over 20 years.” Demand for traceability is another long-term trend that has been accelerated by Covid-19 and Valley Pack has made changes to its logistics planning and cold storage software systems over the past 12 months in response to this. “Our staff work hard to ensure labelling meets these requirements, and at peak times we employ additional staff just for this requirement,” concludes Hall.

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