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FourKites launches temperature tracking for shippers

FourKites, a multimodal supply chain visibility provider for Fortune 500 companies, launched a real-time temperature and location tracking application for shippers to monitor temperatures to ensure compliance across their supply chains.

FourKites says its real-time temperature tracking helps shippers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to ensure that temperature-sensitive foods remain within specified safe temperature ranges during transit. Using FourKites, shippers can reduce spoilage, operational costs and one-time spot buys. They can also increase customer satisfaction by identifying potentially non-compliant loads earlier in the shipping process, before those loads make it all the way to their destinations or have to be diverted to quality centers.

“As a partner to the largest food and beverage companies in the U.S., helping our customers achieve FSMA compliance is a natural evolution of our product,” said Mathew Elenjickal, founder and CEO of FourKites. “Our real-time temperature tracking solution will enable customers across a wide range of industries to ensure the safety and freshness of their products.”

A customer using FourKites Temperature Tracking is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest producer of pork products with leading consumer packaged meat brands across categories.

“As the world’s largest pork producer, we are committed to delivering the market’s freshest and highest quality product,” said Dennis Organ, senior vice president of supply chain at Smithfield Foods. “The temperature tracking solution from FourKites will help us consistently ensure that our product meets stringent temperature requirements across our operations, using the same innovative FourKites technology that we use to track our shipments around the country.”

Transporting temperature-sensitive goods like produce and pharmaceuticals cross-country has historically created challenges, even for vehicles equipped with the latest refrigeration and telematics systems, because of the lack of real-time connectivity between carriers and shippers.

The FourKites application relays load temperatures and location data every 15 minutes from telematics and trailer temperature tracking manufacturers. Customizable notifications alert users as soon as temperatures fall outside a specified range. Visualization and analysis tools show individual and aggregated load temperatures over time to spot trends and to compare against industry benchmarks.

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Aaron Huff is the Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. Huff’s career in the transportation industry began at a family-owned trucking company and expanded to CCJ, where for the past 14 years he has specialized in covering business and technology for online and print readers and speaking at industry events. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Huff holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama.