Cold Connection

Is Pennsylvania’s Proposed Warehouse Tax the Start of a Trend?

An article recently published in Material Handling and Logistics looked at the Pennsylvania proposed warehouse tax as a potential industry trend. According to the article, “To help close a $3 billion budget deficit, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has asked the state legislature to extend the state’s 6% sales and use tax to commercial storage services, drawing strong criticism from business groups, especially warehouse owners. Operators of third-party logistics warehouses and other business interests have mounted a campaign to derail the tax.”

GCCA President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch was quoted in the article, in reference to a letter he sent to the leaders in Pennsylvania legislature expressing concerns and opposition to the proposal by GCCA Core Partner, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and its membership.  Continue reading

GCCA-supported MENA Food Cold Chain Forum in Dubai Shed Light On Game Changers And Opportunities

Cold chain logistics providers gathered in May 2017 at the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) Food and Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Forums in Dubai, UAE to discuss challenges and trends in the temperature-controlled sector in MENA.

With outside temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius, keeping the cold bridge in the supply chain from breaking is an every-day challenge. Two Dubai-based members of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) – RSA Logistics and Global Shipping & Logistics L.L.C. – provided insight on trends influencing the food supply chain, key challenges, best practices, and the advantages/disadvantages of cost sensitivity during education sessions at the MENA Forum. Continue reading

Nigeria Takes Next Step in Cold Chain Development Through Technical Training and Mentorship

In May of 2017, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) completed its first B2B match with the Nigeria Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN), a project that GCCA has planned with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) since 2015. From the beginning, GAIN worked with donors to allocate funding for this project, which is designed to increase the availability of nutritious foods by working with local businesses. Then, PLAN established a landscaping study of Nigeria to establish a framework for the project. Finally, PLAN identified and selected companies with a core business that includes tomatoes, which were chosen as a focus commodity for the high level of postharvest losses and the high nutrient content. Continue reading

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