Wal-Mart Canada recently awarded CN its prestigious Innovator of the Year honor in recognition of CN's continuing support of customers' needs focused on leveraging rail while combining non-rail transportation solutions. CN's truck-like and cost-saving service also delivers a soft environmental impact over that of truck transportation. "EcoTherm is designed not to require additional fuel to protect products from cold Canadian winters," says [Andrew Fuller].
▼ provides high refrigeration capacity while delivering up to 20 percent RAIL greater fuel efficiency than its predecessor, says Fragnito. The Value Menu “Customers can control the performance of the reefer in terms of how tightly or loosely temperatures need to be maintained. Our digital data recorder provides access to verify performance and, using data transfer tools such as a PCMCIA card, customers can extract informa- R tion for a better understanding of equipment performance,” he says. ail continues to be A new feature available on the control system—Intelliset—allows the value choice for customers to configure reefers for several different food products. shippers transporting Customers can set parameters such as the required set-points, the certain food products. amount of temperature drift, and the required air flow for each product. According to Andrew Fuller, “These are all pre-programmed into their equipment and the driver just director of marketing for picks products from the list and the rest is done by the control system,” Toronto-based CN (Canadian adds Fragnito. National Railroad), intermo- dal rail continues to grow in the food and beverage industry. Future Vistas He notes that the grocery segment represents about 18 percent of Food companies will continue to need advanced products that are CN’s overall business and annual growth in this segment grew year user-friendly, that enhance temperature optimization, and that provide over year by about 5.9 percent from 2006 through 2009. information to assure products are maintained at the right temperature “We are finding that as food customers examine and redesign their throughout the cold chain. distribution networks, they are evaluating using rail over truck to “You can think about this
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