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Speaker: AJ Lambert Director, Sales & Account Management at Container Centralen

Session Title: Load Consolidation Program that Helps Growers and Retailers

Tuesday, July 13  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Description:  As transportation costs continue to increase, load consolidation is becoming more crucial for both growers and garden retail. Consolidating loads from multiple growers can help reduce your transportation and logistical cost by spreading it across multiple growers and the customer also saves money by receiving full loads instead of multiple LTL (less than truckload) shipments. 

Level: Intermediate         Type: Growing

Session Speakers:

Gary Cortes, Partner at FlowVision, LLC
AJ Lambert, Director, Sales and Account Managemen at Container Centralen

AJ Lambert

Director, Sales and Account Management at Container Centralen 

Experienced Director Sales Account Management with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, Customer Service, Microsoft Word, and Sales. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Marketing from University of West Georgia.

Container Centralen ... Making Your Products Move.  

Container Centralen, Inc (CC, Inc) provides the North American horticultural industry with a unique alternative to disposable packaging or grower-owned equipment for the delivery of live plants to garden center retailers. CC provides customers with:

  • Access to a pool of approximately 400,000 shipping racks/carts.
  • A choice of rental services to accommodate different customer requirements.
  • The opportunity to deliver CC equipment to over 12,000 garden center locations including large `box store’ retailers’, `club/specialty’ retailers, and numerous independent garden centers.
  • Leading edge RFID-based reporting/tracking systems.
  • A unique and powerful system for recovery of racks/carts from retail stores. By using the combined the combined freight resources of CC and Customers, the CC recovery system reaches more stores more often and speeds the recovery of CC equipment from retail locations.
  • The option to use CC’s leading edge asset tracking systems for `customer-owned assets’. This allows Customers to have one system for their combined CC and grower-owned rack activities.
  • Newly launched Logistics Services (via a CC partner company) that allow CC to assist Customers with freight and other services to assist delivery of live plants to retail stores.

CC’s services allow growers to significantly expand their market reach or expand their delivery capacity via a sustainable packaging system which can also provide lower costs than disposable packaging or grower-owned equipment.

Address:     855 E Plant St Ste 1200 Winter Garden, FL 34787
Email:    jennifer.byrd@cc-racks.com     Contact:   Jennifer Byrd
Phone:    866-498-9363   FAX:  321-256-5320


CC Rack Attributes

Some important attributes of the CC rack include:

  • Retailer-friendly size allows CC carts to be easily moved within garden center aisles, and also allows ease of plant-watering due maximum 22” shelf width.
  • Use of wheels so that the rack can be easily moved at retail locations, and at every point in the supply chain without the need for a forklift or pallet jack.
  • Flexible shelf configurations with 32 shelf positions.
  • Truck-friendly dimensions with optimized loading patterns for 44’ and 53’ trailers and on box trucks
  • Ease of breakdown so that racks can be quickly and economically recovered from retail stores, and economically moved in quantities of approximately 300 racks per trailer.
  • Long asset life from use of galvanized steel frames and water sealed timber shelf boards.
  • Low capital cost which allows reasonable rental rates, and low cost buy-in options for Customers.
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