Jul 15, 2021
Successful Bulk Food Transport with Chris
Fish and Joe Lynch discuss
bulk food transport. Chris
is the Senior Vice President of Dedicated Contract Transportation
by Ruan Transportation which
provides Dedicated Contract Transportation, Managed Transportation,
and Value-added Warehousing.
About Chris Fish
Fish was appointed Senior Vice President of Dedicated Contract
Transportation in 2017. He joined Ruan Transportation Management Systems
in 1998 and has served in various progressive roles of leadership
over his tenure. Fish has been in the transportation industry for
the last 30 years, serving on various transportation committees
during that time. Chris
is a native of Chicago, IL, and attended Saint Ambrose University
in Davenport, IA. Chris
and his spouse Christine are active in the community; most
served as the chairperson of Ruan’s record breaking 2020 United Way
of Central Iowa campaign.
About Ruan Transportation
Founded in 1932, Ruan is a family-owned
transportation company providing Dedicated Contract Transportation,
Managed Transportation, Value-added Warehousing, and Brokerage
Support Services. With 90 years of transportation and logistics
experience, Ruan is one of the
top 10 privately owned transportation service companies in the
country. The company operates from 300 locations nationwide and
employs over 5,500 team members.
Takeaways: Successful Bulk Food
- In his role as Senior Vice President
of Dedicated Contract Transportation at Ruan, Chris
and his team help food producers transport bulk shipments.
- In the podcast interview, Chris
explains that there is a higher bar for bulk food transport.
Because the risk of contamination (intentional and unintentional)
is very high, there is a lot of regulatory compliance for both
producers and carriers. Bulk food carriers like Ruan must meet a higher standard in
areas like driver training, licensing, weighing & sampling, and
- While there are plenty of small carriers that succeed in the
space, big carriers who have the resources (people, tractors,
tankers, ability to invest) are usually a better fit in the bulk
food transportation business.
- The pandemic highlighted some of the real challenges faced by
both milk producers and their supply chain partners. Overnight,
milk producers were forced to drastically redirect their product to
alternative channels. Milk cows never stop producing the product so
the milk is either sold or it is wasted.
- Large carriers like Ruan
who have a large fleet, visibility, and the ability to reallocate
resources to key customers made all the difference for milk
producers in their time of crisis.
- When selecting a bulk food transportation partner carrier,
suggests that food producers look for the following 5 attributes in
- A large pool of drivers who have experience in bulk transport,
low turnover, proper training, and certifications.
- Owns assets including tractors, trailers, terminals -
especially valuable during times when capacity is a problem.
- The right culture – one that values ownership, employee
engagement, safety, customer relationships, accountability,
integrity, operational excellence, sustainability, etc.
- An exceptional logistics / back office that can plan, execute,
and manage every risk and every continency.
- Cutting edge technology in their trucks, terminals, and
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