Our business is largely dependent on effective and efficient transportation. Some of our products arrive via air transport or sea transport, but the majority arrives via trucks. At La Ferme we like to control the transportation process as much as is possible to ensure that all of our products remain at the correct temperature from the farmer or supplier right through to our customers’ doorsteps. We have a fleet of five temperature controlled vehicles to deal with our transportation needs.
We prefer to pick up inventory on a weekly basis from all of directly from our suppliers, wherever possible, on our own refrigerated vehicles. We have trucks in the Toronto and Montreal regions every Tuesday dedicated to this mission. Each Tuesday evening our Quebec inventory is driven back to our Pefferlaw warehouse, arriving at our loading docks by 6:00am Wednesday morning (we hope!), where it is immediately received and then shipped out to our customers on La Ferme refrigerated vehicles over the next few days.
Of course, there are some suppliers and customers that we cannot access directly so we need to partner with our transportation companies to get the job done. Our primary partner throughout Ontario and Quebec is ERB Transport. ERB specializes in temperature controlled transportation and has a fleet of several hundred vehicles on the road at all times. And this is something we know from personal experience. Our daily drives between Toronto and Pefferlaw consume many hours each day. In order to pass the time away, we have come to enjoy the old childhood game of ”I spy with my little eye…”. Instead of spotting new things each time however, we have taken to always looking for ERB trucks. Our drives are made infinitely more exciting with the spotting of an ERB truck. It would seem that we are successful in our quest about 80% of the time. Our record so far is 6 ERB trucks on one drive – now that was a great day!
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