McLane integrates Volvo EVs into Southern California operations

McLane company, one of the nation’s largest private fleets, will incorporate three Volvo VNR electric trucks into its operations. The battery-electric Class 8s will deliver goods to grocery stores in the Los Angeles metro area. By FleetOwner Staff

Volvo Trucks North America customer McLane Company is taking delivery of three Volvo VNR Electric trucks to provide zero-tailpipe emission deliveries in Southern California. The Volvo VNR Electric trucks are the first Class 8 electric tractors that will be on the road for McLane and will operate on the highways and city streets of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, transporting products to customers, including convenience and grocery stores. McLane is No. 58 on FleetOwner’s 500 Top Private Fleets.

McLane is a dedicated environmental partner supporting its customers in their sustainability goals and aligning well with Volvo Trucks’ own commitment to quieter cities, cleaner air, and efficient, sustainable transport,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president, Volvo Trucks North America. “The adoption of battery-electric trucks continues to expand in Southern California and our dealer partner TEC Equipment has been invaluable in providing support to customers as they begin their electromobility journey.”

See also: FleetOwner 500: Top Private Fleets of 2022 at https://www.fleetowner.com/research/document/21239648/fleetowner-500-top-private-fleets-of-2022

Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the nation. As part of its Green Advantage initiative, McLane has made operational changes to reduce its environmental impact and increase efficiency.

The three VNR Electric trucks McLane is integrating into its fleet feature Volvo Trucks’ adaptive-loading system, which is designed to improve energy efficiency. The adaptive-loading system switches automatically between 6×2 and 4×2 drive-axle configurations using a forward axle that lifts tires off the ground when a trailer is empty, nearly empty, or carrying a light load.

McLane’s Volvo VNR Electric trucks have an operational range of up to 275 miles and were designed as sustainable transportation for fleet operators looking to decarbonize their distribution, supporting local and regional pickup and delivery, and food and beverage distribution. To support its new battery-electric trucks, McLane has installed a 62.5 kW charging infrastructure that includes two ChargePoint Express 250 Stations.

See also: Volvo Trucks to build charging corridor in California for electric vehicles at https://www.fleetowner.com/emissions-efficiency/article/21246660/volvo-trucks-california-electrified-charging-corridor-project-electric-vehicle-infrastructure

“We are excited to add these new battery-electric tractors to our fleet,” said Tony Frankenberger, CEO, McLane Company. “McLane is committed to improving the communities we serve and to exemplify the innovation and leadership needed to help our customers meet sustainability goals with the adoption of zero-tailpipe emission battery-electric vehicles.”

Volvo Trucks national accounts electromobility team consulted with McLane to determine ideal routes for the Volvo VNR Electric, based on vehicle range, ideal charging opportunities, and duty cycle. TEC Equipment’s Fontana location will be the servicing dealer.

The three trucks are part of the SWITCH-ON project, a grant to Volvo Trucks to deploy battery-electric trucks in Southern California for regional freight distribution and drayage. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Air Shed Grant Program is providing the funding, supplemented by the South Coast AQMD for charging infrastructure, to improve air quality in the region.

Source: FleetOwner

McLane Co.: ‘Headed in a Good Direction’

Eight months into his tenure as president of McLane Grocery at the largest grocery distributor to the convenience-store industry—and three years into the pandemic—Chris Smith is pleased with the focus of the company.

“Things are headed in a good direction,” he told CSP Daily News in an exclusive interview at the McLane Co. National Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., noting improvements in staffing, driver retention, customer experience and out-of-stocks. “It’s not back to pre-pandemic levels, but it’s much improved.”

It was precisely these issues that opened Smith to the idea of leaving his position in retailing—He previously was chief supply chain officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance—to bring his experience in grocery wholesale to the convenience channel.

“McLane was one of our partners at Walgreens, … and I saw the supply-chain disruptions caused by the pandemic firsthand,” he said. “I understood all of the factors that, frankly, were out of the distributor hands. I mean, it was a manpower issue, but manufacturers had those issues, as well. They also had problems getting ingredients, parts, packaging. … It went all the way up the supply chain, and it still does today.”

The concern was echoed on the trade-show floor, where several exhibitors said they’ve used the past couple of years to focus on core products rather than invest in research and development.

“Since the pandemic hit, we’ve really focused on distribution,” said Steve Dutton, national accounts manager for Johnsonville. “Luckily, we have had zero issues through the entire pandemic.”

McLane expected to showcase more than 170 exhibitors and host 1000 attendees during this year’s event, its first in-person trade show since 2019.

“This is positive for the industry. It’s exciting to see vendors back in here and promoting their products,” Smith said on day two of the trade show, “and the sales I’ve seen [here] have been encouraging.”

For its part, McLane unveiled new customer technology and a new foodservice offer, and, for the first time, brought together all of it’s foodservice programs in a single setting to demonstrate the full extent of its offer.

Tech Investment

In technology, McLane highlighted updates to the company’s Virtual Trade Show (VTS) mobile ordering application. Brad Lyons, McLane’s vice president of application development customer technology, said the app features a new look and feel with enhanced functionality.

“We launched the app this year,” he told CSP Daily News. “It’s built around the user experience to give the customer what they need now.”

McLane partnered with one of its strategic supplier partners to create the ability to set up staggered bundles on VTS, which allows users the flexibility to place orders for multiple stores with varied ship dates at one time.

McLane also highlighted its enhanced Delivery Tracker app, which now features multi-carrier SIM cards in devices to strengthen and broaden coverage and a new geolocation capability that, when merged with existing fleet management technology, provides more accurate tracking and delivery data to retailers, the company said.

While previous editions of the app reported when deliveries were made, the new version allows the customer to follow the entire fulfillment process: order received, order being picked, truck on the road, estimated time of arrival, truck on lot and so on.

“Now, customers are getting information directly from the driver,” Lyons said.

“We’re really doubling down on technology,” he added. “We’re growing our [technology] team. And manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the value of technology in accessing data.

Food Frenzy

Meanwhile, McLane Kitchen featured its Central Eats foodservice platform for the first time, as well as its other turnkey food programs.

Central Eats “provides high-quality, prepackaged breakfast, lunch and dinner items available for sale as a refrigerated or heated and ready-to-eat offering,” the company said. Also, Central Eats products can be branded with a retailer’s custom label or retain the Central Eats brand.

Also featured:

  • Choice Chicken, which includes a full fried-chicken program, along with a selection of sides.
  • Javaperks, McLane’s proprietary coffee and tea program, which features coffee, cappuccino, tea, iced coffee, cold brew and hot chocolate. New this year: a bakery program through supplier Prairie City Bakery, Vernon Hills, Ill.
  • Fly Guys Pizza, part of McLane’s private-label Customer Value Products (CVP) line, is available to sell frozen or cooked and served as part of a foodservice program.

The overriding goal, however, was to demonstrate how all the offers could fit together into a single foodservice program.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to sample Javaperks, Central Eats and Choice Chicken all in one setting,” said Cassandra Matos, senior director merchandising. “Customers can order the equipment, the signage and the food, all through McLane. We can help them create a branded foodservice look without the expense of bringing in all the things individual programs require.”

Temple, Texas-based McLane Co. is one of the largest supply-chain services companies in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants.

Source: Convenience Store Petroleum

Technology, Foodservice Front and Center at McLane Trade Show

Technology and foodservice took center stage as McLane Co. Inc. kicked off its annual National Trade Show in Orlando, Fla., the convenience, grocery and foodservice supply chain services company’s first in-person NTS since before the pandemic in 2019.

NTS runs from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

“The McLane team is thrilled to be back in person for the first time in three years,” said Chris Smith, president of McLane Grocery. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing together our customers and suppliers to hear firsthand about their businesses and challenges, and to present our latest innovative products and services.”

Each year at NTS, McLane introduces retailers to the latest in new technology and foodservice for more efficient inventory and ordering. Industry manufacturers use NTS as a national launching pad for new product lines and extensions. This year, the event is showcasing more than 170 exhibitors and host 1,000 attendees. The keynote speaker, Nik Modi, managing director of RBC Capital Markets, Toronto, will open the event’s general session; Brad Lyons, McLane’s vice president of application development customer technology, will also make a presentation.

Technology

NTS attendees who visit the McLane booth can learn about updates to the company’s Mobile VTS trade show ordering app, which will feature a new look and feel with enhanced functionality. Customers will see an improved user experience with enhanced ordering capabilities making multi-store ordering easier. Suppliers will find several new features including image variety functionality, engagement features such as the ability to add comments, notes and recipes and improved search throughout the site.

McLane also has partnered with one of its strategic supplier partners to create the ability to set up staggered bundles on VTS, which allows users the flexibility to place orders for multiple stores with varied ship dates at one time.

McLane will also highlight its enhanced Delivery Tracker app, which now features multi-carrier SIM cards in devices to strengthen and broaden coverage and a new geolocation capability that, when merged with existing fleet management technology, provides more accurate tracking and delivery data to retailers.

Foodservice

Attendees will be able to experience McLane’s interactive booth highlighting its foodservice-at-retail solution, McLane Kitchen, which offers turnkey solutions as well as custom options. This year, McLane is focusing on two hot foods programs: Central Eats and Choice Chicken.

Central Eats provides pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and dinner items available for sale as a refrigerated or heated and ready-to-eat offering. Products can be branded with the retailer’s custom label, or a retailer can use the Central Eats brand developed specifically for this program.

Choice Chicken features products from some of the top names in foodservice and retail, along with delicious sides, the company said.

At the McLane booth, attendees will also find Javaperks baristas serving up lattes and other coffee beverages. McLane’s proprietary coffee and tea program, Javaperks features coffee, cappuccino, tea, iced coffee, cold brew and hot chocolate, and it allows retailers to access custom graphics for their coffee bar, countertop units or walls to promote the brand within the store.

“NTS will be two days filled with a technology summit, sessions hosted by industry leaders and a trade show featuring the hottest new products, deals and trends,” said Vito Maurici, McLane’s senior vice president of sales. “It also gives our customers access to fellow customers, suppliers, brokers and McLane teammates for a best-in-class experience designed to help them buy better, sell smarter and profit more.”

Temple, Texas-based McLane is one of the largest supply chain services companies in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha.

Source: Convenience Store Petroleum

McLane Showcases Technology & Foodservice Upgrades at In-Person Show

McLane Co. Inc. kicked off its annual National Trade Show (NTS) at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

This is McLane first in-person trade show since before the pandemic in 2019.

Each year at NTS, McLane highlights the latest in new technology and foodservice for more efficient inventory and ordering. This year’s event is being held from Wednesday, Aug. 17 to Thursday, Aug. 18.

“The McLane team is thrilled to be back in person for the first time in three years,” said Chris Smith, president of McLane Grocery. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing together our customers and suppliers to hear firsthand about their businesses and challenges, and to present our latest innovative products and services.”

At this year’s event, McLane is showcasing updates to its Mobile VTS trade show ordering app, which will feature a new look and feel with enhanced functionality.

Launched at the NTS Trade Show in 2018, Mobile VTS lets retailers scroll through products and review detailed listings; provides easy-to-order summaries; and adds new items that are part of the best deals offered to the retail community on a weekly basis.

According to McLane, customers will see an improved user experience with enhanced ordering capabilities making multistore ordering easier than ever. Suppliers will find several new features including image variety functionality, engagement features such as the ability to add comments, notes and recipes, and improved search throughout the site.

In addition, McLane partnered with one of its strategic supplier partners to create the ability to set up staggered bundles on VTS, which allows users the flexibility to place orders for multiple stores with varied ship dates at one time.

McLane is also demonstrating its enhanced Delivery Tracker app. Upgrades include multicarrier SIM cards in devices to strengthen and broaden coverage and a new geolocation capability that, when merged with existing fleet management technology, provides more accurate tracking and delivery data to retailers.

Foodservice Solutions

In addition, McLane is highlighting its foodservice-at-retail solution, McLane Kitchen. Generating optimum sales and profits for retailers, McLane Kitchen offers turnkey solutions as well as custom options.

This year, the company is focusing on two hot foods programs: Central Eats and Choice Chicken. According to McLane,

  • Central Eats provides high-quality, pre-packaged breakfast, lunch, and dinner items available for sale as a refrigerated or heated and ready-to-eat offering. Additionally, Central Eats products can be branded with the retailer’s custom label, or they can utilize the Central Eats brand developed specifically for this program. 
  • Choice Chicken features quality products from some of the top names in foodservice and retail, along with sides.

The McLane Booth will also feature JAVAPERKS baristas, serving up lattes and coffee beverages. JAVAPERKS, McLane’s proprietary coffee and tea program, features coffee, cappuccino, tea, iced coffee, cold brew, and hot chocolate, and allows retailers to access custom graphics for their coffee bar, countertop units, or walls to promote the brand within the store.

“NTS will be two days filled with a technology summit, sessions hosted by industry leaders, and a trade show featuring the hottest new products, deals, and trends,” said Vito Maurici, senior vice president of sales. “It also gives our customers access to fellow customers, suppliers, brokers and McLane teammates for a best-in-class experience designed to help them buy better, sell smarter, and profit more.”

Maurici was the 2021 supplier inductee into the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame. 

Temple, Texas-based McLane. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S.

Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Source: Convenience Store News

McLane Highlights Latest Tech, Newest C-Store Eats in Orlando

More than 500 customers and suppliers attending, over 3,000 products on display as National Trade Show marks return to in-person event

 McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, kicks off its annual National Trade Show (NTS) today. This year’s trade show is the first McLane has held in-person since before the pandemic in 2019.

“The McLane team is thrilled to be back in person for the first time in three years,” said Chris Smith, president of McLane Grocery. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing together our customers and suppliers to hear firsthand about their businesses and challenges, and to present our latest innovative products and services.”

Each year at NTS, McLane introduces retailers to the latest in new technology and foodservice for more efficient inventory and ordering. The industry’s leading manufacturers choose NTS as their national launching pad for new product lines and extensions. This year, the event will showcase more than 170 exhibitors and host 1000 attendees. The keynote speaker, Nik Modi, managing director of RBC Capital Markets, will open Wednesday’s general session; Brad Lyons, McLane’s vice president of application development customer technology will also present.

NTS attendees who visit the McLane booth can learn about updates to the company’s Mobile VTS trade show ordering app, which will feature a new look and feel with enhanced functionality. Customers will see an improved user experience with enhanced ordering capabilities making multi-store ordering easier than ever. Suppliers will find several new features including image variety functionality, engagement features such as the ability to add comments, notes and recipes, and improved search throughout the site. Finally, McLane partnered with one of its strategic supplier partners to create the ability to set up staggered bundles on VTS, which allows users the flexibility to place orders for multiple stores with varied ship dates at one time.

McLane will also highlight its enhanced Delivery Tracker app which now features multi-carrier SIM cards in devices to strengthen and broaden coverage and a new geolocation capability that, when merged with existing fleet management technology, provides more accurate tracking and delivery data to retailers.

Attendees will be able to experience McLane’s interactive booth highlighting its foodservice-at-retail solution, McLane Kitchen. Generating optimum sales and profits for retailers, McLane Kitchen offers easy-to-implement turnkey solutions as well as custom options. This year, McLane is focusing on two hot foods programs: Central Eats and Choice Chicken. Central Eats provides high-quality, pre-packaged breakfast, lunch, and dinner items available for sale as a refrigerated or heated and ready-to-eat offering. Central Eats products can be branded with the retailer’s custom label, or they can utilize the vibrant Central Eats brand developed specifically for this program. Choice Chicken features quality products from some of the top names in foodservice and retail, along with delicious sides.

At the McLane booth, attendees will also find JAVAPERKS baristas serving up artful lattes and other tasty coffee beverages. JAVAPERKS, McLane’s proprietary coffee and tea program, features coffee, cappuccino, tea, iced coffee, cold brew, and hot chocolate, and allows retailers to access custom graphics for their coffee bar, countertop units, or walls to promote the brand within the store.

“NTS will be two days filled with a technology summit, sessions hosted by industry leaders, and a trade show featuring the hottest new products, deals, and trends,” said Vito Maurici, senior vice president of sales. “It also gives our customers access to fellow customers, suppliers, brokers and McLane teammates for a best-in-class experience designed to help them buy better, sell smarter, and profit more.”

NTS runs from Wednesday, Aug. 17 to Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida.

About McLane

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly- owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK) and employs 22,000 teammates.

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