Oppy Transport receives SmartWay certification

We are thrilled to announce that Oppy Transport is a certified SmartWay partner, a testament to our commitment to sustainability. The SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain initiatives by measuring, benchmarking and improving freight transportation efficiency in an industry known for its environmental challenges. While this achievement marks a significant step, it is just the beginning of Oppy’s journey towards a more sustainable supply chain.

“SmartWay is more than just a recognition,” shared Executive Director of Operations and Logistics Stewart Lapage. “It is a pledge to prioritize environmentally conscious carriers and optimize transportation. As we continue to collect data and insights into our transportation operations, we are poised to set more substantial goals and contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.”

The team gives a special shoutout to Sales and Marketing Associate Julie Barber for meticulously evaluating thousands of carriers and documenting truck utilization to achieve this recognition.

Stay tuned for updates on Oppy’s ongoing initiatives to make a positive impact in the world of transportation.

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Oppy Transport looks at rearview mirror on 30-year long haul

Vigorous expansion plans continue to roll out across the U.S. and Canada

The third-party logistics arm of leading grower, marketer and distributor Oppy, celebrates three decades delivering goods from around the world to its retail and foodservice partners.

Originally established in 1992 as David Oppenheimer Transport (DOT) and rebranded to Oppy Transport in 2016, in recent years, the company not only contracts with carrier partners on fruit and vegetable transportation but moves both dry and temperature-controlled freight too.

“It’s been an evolution over 30 years to develop Oppy Transport into the premier logistics choice for any industry,” shared Executive Director of Operations and Logistics Stewart Lapage. “It’s an honor to be a part of this segment of the business that’s emerged from Oppy’s nearly 165-year history and built upon the trust the brand has established throughout the industry and beyond. Which is why our vision is to build our logistics network to service an array of external customers beyond Oppy growers.”.

Similar to Oppy, Oppy Transport is a full-service operation — which includes dry and cold storage facilities where it’s able to warehouse, recondition, convert pallets, inspect and grade product, and more. Its vast network of facilities contributes to its advantage distributing shipments effectively and efficiently to all customers regardless of location — that customer base being comprised of some of the largest grower-shippers, manufacturers and retailers in North America.

While Oppy Transport is currently moving over $100 million worth of freight and an excess of 60,000 shipments annually, they are always looking to improve. “Our proprietary technology system enables us to consistently upgrade and meet the unique needs of our customers. We are also closely aligned with Oppy’s internal sustainability committee, routinely seeking sustainable initiatives to broaden our targets — something that is very important to us,” said U.S. Transportation Manager Chase Wrightson.

Oppy Transport continues to widen its reach too shared Lapage, “We look towards aggressive expansion plans for the U.S. and Canada for our fresh and non-produce transportation customer base. Our intention is to work with you for the long haul, providing a wide array of solutions to help manage the ongoing impacts of the supply chain as we look toward the next 30 years and beyond.”

Go to oppytransport.com or email [email protected] for more information.

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Stewart Lapage honored with 2022 Young Professional Award at CPMA

After a three-year hiatus, produce pals from around North America were once again in one city to celebrate the industry in a monumental CPMA. With a theme of reconnection, a sold-out show floor held over 270 exhibiting companies and a record number of attendees for a week of networking, learning and building business in Montreal.

A star that has risen received the association’s 2022 Young Professional Award: our very own Executive Director of Operations and Logistics Stewart Lapage. This award is bestowed annually to a young person who displays passion and dedication to the produce industry. A well-deserved honor with Stewart being a driving force in supply chain management at Oppy, and in the industry, representing on a number of committees. Congrats Stewart!

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Oppy Transport in the news: Distribution Center saves time and money

The Oppenheimer Group, known to many as Oppy, is a leading North American fresh produce distribution and marketing company. The organization sources over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables from more than 25 countries and delivers them to retailers, club stores and foodservice operators across the United States and Canada as well as export markets.

The Oppenheimer Group transports thousands of valuable and volatile shipments annually. Before using the GO Real-Time product line, a single order could require the transport team to make five to ten calls to the carrier, which was very time-consuming.

“We have tried various temperature monitoring solutions, but many devices would go missing during transit or upon arrival at the destination leaving them without any information about temperature throughout the trip,” said Stewart Lapage, Director of Transportation at The Oppenheimer Group…

Read the full story on Fruitnet here.

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Oppy Transport adds business development expert

Oppy Transport, the transportation and logistics arm of The Oppenheimer Group, has named Chase Wrightson to the new position of senior business development manager. Based in the company’s Newark, Del. office, Wrightson oversees the new business strategy for Oppy’s third party logistics company.

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