Orlando AreaLogistics and Warehousing Solutions in Orlando, FL
T2 – Packaging
CWI Logistics is the ideal site for your needs for storage and distribution centers in Orlando, Florida.
When shipping out of one of the largest distribution hubs in Florida, it’s important to partner with an experienced logistics provider that offers industry-leading solutions from a single point of contact. Whether you’re storing and distributing products to local markets in the greater Orlando area, or moving goods across the country, CWI Logistics has 3PL solutions for all industries.
Conveniently located within 30 miles of center city Orlando, our Groveland location is optimized for your success. As a distribution center, our warehouse space offers public and contract warehousing, ambient and cool temperature storage, food grade storage and bulk storage.
So whether you need warehouse space for one shipment or one year, we’ve got you covered with:
- State-of-the-art 750,000 square feet of ambient-temperature storage space and air-conditioned food-grade storage space
- Multiple commodity storage available, including bulk
- 78 loading doors for east transportation access
- Prime location for servicing Central Florida
- Local shuttle movement between plants and warehouses
- Dry van, reefer, ocean container, and ﬂatbed transportation
- Decrease inventory-carrying costs with cross-dock operations
- Transportation partners offering dedicated fleets and brokerage services
- Value-added packaging services
All of our Auburndale warehousing locations are connected with the transportation network via the trucking docks or by rail service provided by CSX.
Our Auburndale, FL warehouse recently received an excellent score on our latest ASI Food Safety Audit! After receiving an excellent rating for two years in a row, ASI determined CWI Logistics exhibits superior conditions in our food-grade warehouse along with our programs for food safety management.
This is an ideal chance to discuss what a food-grade warehouse is. Food warehouses offer convenient access to foods stored from local, regional, national and international sources. This ensures that foods are available even in the off-season. Food warehouses usually fall into the following categories: dry storage, cold/frozen storage and chilled/refrigerated. The differences are obvious and create the ideal environment for storing certain types of food. There are a lot of important details involved in keeping food safe for consumption, details regarding how food-grade warehouses keep your food sanitary. Below are some key factors that ASI Food Safety looks at in their audits. These are the same factors you should consider if looking for a new logistics partner specializing in food-grade storage and transportation.
Effective pest control is essential for food warehouses. Does the facility use a licensed pest control service? How often are these services utilized in a month? Control programs and guidelines must be strictly followed and action well documented:
- Is there an up-to-date pest control map?
- Is the pesticide usage log up to date?
- Are good manufacturing practices and housekeeping audits conducted and documented?
- Are pest control devices on either side of doors?
- Are all traps properly spaced, secured, numbered, mapped and verified?
Maintenance, Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
Warehouses should be well maintained, both inside and out. The grounds should be free of standing water and burrows that may indicate rodents. Pipe openings should be covered to deter rodents from entering the building. Roofs, floors, walls and windows should all be properly maintained to protect against leaks, cracks and chipping paint. The entire facility should be properly cleaned on a regular basis to prevent any potential cross-contamination.
Equipment used in the warehouse should also be well maintained, up to date, sanitized and free of debris. Equipment usually found inside a food warehouse might include storage bins, pallets, refrigerator units, freezer units and temperature/humidity gauges. Forklifts should be equipped with wheel shields to help eliminate dust from being kicked up on products.
Other factors that ASI commonly investigates to ensure a facility’s operational practices are up to superior standards include:
- Are doors/windows/louvers kept closed or screened when opened?
- Is the warehouse free of broken windows or skylights?
- Are all doors sealed properly?
- Is stock rotation of all materials following FIFO (first in, first out)? Is there proper documentation to validate the practice?
- Are all trailers inspected and cleaned prior to loading?
Standard Operating Procedures and Policy
Adhering to safety regulations not only prevents the spread of illness, but also prevents economic loss by the customer due to spoilage. Food safety training programs are necessary to ensure safe handling and care of food in warehouses. All food items should be stored in an area that is the appropriate temperature and free from hazards. Foods exposed to chemical or microbiological hazards can cause poisoning and disease. All hazardous chemicals should be stored securely and handled properly. All cleaning agents and pesticides should be clearly labeled and instructions for proper use, including what type of safety equipment employees should use when handling, should be properly displayed.
If the facility offers refrigerated or cold storage, temperature logs should be used to ensure that foods are always kept at the proper temperature. Frozen foods should be stored at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, refrigerated foods between 34 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit, and dry foods between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Food storage is an important industry. Food-grade warehouses adhere to very strict standards to ensure that food is kept safe. Less-than-excellent conditions could lead to dangerous situations, including spoilage and poisoning. If you are looking for a quality facility and dedicated logistics partner to help take your food supply chain to the next level, give us a call. At CWI Logistics we are dedicated to safe food storage and transportation; we have the certification to prove it!
Our 14 warehouses throughout Central and Northern Florida are well-positioned to serve the entire state of Florida quickly and efficiently. These distribution warehouses combine for more than 2.5 million square feet of ambient, refrigerated and cold storage.
Our Poly Pack® and ARPAC packaging technology gives you a state-of-the-art, high-velocity packaging system that can be calibrated for many specific scenarios. Our in-warehouse real-time analytics and state-of-the-art inventory control capability gives us complete control over what we store at our distribution warehouses.
Logistically, we can transport and distribute goods from our distribution warehouses via truck or rail. We can provide you with pick and pack distribution, cross-dock operations, transloading, and much more, all in a competent, efficient manner.
It is the combination of the warehousing, distribution, packaging, logistics and technology, that makes CWI Logistics, Inc. a leader in third-party distribution warehousing.
CWI Logistics is a versatile cold warehouse storage provider. Consider a few key engineering-based questions as you choose a cold storage solution for your business. As your qualified partner, it’s our hope that this list of questions, and our answers, helps you cover all of your bases as you narrow in on your business’ unique needs.
Do your buildings accommodate incoming fresh and frozen products?
Yes. The products handled in our refrigerated facilities define the function of our storage areas. We factor in the need for immediate processing and work to accommodate the type of processing you need. For example, CWI Logistics will help you integrate ice production, special cutting requirements and cooking machinery.
Can I store items after more processing occurs?
Yes you can. We understand your freezing requirements may change. CWI Logistics makes rapid adjustments to changes in quantity, freezing methods and repackaging as necessary. Our flexibility and experience makes it easy for us to discuss varying product handling demands and changing freezing times to make sure you reach your goals. Our agility keeps your operating cost under control. We have the know-how and resources to accommodate any of your unique food and beverage cold warehouse storage requirements.
Can you control the storage room size based on the storage temperature I choose?
Absolutely. Contact us to discover if a leased storage area or one of our six existing temperature cold storage warehouses will best serve your needs. We have six temperature-controlled environments ready and waiting to store your perishables. Store your ice cream at -20 degrees or other products at 35 degrees and let us manage the size of the space, or, go with one of our leased warehouses to meet unique requirements and gain full control over the amount of space required.
Can I rely on you to handle seasonal or promotional demands?
Yes. Our business model enables optimal levels of flexibility. We have the ability to operate both asset and non-asset based storage for our customers. This gives us an unprecedented advantage over the competition. Third-party logistics and varying demands are a perfect combination at CWI Logistics.
Free Trade Zone (FTZ)
The type of warehousing needed varies depending on what you, the importer, want to do with your goods once you receive them.
A free trade zone warehouse is in a zone within the US borders, but still considered “outside” US custom’s territory.
Bringing materials or goods into a foreign or free trade zone (FTZ) allows flexibility not offered in other areas. For one thing, you don’t go through customs until your product leaves the FTZ bound for US distribution. In other words, you don’t have to pay taxes on what you bring in until you take it out of the warehouse for distribution in the US. If you export directly from the FTZ, you don’t have to pay taxes or duties at all.
Importers may store merchandise in a FTZ warehouse for as long as needed and may do a variety of things with it while it remains there. You may destroy product or materials, mix items, re-package, assemble goods or even manufacture within the FTZ. Another benefit is consolidation of your entries.
Consolidation of your entries, pooling them into one load for distribution rather than bringing multiple smaller shipments through customs, also results in fewer merchandise processing fees (MPFs) from customs brokers. MPFs are determined and paid when your product leaves the FTZ, bound for US distribution.
Are you looking for warehousing in Florida? We’re here, with five locations to serve your needs, including FTZ warehousing options in Orlando. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you find the best fitting warehouse solutions for you.