15th Distribution Center Opens in Cedar Rapids
Phillips has the country covered! We will open our 15th distribution center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 2. The Cedar Rapids site solidifies Phillips’ goal to deliver one national distribution network and supports the company’s upcoming Fresh & Frozen category expansion.
If you are in the Upper Midwest, the Cedar Rapids site will bring products closer to you. The new location will serve North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, western Wisconsin, western Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa. Customers served by the Cedar Rapids site will be on consistent delivery routes.
The Cedar Rapids distribution center and the national expansion of Fresh & Frozen support our vision to be the preferred service provider in pet specialty. The new site will allow us to better serve this market and is a key component in Phillips’ commitment to build the industry leading distribution platform.
To meet the demand for the growing Fresh & Frozen category, Phillips will expand its storage capacity and distribution of Fresh & Frozen products, also on July 2, to all 50 states and Guam. Phillips will be the exclusive nationwide pet specialty distributor of Freshpet® and will expand the distribution territory for Nature’s Variety® product portfolio, including frozen raw pet food. Cedar Rapids and all Phillips distribution centers and trucks are outfitted with refrigeration storage that assures product integrity.
The Cedar Rapids site will utilize technology such as Code Dating and RF (radio frequency) scanning to help provide seamless service to its customers. The Code Dating system of coding, tracking and monitoring ensures the freshness of products shipped by Phillips. RF supports inventory control and allows for more accurate product picking by warehouse staff.
The Cedar Rapids distribution center will be led by Ben Archer, Operations Manager, Phillips Pet Food & Supplies