Oppy's third-party logistics arm celebrates three decades of delivering goods from around the world to its retail and food service 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.
In recent years, Oppy Transport not only contracts with carrier partners on fruit and vegetable transportation but moves both dry and temperature-controlled freight too.
"It has been an evolution over 30 years to develop Oppy Transport into a logistic option for any industry," said executive director of operations and logistics Stewart Lapage. "It's an honor to be a part of this segment of the business that has emerged from Oppy's nearly 165-year history and built upon the trust the brand has established. 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 that includes dry and cold storage facilities where it's able to warehouse, recondition, convert pallets, inspect and grade products, and more. Its vast network of facilities contributes to its advantage in distributing shipments effectively and efficiently to all customers regardless of location — that customer base being comprised of some large grower-shippers, manufacturers, and retailers in North America.
Left to right: Chase Wrightson, Stewart Lapage.
While Oppy Transport is currently moving over $100 million worth of freight and an excess of 60,000 shipments annually, it is 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, said 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 our customers 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."