Growers who have sufficient bins to avoid renting are able to participate, too. The citrus and stone fruit seasons in the San Joaquin Valley overlap, but only for a month or two.
Grower-shippers who contribute their bins to the Palogix rental pool during their off seasons have a new revenue stream, Shields said, while simultaneously eliminating annual storage headaches.
Every Palogix rental bin is bar coded. Scanners mounted on forklifts record the bins via the company’s track, trace and logistics management software systems, Dawson said, and the data are available to the grower-shippers via the Internet.
“They are able to determine how many rental bins they have in use, and they can identify the grove or orchard from which each bin of fruit was harvested,” he said. “We’re on the same side as the grower.”