UNFI Collaborates With Solutions Provided By Samsara

UNFI is taking another step in its transformation strategy, enhancing efficiencies related to both operations and sustainability through a new partnership with a tech provider. The natural foods wholesaler is teaming up with Samsara Inc. to implement vehicle telematics, asset gateways, environmental monitors and video-based safety.

“The safety, efficiency, and sustainability improvements UNFI will make with Samsara will help us change our business for the better. A core part of UNFI’s customer and supplier-centric strategy is continuous improvement and better efficiency,” said Gregory Tieder, Senior Director of Corporate Logistics at UNFI.

Through this technology, in tandem with its electric vehicle (EV) blueprint, UNFI will work to cut direct emissions from its fleet, one of its major sustainability goals. The adoption of new vehicle telematics is expected to improve customer deliveries and reduce fuel-wasting practices like idling in existing combustion engine-powered trucks. 

In addition, UNFI will leverage Samsara’s Connected Operations Cloud to make progress in its effort to achieve zero waste in landfills by fiscal year 2030. Samsara’s environmental monitors will be used to gauge proper temperatures within trailers, thereby improving food safety and reducing waste from load loss.

Road and driver safety is another focal point of the systems, via asset gateways that allow UNFI to view driver locations in real time. The improved visibility can lead to higher utilization of assets, cost savings and timely service to customers. 

Lara Caimi, President of Worldwide Field Operations at Samsara, said that the partnership will streamline systems and broader ecosystems. “UNFI is taking incredible steps to improve North America’s food system, accelerate its sustainability efforts, and increase associate safety,” she noted. “Every day, we see how transformative it is for large, complex organizations to use a single platform to manage and optimize their operations with Samsara. We can’t wait to see what UNFI and Samsara accomplish together.”