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ARGO Tracker helps cherries arrive fresh

ARGO Tracker Corp's real-time asset tracking system is helping ensure the timely and quality delivery of roughly four million pounds of cherries this season for Jetstream Freight Forwarding Inc, a company specializing in shipping logistics for perishable cargo.

Cherries are ready to pick and ship the first week of June. "Because the cherry season is so short, if one load is damaged it takes a year for the grower to make up the cost," said Bryan Jennings, president of Washington-based Jetstream. Although Jetstream uses a network of refrigerated truck services and airline connections to guarantee the product arrives at its destination fresh, every moment from supplier to market has the potential for disaster.

The ARGO Tracker system helps lessen the chance of spoilage or other freight loss by deploying in-field data collection units tracked by web-based applications, continuously monitoring the location, status, and environmental condition of shipments via GPS and wireless technology. ARGO Tracker's system can alert Jetstream if, for example, a refrigeration unit fails or if a truck needs to be rerouted to meet a close flight time.

Jetstream has mounted ARGO Tracker devices in the trucks' refrigerated trailer, thus allowing multiple shippers to take it along with the shipment.

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