As a shipper of an FOB contract or a delivered sales contract, you have a responsibility to load product that meets suitable shipping condition, and that, under normal transit, will arrive at contract destination in a merchantable condition that meets contract specifications.  As a shipper you have an obligation to take appropriate steps at shipping point by loading the product in a proper manner which requires among other requirements that both product and trailer are properly pre-cooled.  

According to a published news report in the LA Times, Market Basket’s store shelves and produce bins remain bare as a controversial months-long dispute continues between management and employees. Western Growers Trade Practices Department has interacted with concerned shippers about the timing of past due accounts payable receipts as well as how to handle loads purchased and delivered to Market Basket or loads that were diverted because there were no Market Basket employees to unload the produce.

Tom Oliveri

A family squabble has led employees of Massachusetts-based company, Market Basket, to take action against the company by refusing to work, leaving many of its store shelves bare.  According to a local TV station, co-CEO Dean Joyce was fired for supporting protests about the company’s leadership.  Following an announcement by the company that Joyce was removed from his supervisor’s position, employee’s decided to strike.  The strike had an immediate effect on delivery schedules and on the availability of produce in the stores, leaving few, if any options for the delivery of produce. 

Tom Oliveri

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