Following its acquisitions in cargo monitoring, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions, St. Louis, Mo., announced a new cold chain organization focused on supporting all types of temperature-sensitive and asset optimization solutions wherever commercial goods are moved, stored or sold. Emerson’s cold chain organization will offer a total-channel approach to protect foods and other critical cargo every step along the cold chain — from grower and processor to distributor and retailer.

“There are big challenges to solve with the amount of food wasted, revenues lost and energy consumed globally, and this is why we are expanding our role in safeguarding the cold chain,” says John Rhodes, newly named group president of cold chain. “Organizing our expertise and resources to focus on the cold chain and deliver unique solutions that help improve food quality, reduce energy use and optimize business effectiveness will allow us to bring more value to our customers while making a positive impact on the environment.”

The new cold chain organization is led by a team of long-time Emerson executives, including Rhodes, who previously managed Emerson’s refrigeration business. Within the cold chain organization, there are now four market-focused teams to solve challenges and develop industry-specific offerings for food retail, foodservice, transportation and aftermarket distribution customers. These teams are led by Ed McKiernan, newly appointed president of the cold chain business.

To accelerate development of new cold chain technologies and services, group president Mark Dunson will lead the company’s global electronics and solutions business. 

“The digital solutions and IoT approach Emerson brings to the industry are the next wave of tools that our customers can utilize to further enhance their brands, advance their management of food quality and waste and boost their optimization of critical infrastructure,” Dunson says. “Our focus on connected controls and monitoring services, 20-plus years of data-driven insights and recent investments in the cargo space make us an even stronger partner for customers looking to holistically manage and optimize their buildings, equipment and perishable inventory.”