Prime Logistics Launches Distribution of 60,000 Boxes 
of Girl Scout Cookies at Doral Warehouse Facility

Global logistics firm serves as central warehousing and distribution point for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie program in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties

MIAMI, FL- Jan. 11, 2021 – Prime Logistics global headquarters in Doral, Fla., served as the local arrival point for Girl Scout Cookies in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties as they partnered with Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida for the launch of the 2021 cookie season.

“Our 20-year-old company is most often identified with managing heavy duty import-export logistics and highly sensitive pharmaceuticals, but Prime Logistics has many other skills sets as well – some sweeter than others,” says Edgar Campana, general manager-Prime Logistics. He added that the mission included providing careful, safe handling, and warehousing of 60,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies including Thin Mints, Samoas, and the entire range of favorites.

Prime Logistics signed a 2020-2021 agreement with the Little Brownie Bakers on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida for warehousing services for the cookies. The nonprofit organization serves approximately 3,500 young girls and adult volunteers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Prime Logistics is one of four companies of Miami-based Prime Group, a global logistics conglomerate founded in 2001.

Over the past few months, Little Brownie Bakers has been transporting thousands of cookie boxes to the Prime Logistics warehouse facility in Doral. Here, staff has been busy carefully accepting and housing the eight different colorful box types.

“We’re so pleased to be a part of this annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, which began in 1917,” Campana emphasizes. “The prime purpose is to help young girls develop marketing and other business skills as well as raise funds for Girl Scout troop operations.”

According to Girl Scout Council organizers, between now and Feb. 15 the girls are selling the cookies in several ways. Many girls this year are operating “virtual cookie booths” using the Girl Scout’s Digital Cookie online platform for iOS or Android devices. Through that platform, the girls are offering cookie customers contactless delivery/drop-off or other options including donating cookies for local hometown heroes, such as first responders and medical workers battling COVID-19 on the front line. Customers can click on the Cookie Finder on the GSTF website.

With parental permission, the girls are also creating social-media posts for cookie selling. Organizers note that other options (varying this year based on government restrictions) may include cookie booths at local stores like Milam’s Markets and Winn Dixie, or, alternatively, a drive-through rally – which is a fun, safe way to distribute the cookie boxes.

The program is aimed at helping to prepare young girls for their future careers. “The common goal with the Girl Scout Cookie Program is to teach these young people in our community how to think like entrepreneurs as they engage in the typical functions of running their own small businesses,” Campana stresses.

“We’re happy to assist in a program that teaches such important business skills as goal setting, money management, business ethics, people skills, and decision making,” he explains. “Who knows? Maybe in the future one of these Girl Scouts will become a valuable member of our Prime Logistics management team.”

“There is nothing our G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ cannot accomplish. Faced with adversity is actually when we shine the brightest,” said Chelsea Wilkerson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. “Cookie sales are what fuel their goals, and we look forward to a robust season.”

Visit www.girlscoutsfl.org for more information about cookie sales, dates, and specific cookie availability.

About Prime Logistics

Prime Logistics is a division of Prime Group, a Miami-based air cargo and international logistics conglomerate founded in 2001. Prime Logistics has hundreds of contacts and representatives around the globe, who are skilled at providing expert logistics solutions. Many industries are supported in shipping commodities via air and ocean to virtually any destination. For information, call 305-592-2044 or visit www.primelogisticsgroup.com.

About Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. We believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world, and our programs offer each one a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida was founded in 1923 and currently serves over 3,500 girls in grades K-12 from nearly every residential zip code of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsfl.org.

PGL Building

A Humble and Happy New Year Greeting

It can be a tough balancing act to spread holiday cheer while at the same time acknowledging that the previous year was so difficult for many of us due to the impact of COVID-19.

But from a purely business standpoint, I would like to celebrate the fact that because Prime Group was so well established before going into the “storm,” we were not only able to survive, but thrive. And that’s a good thing for our many customers and employees around the world who depend on us every day.

It’s also important to note that it’s not just a happy new year, but an exciting new decade of service as well for the Prime Group. This year we reach a major milestone in the company’s history—our 20th anniversary.

Budding Business

It was July 2001 when the company launched out of one small office near Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport. The plan was to provide the utmost in customer service and know-how in transporting fresh flowers from Ecuador to Miami, and business took off.

At that time, we could hardly foresee that within 20 years Prime Group would grow to be a leader in logistics services with a network of facilities, professional staff, and certified agents all around the world. We have since grown and evolved in all sorts of ways and have a host of accomplishments of which we are incredibly proud.

The Prime Difference

At our core, Prime Group has always been about solving the customer’s most difficult problems. When challenges are presented, we flourish because they bring out the very best in us and give us the stage to show others just how good the quality of our services are.

We are extremely thankful to all of our customers—past and present—for whom we have proudly worked side-by-side as we continually endeavor to support their missions. It continues to be an honor and a privilege.

Upon this milestone, I’d also like to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to all of our employees. In my mind, the absolute best part of building and growing a company has been the opportunity to attract, recruit, and retain exceptionally skilled individuals that share the mindset of working together as a team to solve difficult problems. You can draw a direct line between their talents, dedication, and hard work, and our success.

Looking Ahead

World renowned for our attention to detail, we recently turned our attention inward by launching new business-management and marketing initiatives—and this strategy is paying great dividends.

We are expanding and energizing our organization from top to bottom by introducing new talent with specific skills. Their enthusing energy combined with our seasoned team of experts in their respective fields has not only further enhanced the customer experience, but has positioned us as stronger and more resilient in facing the biggest challenges of our times.

New possibilities will be realized as we further grow the commercial side of our operation. Aggressive expansion of our customer base across all divisions remains a top priority this year while staying true to our corporate values of Honesty, Responsibility, Commitment, and Integrity. These core standards not only serve to make us better internally, but define how our customers and our peers perceive us.

As you know, this is also a very challenging year as the world is still in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis. So while it’s not a time for celebration in the true sense of the word, it is still important for us to humbly recognize what the Prime Group of companies have become over the past two decades and to be excited about what is to come as we crest the horizon of the new normal in global logistics.

So again, from our Prime Group family to yours, we wish you a happy and very healthy new year.

Critical Mission: Assuring Vaccines Become Vaccinations

In 2020, the entire world’s priority mission was to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. Sadly, by late December, more than 77 million people had become infected and 1.7 million had died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

But thankfully, the new year has begun with much hope for brighter days ahead with the launch of both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the potential for a release of more than 250 additional vaccines across the globe.

Today, the virus-fighting mission has shifted to a new, different, and just as critical priority – “quick, efficient, and safe distribution” of tens of millions of doses of those life-saving vaccines and medical supplies to support the massive immunization of people on every continent on the planet.

At Ground Zero

Global logistics companies such as the Prime Group thus are now at “ground zero” in stopping the spread of the virus, by ensuring vaccines move door-to-door while maintaining their efficacy—from manufacturer to airport to the last mile.

And it’s an astounding task. According to Larry St. Onge, President of Life Sciences & Healthcare for DHL, the need for a stable cold-supply chain for both vaccines and medical suppliers is clearly the key. (Note: PrimeAir serves as the General Handling Agent for DHL Aviation in Ecuador.)

Pointing out that more than 10 billion doses will need to be delivered to all corners of the world within two years, he further estimates the need for 15 million deliveries in cooling boxes, 200,000 movements by pallet shippers, and 15,000 flights across the various supply chain setups.

Closer to home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) projects that 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses will be made available for distribution within the U.S. this month and another 50 million doses in February.

Prime Group’s vital role is to provide the best supply-chain transport and logistics possible to ensure vaccine doses intended for recipients across the globe get to the right places in a safe and timely manner. Ultimately, as a global community, the goal is to turn vaccines into vaccinations—and failure is not an option.

Cold Supply Chain

The cold chain is at the forefront of vaccine logistics. The coronavirus vaccines have strict temperature requirements that must be maintained throughout the supply chain. An important part of adhering to the requirements is ample freezer capacity and monitoring systems that ensure product temperatures don’t get too high or too low. These are service lines where Prime Group companies excel.

All across the globe, we are now handling multi-faceted, highly complex logistics and carefully mapping out the transportation of vaccine vial shipments from manufacturing sites to land-based transportation, onto airline and cargo flights, and into temperature-controlled holding facilities. From there, the vaccines await pick-up by delivery services on the local level for distribution to hospitals and clinics.

We know that no mission is more important. For every day that goes by without the maximum number of people being vaccinated, more lives are at risk. We are very grateful that we’re able to utilize our expertise in shipment and handling of cold-pack, perishable goods to help save lives and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A Global Team Effort

We are also so appreciative of our industry partners, especially the major air cargo carriers whom we directly support such as Atlas Air, Emirates SkyCargo, DHL Aviation, and even Eastern Airlines.

The critical mission is clear. Vaccines cannot work if they don’t get into the hands of the right people—and quickly. We’re very proud to be doing our part.

Woman getting vaccine

Recognizing Prime Group’s Roots in Roses

Like most things in the age of COVID, it’s difficult to predict what will flop and what will fly. But one thing is for sure—fresh-cut roses are soon to start flying off the shelf with Valentine’s Day just weeks away.

Even in a normal year, no one can predict the exact volume needed to meet the demand on this “day of lovers.” But of course, these are not normal times, especially considering that Valentine’s Day 2021 lands on a Sunday of a long weekend (President’s Day) in the middle of a global pandemic.

Add to that, a plan by American florists and distributors to play it even safer this year by expanding the holiday throughout the week to help boost sales in such a volatile environment. Just a few variables at play here, right?

Flexibility has always been the name of the game in the perishables industry, but even more so in the handling of fresh-cut flowers. In fact, they say if you succeed in shipping fresh flowers, you can ship anything, anywhere.

Simply stated, Prime Group has succeeded.

“Flowers were always very important to our company,” says CEO Roger Paredes. In fact, Prime Group was formed in 2001 solely to provide local growers and forwarders in Ecuador with the best in customer service, know-how, and logistical management in getting their flowers to Miami and beyond.

Budding Business

“The expertise we gained in those early days, and have since built upon, allowed us to retain long-term customers, while at the same time generate new business over the year along multiple service lines like pharmaceuticals and fresh fish, fruit and vegetables,” Paredes adds.

Initially, the company supported operations between Quito and Miami only, but the flower exports just kept growing, so the next logical step was to enter the Amsterdam market, the primary gateway to the entire European market and beyond.

“As business continued to grow, we did too, by moving into Los Angeles, New York, and Colombia, pretty much following the flowers all over the world,” says Paredes.

Now, after 20 years of success, the company has in fact expanded its scope to shipping just about “anything, anywhere” in the world, but this time of year it’s back to basics—filling dozens of freighters full of long-stem roses, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Recent-year sales of roses on Valentine’s Day have risen to nearly $20 billion, with 250 million roses produced for this holiday alone. Though it is not yet clear the degree to which COVID-19 will impact the market this year, it’s all systems go, from the farm to shelf and every specialized step along the way.

So here we are, entering peak season, with two of Prime Group’s key divisions working tirelessly to meet the enormous demand of Valentine’s Day. Prime Fresh Handling is working hand-in-hand to fine-tune the proper shipping and handling process, while PrimeAir is focused on managing the on-the-ground needs of the company’s air cargo partners, as they double, triple, and in some cases quadruple their regular capacity to meet this annual spike in demand.

“The ingrained mentality is you work until you get it done, and that there is zero margin for error. It’s always been this way and always will be,” Paredes notes.

From Field to Vase

The key ingredients for success center around time and temperature. The stopwatch starts ticking with the snip of a stem at the farm, and product must remain perfectly chilled the entire way until it reaches the retail consumer.

Without proper packaging and express shipping, flower life is cut significantly shorter. Appropriate cooling systems and temperature regime are needed to ensure that the flowers remain in good condition. Of course, retailers want to receive fresh-cut flowers as soon as possible after harvest to lengthen vase life, achieve customer satisfaction, and spur repeat sales.

Flowers from farms in Colombia and Ecuador reach North American retailers in as little as four days. So for a rose with an average cut-life of 21 days—with proper care and handling at every stage of its journey—there should be up to 10 to 14 days of vase-life in the consumers’ homes and workplaces.

Once harvested, the supply flow then starts as flowers are placed immediately in refrigerated trucks for transport to Prime Fresh Handling’s facilities where they are prepared for air transport to the center of the U.S. flower distribution system: Miami International Airport. Others head off to Amsterdam for distribution to France, Australia, and the U.K., which also celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way.

Upon arrival at MIA and AMS, the flower shipments are inspected to ensure the flora is free from harmful pests and diseases. This process can take up to four hours. But after they get a green light, they are released to a local warehouse, where shipments are broken down and shipped off to down-chain international locations or placed on refrigerated trucks for domestic distribution. Retailers are the final link in the journey where the flowers reach the retail shelf and ultimately into the hands of sweethearts.

As the most popular flower in the world, roses are long coveted for their beauty and sweet fragrance, and Valentine’s Day is their biggest day. But for flower producers and shippers/handlers, this holiday is less a day of love, and more a three-week sprint to the finish line.

It’s hard work, and we love it!