Transportation of goods can be a difficult and complex process, which only becomes more complex when the product being shipped is temperature sensitive. Supply chains which work with temperature-sensitive products are known as cold chains, and they are controlled by various regulatory bodies depending on the country of origin and the type of product being shipping. Cold chains are required to be compliant with the rules of their country or region, including a safe temperature range, and proper storage during and after transportation. So what does it take to become cold chain compliant?
Proactive Temperature Control
Cold chain compliance begins with knowing what temperature range your product needs to be in, and ensuring that all storage and transport facilities are set to that temperature. Additionally, the product should be lowered to that temperature before being placed in a truck, as this will make it easier to maintain the correct temperature during transport. Some cold chains benefit from insulated packaging designed to minimize temperature changes.
Deciding on the best transportation method for your cold chain depends on the needs of the product you're shipping. When products are highly temperature sensitive, require freezing temperatures, or are being shipped long distances, refrigerated (reefer) trucks may be the best option. However, if you are transporting products with a less sensitive temperature range, or they are being transported only a short distance, an insulated truck may be a better option.
Streamline the Process
Delays in transportation can mean major problems for cold chains. Often delays cause temperatures to change too dramatically for the product to be safe, resulting in a huge cost and waste of product. When planning to become a cold chain, it is essential to have a plan in place to minimize delays and mitigate problems, in order to ensure that your products arrive safely and on time.
Consider utilizing a software like Routeique that can help you to better manage your cold chain.