Cold chains are used year-round to transport temperature-sensitive products such as foods and medicines. While the demand is always present, the warm weather of the spring and summer sees an increased demand for the transport of cold chain products. In addition to the increased demand, the warm weather also brings increased logistical challenges for cold supply chains.
In preparation for the high demand for cold chain products like bagged ice and novelty ice cream treats, manufacturers begin ramping up production. This results in an increased need for compliant cold storage to ensure product safety until these items are ready to be sold. Any failure of these cooling systems can result in significant damage to and loss of products, which creates a substantial cost. Frozen items aren't the only thing for which demand increases in the warm season. Produce which comes into season in the spring and summer helps to increase the demand for shipping volume of these items. Many of these products require refrigeration to ensure they are fresh when they arrive in stores.
Summer presents increased challenges for cold chain distribution by trucks as well. The hot weather increases the risk of overheating of the reefer units resulting in a failure to maintain adequate temperatures. When this happens in warm weather, the temperature inside the vehicle will rise quickly, resulting in the loss of product integrity and safety. Without sufficient sensors monitoring internal temperature, drivers may only discover a problem after it is too late.
It's important to plan ahead for the challenges that summer may present to your cold chain in order to best manage the season. Routeique can help companies to overcome these and a variety of other supply chain and logistical challenges. Check out our solutions pages to see how we can help manufacturers, distributors, importers, retailers, consumers, and field service providers.