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Making cold chain operations better

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The delivery of items that require temperature control can be impacted by a variety of circumstances.

Here are some suggestions to make sure the cold chain runs well.

  1. Understand your needs:
    Food, vaccines, infectious agents, and other commodities that require temperature control all have specifications that affect how they should be handled, stored, and packed. Consider all of your needs, including those related to size and weight limitations, packing, shipping times, and tracking.

  2. Know precisely what you are shipping:
    Think about the variables that may impact the type of solution required to maintain the necessary temperature range for the whole cargo from the point of origin to the point of destination. What are the dimensions of the package? How much is contained in each package? Is there just one packaging size or are there several sizes? By having this knowledge up front, you can choose the best cold chain procedures and solutions and prevent issues later.

  3. Clearly state your objectives:
    Would you like to spend less on packaging? Lower the cost of shipping? Expedite completion? The choice of cooling systems, packaging, carriers and other factors will be influenced by your objectives and your metrics for success.

  4. Define your areas of pain:
    Do you find it difficult to keep seasonal products cold in the summer? Is it difficult to find packaging or to get rid of it? What may cause customs to delay a shipment? You may choose solutions that are in line with your service, financial, and performance goals by being aware of your present pain areas as well as any potential ones.

  5. Choose the appropriate cooling systems:
    Choose if a passive cooling system like dry ice or gel packs or an active cooling system like a refrigerated truck is suitable for your company. Passive systems could be less expensive, but they might also carry a larger risk if they need to be
    pre-and post-conditioned or if there is a danger of delays when transported through warm areas.

  6. Think about the whole cost of ownership:
    Determine the potential trade-offs when deciding between one solution and another, as well as how both hard expenses (such as packing and freight charges) and soft costs (such as SKU management and training) contribute to your overall cost. For instance, using cheaper packaging with worse insulating properties can necessitate the use of additional frozen gel packs, increasing the volume, weight, and shipping costs of the shipments.

  7. Select user-friendly monitoring solutions:
    Businesses employ equipment more and more to track shipments and keep an eye on the time and temperature. Chemical strip indicators are cheap, easy to use, and do not contain potentially dangerous components like lithium batteries, which could need additional packaging and labelling.

  8. Follow the guidelines:
    How you package, store, and distribute temperature-controlled items is impacted by a variety of requirements. Make sure all stakeholders are appropriately taught and follow these regulations by being aware of the restrictions that apply to the items you are shipping.

  9. Be ready for anything:
    Consider all potential supply chain disruptions and related expenses when exporting temperature-controlled items. A lot may go wrong. For instance, you might want to use more costly packaging that maintains temperature longer or choose a carrier that would re-ice a shipment if it is delayed if there is a larger danger of a package being detained in customs.

  10. Align with organizational green initiatives:
    Make sure your cold chain operations are in line with the sustainability objectives of your firm. Sustainability continues to play a significant role in organizational decision-making. Finding alternatives to Styrofoam coolers or organizing the best way to return reusable packaging may be necessary to achieve this.

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