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Cold chain logistics (also referred to as chill chain logistics) is the transport of temperature-controlled goods, such as temperature-sensitive foods, beverages, and bio-pharmaceutical products. For companies who grow or manufacture these types of goods, delivering their products to the end customer is only half the battle. Ensuring the products are in good condition as expected upon delivery can often be challenging.
The cold chain process does not begin with transportation. It impacts every step of the supply chain, from supply procurement to transport, storage, transport to end customer. The temperature-sensitive products must be kept at a consistent, specific temperature or temperature range throughout their lifecycle. A rise or fall of temperature during any supply chain phase can spell disaster for the goods. A broken temperature chain can also negatively impact the end user, particularly with consumer products that are ingested.
Cold chain logistics serves to keep the temperature for these goods at a constant throughout the transportation phase of the cycle. It involves correct packaging, proper transportation equipment, carefully chosen transportation routes, perfect timing, and visibility to ensure that what was expected is what happened. This intricate choreography is only possible with data-driven insights at every point in the process, from supply procurement through end customer receipt of goods.
The best asset companies have to control the quality of shipments is integrated data. Connecting the many dots will reveal a clear picture that instantly informs decisions. Companies can be more nimble and proactive while providing better customer service. Cold chain logistics provides this data and the expertise to know how to leverage it to save costs, improve the reliability of shipments, and maintain strict quality standards.
Even when the contents of a shipment is identical from the last, every shipment is different because it encounters different circumstances. With data-driven insights, however, those circumstances have less of a chance to derail a shipment or compromise its integrity. Without the data, companies are driving blind. They are at the mercy of changing weather patterns, road conditions and much more.
As the need for cold chain logistics increases, companies must consider many factors in order to save costs without compromising quality and speed to market. Whether it’s choosing the right mode of transportation or shipping lane, selecting refrigeration or not, or manipulating shipment dates in consideration of known risks, organizations are more equipped than ever to make informed decisions.