2022 has been a year full of challenges in the field of logistics in general, and more specifically in the area of temperature-controlled transport. At Tempack Cold Chain Store 2 Door, we have managed to adapt and continue to grow in this complicated context with the same focus on innovation, personalised service and quality of product and service.
The most important factors for being competitive without sacrificing efficiency in the maintenance of the cold chain have undoubtedly been the ability to adapt to customer needs, value for money and environmental sustainability. These concerns have often been addressed on our blog. Here is a brief summary of the issues we have looked at:
Inflation, the real problem
If something has made 2022 different from previous years, it has been widespread inflation. The difficulties in the global supply chain experienced by everyone combined with the expansive policies after the pandemic, from whose effects we are still suffering, especially if our shopping basket contains perishable goods.
To complete the perfect inflationary storm, the war in Ukraine came along and there was a runaway increase in the price of fuel and other raw materials (which had been on the horizon for some time).
Whilst industries and businesses have had to adjust their budgets and growth expectations to the new situation, the isothermic transport sector has had to respond to the rise in prices by committing to a greater efficiency in temperature-controlled shipping. It’s relatively easy when you understand about the concepts.
Another of our blog’s vocations is informing and explaining to our customers about some key technical details in order to understand cold logistics and shipping in isothermic containers. Amongst other issues, we have talked about:
- How passive cold temperature transport systems differ from active cold temperature transport systems.
- The different temperature ranges with which we work in cold- chain logistics.
- The concept of last mile and capillary distribution from the perspective of the perishable product.
- The complicated world of ATP certifications and possible alternative solutions.
- Phase-change materials and eutectic materials.
- A fulfilment centre and its differences with traditional warehouses and distribution centres.
Perspectives for 2023
Of course, we have kept an eye firmly on the future, on the perspectives of the sector and in the tendencies of cold-chain logistics. It is clear that the patterns of production and consumption are changing rapidly, and we have to adapt or die. What should we expect in 2023?
- The great challenge of our time is undoubtedly sustainability. At a time when home delivery has exploded, the decarbonization of the last mile has become an issue of utmost importance, and reducing food waste, which is all the more relevant when it concerns perishable items, is everyone’s responsibility.
- As ways of life and consumption change, new types of distribution We will gradually get used to smart delivery, drones and self-driving cars, as well as pick-up points, hubs and lockers.
- It seems that there is one clear tendency towards isothermic packaging: adaptability. But there are two sides to this: on the one hand, there are customer-tailored solutions. On the other, modular systems in multi-temperature vehicles. The combination of both is a winning recipe…
Will the economic trend change in the short term? Are we in a home-delivery or last-mile bubble? Will we manage to find a balance in the blue economy paradigm? What seems clear is that, in spite of regrets, there is a promising future ahead. Our task now is to find the way ahead.