There was a time, not so long ago, when temperature-controlled shipments represented just a small part of global freight traffic, especially when it came to small-scale distribution. Today, the panorama has changed drastically: cold logistics has become radically popular.
And as the reality changes, so do the chilled delivery methods, doing away with traditional concepts, such as distribution policies, packing and packaging, etc. How have we got to this point and how does it affect small businesses?
E-commerce has changed everything
Many have observed just how much the commercial mechanisms and traditional logistics have changed. The rise in e-commerce had been warning us for years, but the global pandemic was the time when everything really changed.
From then on, buying online stopped being something that only a minority do. Furthermore, the type of products that we are buying online has also changed a great deal, or it would be fairer to say that the range of products we buy has broadened: we now buy a lot more day-to-day products online, namely food, fresh (and frozen) produce or prepared meals.
As can be expected, food items have, from a logistics point of view, certain characteristics: the famous cold chain which must be respected at all costs. What’s more, home delivery of temperature-sensitive products has also skyrocketed, meaning that both distributors and business owners are facing a very challenging situation.
Isothermal packaging – the perfect ally for last-mile deliveries
Fortunately, the logistics sector is mature enough to know how to face this type of challenge, which is both global yet local at the same time, and the technological state of the art also helps. But the new situation, in which capillary distribution and last-mile deliveries are our daily bread, requires even more transformations.
On one hand, distributors must be more flexible. Large distribution centres still exist, of course, but temperature-controlled deliveries are now on a more reduced scale, that being of small parcels that must get to the end customer’s hands in their home right in the city centre or a remote house in the country.
Isothermal packaging is the ideal accessory for traditional active cold systems in large vehicles, given their versatility and ability to adapt to constantly changing markets and business models.
Supporting cold chain logistics for small businesses
At Tempack, we are known for offering passive cold-based solutions for all industry sectors that need isothermal transport: large logistics operators, the biomedical sector, pharmaceutical wholesalers, etc.
We are perfectly aware that small businesses, whether online or in physical stores, also have to provide their customers with fresh food or perishable frozen products, prepared food, flowers and an endless list of articles that automatically become temperature-controlled shipments.
At Tempack, we propose efficient, affordable, and versatile solutions that adapt to the specific needs of small business and home delivery: temperature ranges, transport times, vehicle types, road characteristics, reusable isothermal packaging options, etc.
The isothermal packaging that your small business needs
Temperature-sensitive products have reached small-scale retail and your home delivery customers count on receiving their orders on time and in a good condition. With the right insulated packaging, it’ll be a breeze!