The producer, the transformer, the logistics operator, the intermediary, the distributor, the carrier and of course the end customer: all of them benefit from the transport of perishable goods that ensures that the cold chain is maintained. Those not directly involved also benefit from this complex exchange.
And the fact is that transport at controlled temperature has advantages that go beyond the immediate interest of those who sell and those who buy frozen goods, perishable foods, thermolabile medications or ready-to-eat food. This is what cold logistics does for all of us:
It reduces food waste
Food waste (not only in distribution, but also in production, collection, processing and consumption) is one of the most tragically absurd phenomena of our time. Throwing away food when there are undernourished or even starving people in the world is simply intolerable.
Keeping food and other perishable goods within appropriate temperature ranges is critical to prevent them from spoiling, and wastes the effort (and investment) of many stakeholders In this sense, the satisfaction of the end customer is really the least important factor.
It encourages innovation in energy
Refrigerated transport does not mean less intensive energy consumption (although passive cooling techniques now enable this to a large extent).. So, the companies involved are very interested in exploring new technologies and keeping energy costs within acceptable margins.
That is why they just don’t use vehicles that are as “green” as possible (low-emission, electric, even human-powered). They also actively promote innovation in renewable energies, both in infrastructure and in research, as part of the definitive development of a circular economy.
It avoids losses in volume
Good resource management guarantees better use of materials and better results in all senses. In logistics, space is a key factor and managing it properly in company warehouses can make a significant difference…
Controlled temperatures prevent the dreaded volume losses caused by temperature fluctuations which, apart from financial losses, disrupt the calculations of any warehouse manager who has forecast a given volume and established logistics and orders based on this. Time and effort are wasted due to unnecessary redistributions.
It increases the re-use of packaging
One of the most wasteful aspects from the environmental point of view of the logistics sector is the under-use of packaging. Eradicating inefficient consumption based on the obsolete principle of “disposability” has become one of the workhorses in the sector; recycling is not enough.
This is especially true with passive cooling solutions: the motivation of all participants in the logistics chain to re-use packaging increases considerably when these efficient packaging provide considerable value by becoming the key to maintaining the temperature within the appropriate margins.
It enables a more humane last mile
Shipping large masses of products is relatively easy. What is really difficult is to fragment these masses so that each package goes to the store that has ordered it or to the end customer who has bought it, and within in a certain time, especially with temperature-sensitive products.
This particularly complex last mile refrigerated distribution is made much easier by passive cold isothermal solutions. They give the links in the cold logistics chain a certain flexibility that also has a positive effect on conventional capillary distribution. This increases the margin for defining routes, managing returns, diversifying vehicles and keeping to schedules.