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The best temperature-controlled transport can be tailored to your needs. What exactly do you need? With Tempack, it’s possible.

What tailor-made solutions are there for temperature-controlled transportation?

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Can’t you find the isothermal packaging you’re looking for? Do you need a lab-tested solution in line with your particular requirements? Do you want to add your logo or special compartments to the packaging? Welcome to the world of tailor-made temperature-controlled transport solutions.

In this post, we want to tell you what tailor-made cold chain transport solutions are and what you need to look out for when choosing yours. You can take a look at our catalogue to get a better idea and see the pieces we work with but you won’t find any tailor-made solutions there. Naturally.

What is a tailor-made solution in the cold logistics sector?

This one is easy, but not as easy as it may seem at first. Temperature-controlled distribution needs to meet many exacting requirements, especially for proximity and last-mile logistics as there are many small clients, cumbersome inter-city routes, all kinds of incidents, specific products with special characteristics, etc.

Traditionally, average-sized ATP-certified transport is used (usually lorries and delivery vans) to deliver perishable or temperature-sensitive goods. In other words, this type of product requires a specific vehicle, which usually only offers one temperature range. Planning efficient retail routes in these conditions can become a nightmare.

It is therefore clear that we are talking about solutions that are fully customised for each customer. They usually have three main characteristics:

  • They are based on pre-existing solutions whose functionality, efficiency and compliance have already been proven and are demonstrable.
  • The customer and the technology partner (that’s us) work together throughout the design, testing and implementation process.
  • They are modular and can be mixed and matched, i.e. you can easily adapt them to any changes that may arise.

What should you bear in mind?

There are many ways of looking at this question. We first recommend you analyse your current situation (what you have) regarding temperature-controlled transport, using this checklist:

  • Do you carry one product type or several? What characteristics does it / do they have?
    • Temperature range
    • Volume and weight
    • Other special characteristics
  • Do you have fixed or variable circuits? What characteristics does the circuit have?
    • Duration
    • Zones (LEZ)
    • Exposure temperature
    • Climate region
  • Does your fleet have one or several vehicle types? What characteristics does it have?
    • What type of engine does it have? (petrol, diesel, electric, animal-drawn)
    • Capacity
    • Requirements and ATP certifications
  • Can you use reusable isothermal packaging or single-use packaging? Do you use rigid or folding packaging?
  • What functional and branding characteristics does your packaging have?
    • Closing systems
    • Protection and cushioning
    • Pockets and document holders
    • Logo, company colour

Now you’ve objectively assessed what you have, you should complete another checklist of the things you need. You will get a clear picture of what you can make good use of, what you should change and if you need to include solutions tailored to your needs.

What is a tailor-made solution like?

We’ve already mentioned what it is. Below is our concept of what a tailor-made temperature-controlled transport solution should be in three steps:

  • Route analysis: We conduct a detailed analysis of the route’s characteristics (sector, temperatures, vehicles, etc.).
  • Personalised design: We adapt standard solutions or start from scratch, developing a fully customised design.
  • Product development and acceptance testing: We get to work and test the products in our laboratory.

 

And that’s not all…

Last but not least, we are always on hand to assess any possible incidences that could arise and provide you with specialist technical support. Let’s talk about it!