Guide to Refrigerated Courier Services

There are many innovative developments that have taken place when it comes to refrigerated courier services. Without these facilities, it is impossible to deliver fresh fruit, vegetables, fish varieties, meat, pharmaceutical products, vaccines, blood products etc. We rarely think about how much of a wonder it is that we are able to enjoy fresh fruits from other countries. There is an extensive process and regulations in place to ensure the freshness of these products all throughout the supply chain from the manufacturer to the final delivery location.

Cold chain logistics cover the planning that go into safe transportation of temperature sensitive products over long distances and the transport of products in specific temperatures and conditions to ensure optimal quality. There are different equipment and transport procedures that are used to preserve the conditions of the products. The temperature of each product needs to be kept will vary and when you are transporting a variety of products, you need to keep in mind how to monitor the variations. Any change in temperature can spoil the product condition rendering it unsafe for use; however, there are some products that can withstand a range of temperatures and are much easier to transport. But large changes in temperature can be detrimental to any product. The main components when it comes to refrigerated logistics are storage facilities and transport facilities that are temperature controlled, personnel trained in the proper handling of products and temperature monitoring and specific procedures in place that ensures the quality of products.

After manufacturing, products need to be stored in temperature controlled conditions. You need to make sure that the storage facility will not be affected by any power outages. There should be monitoring systems and equipment such as infrared and digital thermometers to ensure that the right temperatures are kept. Then there is temperature controlled transportation which will ensure that the goods are kept at the right temperature from the storage point to the delivery point. As mentioned above, different products call for different temperatures. For example, in the case of chocolate transportation, the temperature of the packaging as well as the odour and humidity of the surrounding has to be monitored carefully. If the chocolate is transported in a damp environment, the sugar that is in the chocolate will absorb that moisture and can leave a layer of crystallised sugar on the surface of the product. When this happens, you can no longer sell the product as it is not up to the right standards.

Refrigerated vehicles that have separate temperature controlled compartments will be used for the transport of temperature sensitive products. They are equipped with electronic devices that monitor and record temperature throughout the journey. Some devices are equipped with alarms that go off when there is a change in temperature. The logistics company should have trained staff that have up to date expertise on the equipment and tools that are used for the temperature controls. The logistics company should have a clear understanding of the market requirements and the procedures in place for consistent quality control and monitoring.

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