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Chilling the Supply Chain

Published: 20 May 2015 01:05:39 PST

Global trade has made the relative distance between regions of the world seem much smaller; opening up the world, but the physical separation of these same regions is still a very important reality. The greater the distance, the greater the increase in travel time and the likelihood that freight (and its contents) can be damaged in one of the transport operations involved. Perishable goods can be damaged by excessive temperature variations, avoidable only with cold chain technology.

The cold chain refers to the transporting of temperature sensitive products along a supply chain through thermal and refrigerated packaging methods to protect the integrity of the shipment. Refrigerated freight, “reefer” freight, is a method of shipping temperature-sensitive goods. In the past few decades, the cold chain supply business has grown drastically! In September of 2011, Drewry Maritime Research announced that worldwide trade in perishable products continued to increase in 2010 in line with the seaborne trade growth, which in turn lead to a strong demand for reefer transport capacity. The report also concluded that the mode of transport is the factor that continues to change the industry; it forecasts that some 74% of perishable reefer cargo will be carried by container ships by 2014, which accounts for 95% of whole refer reefer capacity.

Knowing how to analyze data and understand the movement of goods is important in the supply chain industry especially when you’re transporting perishable goods! PIERS reefer data can identify refrigerated cargo type along with its temperature & humidity settings. We can also tell you the consignee, shipper, carrier name, commodity and more.

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