The Right Storage Temperature

Each cold chain varies by region, location and temperature requirements; however, ensuring a cold chain for agricultural products begins at the farm. Produce often goes through precooling at the harvest location and is then loaded onto a truck or other transportation unit designed to keep the produce protected from the sun and held within a … Continued

End-to-End Cold Chain Management

The series of warehousing and distribution activities that comprise a cold chain system are designed to ensure ideal storage and transportation conditions for temperature-sensitive products. Dozens of U.S. export industries depend on the vital links that cold chain systems provide. U.S. businesses invest hundreds of millions of dollars in their cold chain operations to create … Continued

Transparency and Traceability in the Supply Chain

During discussions on supply chain management it is common to see the words ‘transparency’ and ‘traceability’ used as interchangeable terms. In fact, they define very different concepts. Transparency Transparency refers to the capture and transference of ‘high-level’ information along the supply chain. The captured data is specific and accurate, relating to a product’s components, the … Continued

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

End-to-end visibility is a “must have” not a “nice to have” in order for organizations to effectively communicate, proactively solve problems and provide the level of service expected from both partner organizations and customers. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle with full visibility. A recent Transport Intelligence survey indicated that not having supply chain visibility was the … Continued

What Is Cold Chain Transport?

Most of us are familiar with the term “supply chain.” Cold chain transportation is a variation of the standard supply chain concept of moving products along from production to the eventual user. It pertains to the movement of chilled products at a temperature typically between 2° and 8° C (36° to 46° F) or at … Continued

time and temperature controlled food

What makes the food supply chain such a critical factor in today’s food safety and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) programs? In general, the drivers for the food industry with regard to time/temperature measurement and monitoring include regulatory compliance, Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) or prerequisite program implementation, and quality assurance to maintain the … Continued

cold storage wireless monitoring system

Companies are obliged to monitor cold storage areas to preserve quality and maintain consumer product safety standards. When temperature sensitive or perishable goods are stored prior to final distribution, the storage condition data needs to be recorded and accessible anytime. Food waste and recalls are some of the most important problems of food sector nowadays … Continued

10 trends in cold chain logistics

With its capital-intensive equipment, strict temperature requirements, and energy dependence, the cold chain has always been a demanding logistics segment. Now the sector is grappling with additional challenges—from increases in the sensitivity, quality standards, and volume of many of its goods, to continually mounting regulations. The cold chain also faces many of the same issues … Continued

Managing the cold storage supply chain

Moving temperature-sensitive products through the supply chain presents a variety of challenges for food companies—from storage and transportation to selecting carriers and monitoring loads. Small variances can produce big headaches. A temperature difference of a few degrees during transportation, a slightly longer stay on a loading dock, or a faulty refrigeration unit can turn a … Continued

food safety during transportaton

Meat, poultry, and egg products are susceptible to contamination from a wide variety of physical, microbial, chemical, and radiological agents. These products are particularly vulnerable to microbiological hazards because their moisture, pH levels, and high protein content provide ideal environments for the growth of bacteria. Because of these characteristics, the products must be carefully monitored … Continued