So what is the cold chain logistics?

store management system - cold chain
Store management system – cold chain

Cold chain logistics, also commonly referred to as cool chain logistics or chill chain logistics, is a temperature controlled supply chain. In short, it’s a transportation chain that maintains freight at an agreed upon temperature throughout the logistics process.

Understanding the cold chain process is half the battle for your refrigerated goods. Maintaining optimal temperatures of refrigeration, or, maintaining freezing temperatures for frozen foods that must remain in their solid states, is the most important part of the cold chain process

Why do we need to keep certain foods and products cold? It may seem simple but it’s also a basic part of the cold chain process we have to understand. In short, low temperatures prevent sensitive products from altering their state and reducing their shelf life. The two ways to preserve food and keep it cold are:

  • Freezing (for long-term preservation)
  • Refrigeration (used to keep a product’s shelf life from deteriorating in the short term, which is usually days for food and weeks for other products like pharmaceuticals)

What are the Links in the Cold Chain?

Links in the cold chain logistics process include:

  • Refrigerated warehouses located in refrigerated production areas
  • Refrigerated transportation
  • Regular refrigerated warehouses
  • Commercial refrigerated warehouses
  • Local refrigerated transportation
  • Refrigerated equipment at both retailer and wholesaler destination points

What are Quality Standards?

To begin with, quality standards in the cold chain industry are the overall guidelines for high-quality shipping. They basically set out the expectations your cold chain provider must follow. These requirements include:

  • Shipping speed
  • Guidelines for temperature
  • Compliance regulations

Industries Using the Cold Supply Chain

The following cold chain products are very popular:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • All fresh foods
  • Floral market
  • Dairy products
  • Pharma products
  • Meat market
  • Seafood market

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3 Responses to “Understanding the Cold Chain Process”

  1. Eli Richardson

    It’s great that you talked about how a cold chain’s priority should be to keep their goods at the right temperature. One of my cousins is thinking about investing in a restaurant with a friend of his. They are going through the shipping process of the perishable goods they would use, so I think this article could help them learn about the cold chain process. Thanks for the tips about the importance of preserving the right temperature of perishable goods when transporting them.

  2. Eli Richardson

    It’s great that you talked about the importance of transporting perishable goods with the right regulations. Recently, my sister said she’s interested in investing in a small bakery business. She’s dealing with all the planning right now, so I think this article could help her with the good’s transportation. Thanks for the information on cold chains and their logistics.

  3. Mohsin Kabir

    Cold chain logistics is not an easy task. Understanding the cold chain process is half the battle for your refrigerated goods.


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