As demand for perishable products grows worldwide, efficient and effective cold chain management requires strong partnerships and quick reactions.
Cold chain logistics requires maintaining temperature integrity, controlling all the processes involved means high levels of integration and coordination. Each supply chain partner—from harvester or producer to the ultimate seller—shares responsibility.
For example, cold chain transportation units are commonly designed to keep ambient temperature constant, but not to bring a shipment to the optimal temperature. But if a shipment is not adequately prepared and conditioned, its quality may be compromised.
Further, if a shipment will be exposed to extreme cold or heat along the transport route, considerations should be made to protect the products in transit. Transportation that extends over multiple days provides a host of opportunities for breaking the cold chain.
If problems or anomalies that compromise a shipment occur in transit, all trading partners must act to identify the source and find corrective actions. Manufacturers, 3PLs, and carriers should all have checklists for documenting procedures for every step of the delivery process, because a solid system of checks and balances can help reduce the risks.
The final transfer of a shipment into the storage facility presents another potential integrity breach. Key considerations when arranging final product delivery include not only the destination, but also timing. If the warehouse stages too early or too late, product temperature can stray outside the appropriate range. Warehouse employees should also be familiar with the product and the best way to handle it.
Many ports now have U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection facilities onsite to address concerns about food shipment temperature, quality, or conditions, which can be especially important for companies shipping a large volume of meat or poultry. Trucks or containers arriving at facilities without inspection capabilities onsite may be held until an inspector is available, or the receiving company may choose to accept a load on condition.
The entire cold chain process should be about minimizing the time it takes to move a product through the system.
PIMM™ Shuttles also supports temperature management w/FSMA compliance for refrigerated transport of containers or trailers. Drivers will simple order a rechargeable/re-usable PIMM™ AirTag™ as part of their new service offering.
PIMM™ Shuttles will automatically synchronized the PIMM™ AirTag™ to report any temperature related issues during transit. Our system provides support for immediate corrective actions using the compartmental temperatures.
In addition, the application will also provide the driver with the “Projected Product Temperatures” (PIMM™ PPT) for each load. PIMM™ PPT provides the shuttle driver and/or shuttle operator with a unique advantage over other operators. This product temperatures can then be shared with the receiver/customer to assure FSMA compliance.
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