Some of the most challenging items to transport through the supply chain are perishable goods such as food and pharmaceuticals. They can neither be too hot nor cold. Otherwise, there is a high possibility that the items will go wrong. Logistic providers must meet environmental guidelines, like climate and temperature, while taking these items through supply chain. Many companies have begun storing perishable items in temperature-controlled and climate-controlled warehouses.
However, no old load will do when drivers pick up these items in their freight. Different things have different temperatures for optimal storage. For example, chilled beverages like beer and soft drinks should be stored at 30°F-40°F, whereas fish and other seafood items are required a temperature of 0°F-10°F. Temperature-controlled warehouses will provide the proper temperatures to house both of these items. This blog will explore more about temp-controlled and ambient warehouses and their various products.
Most food and pharmaceutical products have a temperature range that they must always stay within. Depending on the product, every item has a different scope that the temperature should stay within. Temperature-controlled warehouses can store items in the required temperature ranges until carriers pick them up. Here are a few standard terms when referring to temperature ranges:
Temp-controlled and ambient warehouses are integral in the supply chain when transporting items that require specific temperatures to remain intact. We explored some standard terms when describing various temp and climate-controlled warehouses. Here are some more definitions that describe what a typically controlled warehousing unit might look like and some of the processes used to maintain the quality of items that are highly reliant on particular conditions:
Many ambient warehouses will have some form of temperature control to ensure that the internal air stays dry and without moisture despite temperature fluctuations. Installing some form of temperature control is more likely to go ahead if the stored items are of high value or perishable such as in an ambient food storage warehouse. As mentioned earlier, climate-controlled warehouses also can control the temperature and humidity, so if there are items that are sensitive to the climate, they will be stored here.
Items stored in ambient warehouses and climate-controlled warehouses include:
Regarding food safety, most people in that industry look inward. Those in manufacturing are concerned about food quality at their facility. Workers at a restaurant worry about the integrity of their kitchen. No matter what part of the industry one works in, having the right 3PL and warehouse team can be a game-changer. It is essential to ensure that perishables get transported in the proper containers. Many restaurants and grocery stores incorporate top-of-the-line warehousing to ensure that items are still fresh when they reach their destination. The warehousing team will ensure that all things stored and transported are in optimal situations at all times. They will partner with a 3PL to ensure that they have the most accurate logistics provided so that warehouse operators can make the necessary adjustments to keep the quality of the merchandise intact.
Once it's time to make the delivery, the 3PL can partner the warehouse with freight that has the necessary amenities so that trucks can transport items sensitive to temperature or climatic conditions with little to no issues. The 3PL will provide the carriers with information on what they need to transport from the warehouse and the features required to successfully ship them to the desired destination. Optimized warehousing solutions and real-time logistics provided to the shipping partners by the 3PL company make this all possible.
Items that require specific conditions for storage and transportation can be a challenge. But it doesn't have to be anymore. Whether they need temperature or climatic needs to preserve their quality, Port Jersey Logistics provides temperature and climate-controlled warehouses for perishable items and ambient warehousing for plastics, cloth, fabric, and electronics. It's easier now than ever to safely and securely store and transport your merchandise without worrying about an item compromising its quality before reaching its final destination. Port Jersey Logistics helps alleviate the stress of shipping and handling merchandise so that companies can return to doing what their expertise is. Learn more and get started today with Port Jersey Logistics for optimized warehouse solutions and logistics.