Best Practices for Managing Cold Chain Problems

Vikram S. Puri, Inventor, Entrepreneur and Rotarian with multiple technology patents and 34+years of Supply Chain Experience.

In current time, cold chain management has become a progressive complex process, this is because of the increasing demand in Food, Medical and Pharmaceuticals divisions and their stringent regulatory requirements.

The shift in consumer preferences has increased the demand for perishable food products. However, the changing regulatory norms, capital intensive equipment and strict-temperature requirements pose challenges for cold chain logistics companies. The increase in sensitivity and quality standards further creates the need for companies to improve food cold chain management.

Key Cold Chain Logistics Problems

Real time Management to reduce Loss:

Initial data from the shipments was gained only after the products arrived at their destination or any check points. Constantly calling the driver can distract him and can lead to a potential road traffic violation. With the use of IoT shipment can be tracked and monitored in real time on integrated maps. Any violations or deviations in journey can be highlighted. Alerts can be sent within seconds the moment any untoward incident happens.

Transportation and distribution of goods:

Delivering food items across regions and locally also poses a challenge as they have reefer trucks that are costly to maintain. If the shipment gets stranded during transportation, companies suffer heavy losses as the shelf life of products reduces significantly.

Temperature variances:

Uninterrupted temperature is the basic requirement for perishable food products. Exposure of perishable food products to ambient temperatures that are higher than the required temperature during distribution or transportation affects the quality of products. Active packaging includes monitoring mechanics such as thermostatic control and an energy source that flags any drastic temperature differences.

Shortage of experienced and specialized drivers:

Implementing driver management systems to brief and de-brief drivers can enable and engage drivers and give them special instructions and precautionary measures to be adopted. On-board diagnostics and dashboards can be used to incentivized drivers on the good driving behavior and encourage safe driving there by enabling them to keep abreast of best practices.

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