Key Elements Of A Cold Chain
Updated: Jun 12, 2020
A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. This typically involves keeping items cold from point-of-manufacture to point-of-use.
Cold Chain has several elements:
Packaging Packaging designed to be energy efficient and secure such as insulated shipping containers for fresh seafood. These may be designed to safely endure short periods of increased temperature as a means of risk reduction.
Monitoring the temperature of items throughout the supply chain with tools such as temperature data loggers. Depending on the cargo, it may also be necessary to monitor other environmental parameters such as air quality.
Transport Cold transport such as refrigerator trucks, refrigerated boxcars, reefer ships, and reefer containers.
Customs A cold chain may pay particular attention to anything that can be done to reduce customs delays. This is essentially a process of controlling custom paperwork to ensure it meets all know requirements.
Storage Cold storage facilities such as a temperature-controlled warehouse. Quality Assurance The process of quality control and managing any quality failures.
End-Customer Delivery to end-customer and communication of storage requirements. This may involve integration with the customer’s process for accepting cold deliveries.
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