Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine shipping at extremely low temperatures has been in the news lately. But, such cold temperature shipping is really not new. Shipping and storing with dry ice and liquid nitrogen are the norm for some industries and products.
Whether you’re looking for ways to monitor the temperature of vaccines stored in refrigerators or freezers or learning the best ways to manage your shipments via truck, boat, or airplane, DeltaTrak has a wealth of resources to assist you.
Food loss, especially produce, is typically the result of spoilage due to temperature excursion at an early point in the supply chain. Between 10% and 14% of produce loads are rejected because they do not meet temperature requirements. The supply chain has been plagued by poor visibility and limited data, contributing to rejected loads, which are very costly (millions of dollars annually), difficult to manage, and affect the shipper’s image.
When transporting a temperature-sensitive load from point A to point B, a shipper often uses a data logger to provide a record of the temperature during transport and to provide proof that no temperature abuse occurred to the shipment. This electronic record is critical for shippers and provides evidence in claims situations to verify if and where any breaks occurred in the cold chain.
A customer-oriented product development approach will not only result in a successful solution to a specific problem, it will also impact long-term business success. Developing a product around customer needs and preferences should not be based on historical behavior, however. Rather, product development should invite customer input for the purpose of understanding what will be truly impactful for the customer today. The 90’s notion of “Build it and they will come,” must be replaced by a new idea: “Build it with them, and they will stay.” The customer is then seen as a partner with whom to identify a solution. This is substantially different from creating a product based on assumptions and guesses, and hoping customers will use it.
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