My post of this week is about the innovation in food transport specially about how o innovation in global cold chain transport is helping to reduce food and medical waste.

The fact that demand is being increasingly large and  technological capabilities are improving ,help to boost trade in goods such as pharmaceuticals, foods, and other items that require temperature-controlled transportation.

Food and drugs are racking up the air miles. While there is currently a movement towards transporting with ocean vessels, air cargo is still the mode of choice for many shippers of temperature-sensitive goods. In fact, these goods have helped boost air cargo use, which has otherwise been in a slump.

Innovation in remote sensors are decreasing waste and increasing control So, where’s the innovation in all of this demand for temperature-controlled goods? It’s in the sensors – the ability to monitor temperature ranges and adjust as needed while goods are being transported.

While much of this innovation involves the air cargo market, it is also appearing more and more in ocean freight. Logistics providers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, Kuehne + Nagel and DB Schenker all provide solutions that utilize sensors, either based on GPS or RFID, for tracking and monitoring temperature and humidity levels throughout transportation.

Web-based, real-time monitoring, including report generation, is also included. Among these solutions is FedEx’s SenseAware, introduced in 2009. It is a multi-modal solution that provides location monitoring, as well as:

  • monitoring temperature
  • light exposure
  • relative humidity
  • shock
  • barometric pressure

With these services, it can provide near real-time visibility and insight into shipments. Since 2009, FedEx has adapted this solution, incorporating it into its other services and industry-focused solutions, including aerospace, manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare and fashion.

The benefits of cold chain innovation are about more than just profit .There are many significant benefits to this monitoring, including compliance with regulatory authorities, and allowing users to be proactive instead of reactive.

Furthermore, it allows for intervention when necessary, whether it’s re-icing cold chain shipments or inspection and repackaging of damaged goods. On a broader scale, users are provided the insight needed to make better business decisions, resulting in a strong customer experience and often a higher profit margin.

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