With the increase in temperature during summer months also comes an increase in the problems for customers to negotiate cold chain shipping for their temperature sensitive freight. While traditional refrigerated trucking is more common, it is also incredibly costly and comes with a fair share of risks. The main problem with refrigerated trucking arises with the use of large volume, reefer trailers equipped with single (or dual) temperature set point. Large-scale LTL refrigerated trucking allow for dangerous temperature deviations throughout the journey, which can be caused by:
- Simple delays in transit,
- Unloading and reloading of cargo allowing for temperature deviations above the prescribed temperature set points,
- The use of cold storage warehouse facilities, and
- Even the way in which the product is placed in the trailer where the free flow of re-cooled air becomes blocked and pockets of warmer (or colder) air stratification spots are formed.
For this reason many high-value cargo customers choose truckload or dedicated refrigerated trucking services, even when shipping only one or two pallets of temperature sensitive freight or cargo. However, dedicated refrigerated trucking does not solve temperature deviation risks. Additionally, with limited availability and high cost, truckload refrigerated transport services are a less than optimal solution for single or two pallet load shipments. Another major concern for customers looking for cold chain shipping in the summer is the lack of shipment visibility and trip reporting. This leaves many customers in the dark about the current state of their temperature sensitive freight, especially if a specific temperature variance must be maintained. To solve the difficulty of cold chain shipping, Cold Box has developed a revolutionary temperature controlled, active pallet shipper capable of precise temperature control (±1⁰C) for all temperature sensitive freight and extended hold times. With this alternative end-to-end cold chain shipping solution, customers are now able to by-pass expensive refrigerated trucking for less costly, dry LTL freight transportation. Having recently passed third party IOQ and PQ validations the Cold Box has been approved for custom critical shipping the most vulnerable of temperature sensitive cargo for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. Moreover, to further validate that the Cold Box can maintain a range of temperature set points for different products, Cold Box Express has hired Modality Solutions to conduct extreme chamber studies for autonomous or battery powered operation, hold time or limit testing, and battery charge for both HOT and COLD (7E profile) simulated environments. Click here to see the results collected for the autonomous HOT test. With validation in hand, all our Cold Box active pallet shippers also features
24/7 (near) real-time positioning, tracking, payload compartment and ambient temperature monitoring, including automated event and excursion communications or ‘alerts’ via SMS text, email, or phone. As well, with Cold Box’s nationwide depots, pickup and drop off of your palletized rental is both quick and economical allowing for an end-to-end cold chain shipping solution that offers customers meaningful savings and risk mitigation in comparison to traditional temperature controlled shipping methods.