International logistics is responsible for the distribution of goods and services around the globe, requiring strict adherence to regulations and efficiency to keep up with competitors. It requires constant monitoring and quick response to market changes.
For cold chain logistics, these key success factors couldn’t be truer. It also brings additional challenges due to the strict temperature-controlled conditions, perishable goods and ensuring safety. Cold chain logistics is used to distribute products such as fresh food items, flowers, clinical specimens, vaccines and medication.
As a logistics manager, you need to ensure that your “cold chain” maintains efficiency and temperature control. Small variances can produce big headaches as small temperature changes or a faulty refrigerator unit can turn a large product investment into a hefty problem.
Scully RSV has assembled these tips to make the cold chain logistics process reliable and successful:
1. Select specialist couriers
Experience with cold chain logistics is a must. Due to the temperature-dependent nature of the product, a specialist in this area will have a deeper understanding of the challenges and risks associated, as well as solutions to overcome them. They will also have established relationships with trucking, shipping and major airlines and knowledge of each carrier’s SOPs. Finding specialised couriers to deliver your product is a big step towards successful cold chain logistics.
2. Promptly inform your courier of shipment details
Equip your courier with the information concerning the shipment sooner rather than later. The extra lead-time will allow them to select ideal routes and plan pick-up times for faster delivery. It also establishes a line of communication, so if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to find a solution quicker.
3. Consult a regulations expert
With logistics growing at such a fast pace, it can be challenging to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing regulations. Consulting a regulation expert or having a courier with in-depth knowledge of local customs will help you navigate your shipments through the process without a hiccup. Prepare paperwork in advance and ensure it is filled correctly. With the right groundwork, the impact of regulations upon the logistics process will be minimal. You will also avoid fines, which can swallow up the bottom line.
4. Use reliable vehicles
Cold chain logistics rely on temperature-controlled vehicles to ensure the safe delivery of the product. Outside temperature and time are the two biggest threats to a delivery. A reliable vehicle that has been equipped with smart temperature controls and properly serviced will mean fewer issues on the road. An engine failure or broken harness can have a detrimental effect on the delivery time and condition.
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