Over the years cold-chain logistics has become increasingly complicated. The industry has adapted to align with new, tighter compliance rules. Furthermore, greater consumer demands for fresh food and the need for medicines has shone a spotlight on cold-chain practices.
Currently, around 45% of the food eaten in the UK is imported. Of that, we import £11.5 billion of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus £13.4 billion of meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.
Also, around three-quarters of medicines reach the UK directly from, or via Europe. This shows how essential, and indeed how much we rely on cold-chain logistics for our everyday supplies.
Because of this, cold-chain transport companies must ensure their operations run at an optimal efficiency. Increasingly, telematics and temperature monitoring solutions have become the method of choice to ensure deliveries run smoothly, and successfully.
Challenges in cold-chain logistics
Should something go wrong during transit, the transport company can be liable for potentially colossal losses. So, for those in the business of cold-chain transportation, there are greater risks than non-refrigerated road haulage.
Losses are sometimes due to a deviation from the required temperature level in the trailer. Compromising the quality of the cargo, or outright spoiling it. In food transportation, this is an expensive mistake. But in pharmaceutical transportation, the stakes are even higher, with historical cargo losses valuing close to £1 million.
What are the solutions?
We believe the best way to elevate the safety of your cold-chain operations is investing in a quality temperature monitoring system.
Companies can keep a digital record of the trailer temperature at every step of transit. Giving both the hauliers, and customers greater confidence the temperature-sensitive deliveries are moving within the correct conditions.
Also, the potential of a load becoming spoilt is greatly reduced with live temperature monitoring. Should there be any temperature threshold breaches, your driver receives an instant notification via SMS or email. This way, there is time for intervention, potentially saving thousands of pounds in stock and claims from the end-user.
Also, the potential of a load becoming spoilt is greatly reduced with live temperature monitoring. Should there be any temperature threshold breaches, your driver receives an instant notification via SMS or email. This way, there is time for intervention, potentially saving thousands of pounds worth in stock and claims from the end-user.
Transcan and cold-chain logistics
It works as a standalone temperature monitoring device. However, when integrated with our other solutions, such as telematics, companies can benefit from even greater detail on their transport operations.
Transcan Advance is a standout temperature monitoring device on the market, allowing customers to remotely access temperature and tracking data. It has up to 8 channels of temperature measurement and 8 status or ON/OFF inputs.
8 channels are especially useful for multi-compartment transportation. For example, a pharmaceutical company may require complex transit conditions, with the need for tracking and monitoring across different compartments with varying temperatures.
Staying on top of compliance is another challenge. Particularly through the pandemic, we have seen a sharp increase in vehicle inspections, ensuring that quality and high standards are being maintained throughout the supply chain.
Furthermore, the entire road haulage industry is preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period. From January 1st, 2021, there will be a whole new set of rules in place that will impact everyday operations and systems.
Current government advice on transporting medicines indicates concerns of delays between the ports in Calais, Dover, and Folkestone. For companies transporting perishable goods, delays not only mean increased pressure on timescales but an increased risk to the cargo itself.
ROI depends on the size of your fleet, but you must consider what you save through preventative actions. Also, in potential compliance costs. Transcan Advance means hauliers can prove the cargo has been transported within the required temperature thresholds. Therefore, giving them the needed evidence to disprove fraudulent claims.
Furthermore, insurers, compliance people, and regulatory agencies welcome this type of monitoring. If a temperature monitoring system is in place, it supports them in tenders and winning new business. Also, it provides solid data to support or dispute any issues that may arise.