That banana you ate for breakfast had quite an adventure on its way from a tree in Ecuador to your kitchen. A good part of it was in a high-tech temperature controlled shipping container, followed by a week's stay in a land-based "forced ripening" center. The air inside, plus small amounts of banana-ripening gases, is kept at a temperature of between 55 and 65 degrees F. Only then are they trucked to your local Kroger and put out for sale.
This is only one example of another big trend in logistics- shipping perishable items under carefully controlled temperatures. Refrigerated cargo is on the upswing, growing by 5-6% annually over the past five years. The demand for cold shipping is approaching twice that of regular cargo.
This rising demand has challenged logistics resources and infrastructure. If you're a purveyor of frozen foods, pharmaceuticals, cut flowers or any other commodities that need to be kept at a certain temperature on their trip from factory or farm to retail location, you may soon find it more difficult to hire enough transport or storage to fully cover your needs.
The changing landscape in the logistics industry isn't anything new- we've been keeping our eye on trends and anticipating shifts in demand for logistics services since 2000. Contact us for answers to any and all your shipping questions!