Best Practices in Cold Chain Management
In the present era, the strategy of cold chain logistics is increasing so quickly and so rapidly and has become a complex process as well and the requirement of the cold chain is also increasing because of the involved sectors in this fruitful strategy. Such as the sectors which are involved in this are the food, medical and pharmaceutical industries.
The increasing nature of frozen or preservative food such as the increased demand for fresh fruits, fish, and meat. And on the other hand, the most crucial sector which is the pharmaceuticals or medical sector is structurally so complex that clinically it has raised the demand for cold chain logistics to store medicines, vaccines, and other essential things in the right manner.
Few Practices of Cold Chain Management
To overcome the challenges and to provide and ship the goods or services at the right time and in the right way while keeping in mind the temperature-sensitive requirement, in this article, there are a few best practices mentioned while including the cold chain management programs to handle the products with the help of teamwork, right types of equipment and technology and on the priority basis with more dedication and determination.
- Those few best practices include-
- Always choose/adopt the right transportation partners
- Adopt the right tracking technology
- Establish the standards while operating the procedures
- Provide training and safety to the employees
- Always maintain the temperature records
Always choose/adopt the right transportation partners:
If we talk about the long shipping methods then the use of oceans and railways is the best transportation method it is cost-effective, but it may not be the best shipping option when there is a situation of tight deadlines. In this circumstance, air cargo is the best option for such shorter time limits and sensitive goods as well, such as medical commodities and also the one which has a shorter shelf life which comes with a higher price, and controlling the temperature is also a challenge in this. On the other hand, if route flexibility is needed, then transmitting goods is best through road freight, but there is the issue of the capacity of goods that can be carried only within a limit.
Adopt the right tracking technology:
The shipping process not only ends up with the transmission of goods or products to a cold storage warehouse. The tracking of real-time location is also needed which is the most crucial part while doing the process of transportation of the goods. And for this various applications can be logged in on your mobile phone and all the processes could be tracked easily.
Establish the standards while operating the procedures:
Always try to be simple and clear as well while explaining the process or the instructions of the cold chain logistic management. As it will be easy for the stakeholders and employees as well to understand all the important things easily. Those procedures should include topics like- equipment holding techniques, packing of the product technique, loading and loading instructions of the goods, and most importantly how the temperature is controlled according to the goods.
Provide training and safety to the employees:
While giving all the instructions to the employees regarding the cold chain logistic strategy, a company should ensure that all the employees are having enough knowledge regarding the temperature which is required for each product while handling the product in an aspect of its loading and unloading of the product, packaging process of the product and most important thing that how to keep the work areas clean and sanitize as well while preventing it from cross-contamination. Employers should also be provided with the safety needs for completing their work or their tasks effectively and efficiently. Those safety needs should be insulated pants, gloves, coats, and other requirements which are important for the employer’s safety.
Always maintain the temperature records:
For recording the temperature values it is very necessary to have the temperature sensors in the warehouses as well as on each transport from which goods are being transmitted. The benefit of this will automatically collect all the data and also it will store all the data which will make the task easy for maintaining and controlling the temperature values according to the goods or products.
This will make the work easy as all the information and all the data will be controlled electronically and it will also save precious time and money. All the journey of the goods will be done easily and the chain will not be disturbed while doing supply of the goods or the products.
Maintaining the cold chain management process requires more dedicated teamwork and a level of determination for doing the tasks properly. It requires a partnership with a collaborative supply chain that follows every chain or every step properly to make every shipment effective and efficient. As the worldwide demand is increasing for those products which are perishable such as medical products, medicines, and frozen foods, for this cold chain management should be more strong regarding temperature-sensitive goods or products.