Cold Storage: It’s Complicated – Part 2
As we move toward a more globalized food chain, one Danfoss North America EnVisioneering Symposium contributor explained that it is “… now necessary for the U.S. food industry and food safety regulators to be concerned with the ‘other end of the chain.’ That means both investing in foreign source countries – in equipment, facilities, and training – and in monitoring performance.”
The impact of this message is felt by cold storage providers throughout the logistics industry, whether they manage a Miami cold storage facility or cold storage warehouses elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad.
A New Approach to Cold Storage
Driving change through technology is also paramount in the new world of cold storage. Pushed by the need to handle more diversified goods and acknowledge the rising cost of land, particularly near ports, the industry leans toward larger building footprints. And this is just one modification to address bigger competition. Other suggestions, including automated storage in high-rise refrigerated facilities and more elaborate rooftop systems, will also require a new approach to cold storage design.
Cultivating the Complicated 3PL Relationship
Hence, combine the burden of efficient and safer operations with labor needs and a finicky customer base, and 3PL stands in a tough place. If it applies innovation, automation, and updates to cold storage operations, there is no guarantee that a customer base will remain long enough to justify the investment. But if a 3PL does not invest in these improvements, business will most certainly be lost. So, the never-ending quest to turn a fastidious relationship with its customers into a long-term commitment can only be explained by the cold storage arena this way: “It’s complicated.”
Balancing the need for safer, more efficient operations with labor needs and customer demands is a concern for supply-chain and cold-chain managers throughout the logistics industry, but it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured strong business relationships with top-notch companies like Miami Frozen Storage. Palisades Logistics’ growing regional network of partners affords customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether local or regional in nature.