As the title might allude, this is a three-part series on modes of transportation and how they interact with cold storage providers in Miami and the southern tip of Florida. Why is this important?
First, there are more than 20 million people living in the state of Florida. Those twenty million people most likely consume their share of products that require cold storage and frozen warehousing solutions. Think ice cream, seafood and other temperature-controlled packaged foods.
Second, regional seaports in the greater Miami area including Port Everglades handled over one million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2014 and are major trading partners with many Central and South American countries (Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica to name a few).
The modes by which temperature-controlled products get in and out of cold storage in Miami is a topic we should be talking about!
This first part of our three-part series focuses on the most flexible mode of them all – trucking – or what we here at Palisades Logistics like to call “over-the-road (OTR) domestic transportation.”
Miami’s Cold Storage and Its Over-the-Road Domestic Transportation
The Interstate Highway System
The Interstate highway system is essential to the effective and efficient movement of goods throughout the United States; the same is true for the state of Florida. Interstates 75, 95 and 10 play a major role in the inter-state and intra-state transportation of goods. Imagine Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream traveling south down 95, starting in New England, travelling over 1,200 miles to reach its cold storage provider in Miami. The same can be said for frozen, organic venison traveling over 1,400 miles from the Michigan Peninsula via Interstate 75. And, finally, imagine the thousands of pounds of fresh produce traveling from Central California – over 2,800 miles – to reach its second-to-last stop in southern Florida. That second-to-last stop is a temperature-controlled warehouse in Miami!
The Florida Turnpike
The other aspect or part of the over-the-road domestic transportation system within the state of Florida that plays a complimentary role to the federal Interstate system is the Florida Turnpike. Originally known as the Sunshine State Parkway and now officially referred to as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, this system of roads was built in 1957, with the most recent section of the system completed in 1974. It runs 308 miles north and south through the state of Florida. Commuters, tourists and truck drivers traveled over 9.1 billion miles on Florida’s Turnpike system in 2015. A large portion of these miles were traveled with the purpose of delivering temperature-controlled products to their cold storage providers in Miami, Florida.
Upcoming Blog Topic
Stay tuned for our next blog analyzing the second mode of transportation (airplanes) available to shippers for the transportation of their frozen goods to Miami’s cold storage providers.
Certainly the ability to effectively and efficiently transport temperature-controlled products to 3PL cold storage providers in Miami, Florida is a concern for supply chain and cold chain managers in the logistics industry; however, it does not have to be your concern. Palisades Logistics has established and nurtured business relationships with top-notch companies such as Miami Frozen Storage. The Palisades Logistics’ growing, regional network of partners affords the customers of Palisades Logistics a single source provider who has the resources ready to meet all your third-party logistics requirements whether they are local or regional in nature.