30 Jun Lifestyle changes in the past few decades have led to an increase in demand for refrigerated trucks
The fast moving consumer goods and commercial food sector are heavily dependent upon refrigerated trucks and trailers. However, research indicates that these trucks are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. Only food transport itself is responsible for almost 2% of the total emissions. Researchers claim; lifestyle changes and demographics are responsible for the increase use of refrigerated trucks. Consumption of refrigerated food and frozen items have increased over the past few decades. The reason being they taste good and are easy to prepare as compared to traditional dishes that can be time consuming.
Lifestyle changes and demand patterns pertaining to FMCG’s
Fast moving consumer good industries are experiencing a boom worldwide. People ensue lifestyle changes that promotes ease and convenience. Which is why countries now use refrigerated trucks to promote international trade as well. These trucks help maintain the standard of quality, perishable food items including meat is easily transported via land using trucks and trailers to maintain freshness, resistance to weather variation is another benefit and foremost, the trucks are versatile in terms of adjusting temperatures pertaining to food items being transported.
Supply chain management and operational mobility
But seemingly, in order to maintain quality standards, supply chain management and operational mobility ensues utmost importance. Be it transport, loading/unloading items, deliveries, everything needs to be adequately handled with care. Even a slight mishap including temperature variation in a controlled environment can affect the quality of the food items especially in trade where huge or humongous orders need to be transported. Which is why companies involved in transportation now seek extensive research and development into this. Also, logistics play a huge role. Companies usually characterize items based on properties, ambient conditions and packaging. This helps them majorly whilst deciding upon thickness of air layer between the items, solar exposure and insulating pallet covers. The aforementioned factors are pertinent even while post handling or unloading items. Maintaining the integrity of products is extremely important especially as quality standards in international trade infers positioning and standing.
Time Temperature Indicators
Further research pertaining to this have come up with Time-Temperature Indicators (TTI) for operational mobility. Through this, companies handle and monitor products on the basis of two indicators that are; time and temperature. They analyze the impact of the mentioned indicators on product quality and ensue a rather cost effective approach to handle supply chain keeping in view demand and consumption levels. Although this requires extensive research including the fact that the analysis involves equipment that measures time and temperature of the items from the point of manufacturing till it reaches the destination. Furthermore, this also includes transport, storage and other processes. But it has proven to be beneficial if the right metrics and equipment have been used. The gist of TTI is to help maintain product quality and improve logistics for better positioning in the market. Refrigerated trucks and their capacity to support major industries involves a lot more factors other than controlling temperature.