Cold Chain Logistics

Cold Chain Logistics also known as Chill Chain Is the transportation of temperature-controlled goods. In other words it is the technology and process that allows for the safe transport of temperature-sensitive goods and products along the supply chain. This is important while transferring perishable goods from the point of origin through the distribution chain to the final consumer in order to maintain quality and safety.

It is most commonly used in food and pharmaceuticals since 1950s.It was most often used for preserving animal-based cells or tissue. As medical breakthroughs, such as in cancer treatment, have taken place, the demand for cold chain systems has grown. But today the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic has affected the human as a whole. The vaccines were the need of the hour and finally resulted in the development of Vaccines. Cold Chain Logistics plays an important role because the vaccines can be transported only under controlled temperature.

 The common temperature range for a cold chain in pharmaceutical industries is 2 to 8 °C, but the specific temperature (and time at temperature) tolerances depend on the actual product being shipped.

Benefits of Cold Chain Management

  • Eliminate food safety risks.
  • Reduce thermal abuse within the cold chain.
  • Increase food quality.
  • Increase the shelf life of food products.
  • Eliminate finger pointing between franchisee, distributor and supplier.
  • Increase cold chain efficiency and productivity.
  • Extend product shelf life.

Risks of Cold Chain Management

  • Damaged cooler/freezer doors 
  • condendensation  
  • Excessive heat exposure
  • Damaged Goods

Some of the Cold Chain Logistics companies in India are Snowman Logistics Ltd, Cold speed Logistics & Trades Pvt. Ltd, Coldman Logistics, Crystal Logistic Cool Chain Limited, Inext logistics & supply chain pvt ltd, Etc.,