Shipping perishable items requires proper planning and thorough processes to maintain product quality and ensure FSMA compliance. Avoid these costly shipping mistakes to get your cargo to its final destination on time and with fewer expenses.
Cold Chain Shipping Mistakes
1. Improper packaging
Improper packaging can be detrimental to the success of you cold chain. Designing cold chain packaging solutions can lower costs, improve customer service, and reduce food spoilage. Plus, proper shipping will improve space and cube utilization. While traditional cold chain packaging is typically made of expanded polystyrene foam, other more efficient and eco-friendly packaging solutions are available.
2. Inaccurate shipment weight
Some companies may not have the proper equipment to weigh their cargo, which can lead to costly re-weighing fees. Rather than estimating the package weight, use an accurately calibrated scale.
3. Not utilizing technology
Technology plays an integral role in the cold chain. Utilizing a real-time temperature monitoring system, such as Cargo Data’s Lightning Real Time, will provide real-time temperature, location, and door status reporting while the shipment is in-transit. Lightning NFC Real-Time also issues Text/Email alerts if your shipment experiences too warm or too cold conditions.
4. Avoiding freight management
Shippers should never overlook freight management logistics. Not only does it maximize savings, but it also improves transit times and maintains customer loyalty. With proper freight management, you can rest assured knowing that your cargo is safe and on-time.
5. Relying on only one carrier
Relying on only one carrier can leave you vulnerable to costly errors. Consider working with a third party logistics partner who has access to a large network of qualified carriers. This will reduce expenses and increase productivity.
Contact Cargo Data for More Information
When it comes to shipping, every detail counts. If you’d like to know more about our real time temperature monitoring and how it can reduce shipping costs and improve operational efficiency, give us a call. We offer free consultations and can be reached at (800) 338-8134.