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Future of Cold Chain Management

Preserving temperature sensitive goods and items have been a necessity for a very long time. The industry dates back to ancient Egypt and has been improving ever since. Researchers are in constant search for ways to improve the ease of operations in the industry. The demands of customers are also constantly increasing which makes it essential to find ways to meet up with the increasing demands.

Adoption of Fuel Cells

Fuel cells make use of chemical energy stored in the fuel to generate electricity without the hurdles of combustion. The absence of combustion makes the process more efficient in comparison to the conventional means. When it comes to warehousing, the use of fuel cells as a means of generating power increases productivity.

Majority of industries employing cold chain technologies are adopting the use of fuel cells. These types of cells generate more energy and are easier to utilize. The cold chain industry diverting to the use of this source of energy means the industry will be more environmentally friendly.

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Automation

Although ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems) is not a new technology, its rate of usage is not that high. However, there are proven benefits to this type of automation. It will undoubtedly lead to lower cost of labor, reduced negative impact on the environment, less damage to products, and improved customer satisfaction. It is left to companies to make a decision on whether implementing automation is suitable for their business model and clients.

Tracking and Reporting

Another change that can be expected in the future of Cold chain management is tracking and reporting. As the saying goes, “knowledge is power”. This is exceptionally true in the cold chain industry. Many cold chain and distribution industries are adopting the use of effective tracking and reporting technology to provide an accurate, real-time picture of warehouse inventory and even the employees. Such technologies include Warehouse management system (WMS), Real-time location systems (RTLS), Yard management systems (YMS), Radio-frequency identification (RFID) or barcode, and Transportation management system (TMS). Most of these technologies are in play but greater improvement can be expected to be seen in the future.

The applications of such technologies include inventory tracking, voice automation, bar code labeling and identification, archiving and scanning, communication with customers, better cost management and a lot more. All of this helps in tracking of inventory, material handling equipment, and operators. It also makes it easier for the cold storage manager to give reports.

Conclusion

There are a lot more changes that can be expected to be seen in the future on cold chain management. However, they are all aimed towards achieving the same goal of improved efficiency of cold storage management.