Did you know that small businesses in Southwest Florida play a critical role in the national supply chain? It's true! These innovative and hard-working companies provide products and services that are absolutely essential to our economy, and Florida Freezer is proud to support them.
Cold storage is a critical part of many businesses, but it can also be a difficult one to manage properly. If you're looking for tips to improve your cold storage management, you're in the right place. In this blog post, we'll provide you with six simple tips that will help you increase the efficiency of your cold storage facility.
You know the drill: your customers place an order for cold or frozen items, and you do whatever it takes to get those items delivered on time and in the best condition possible. But what if you could go above and beyond the call of duty to really wow your clients? The good news is—you can! That's where white-glove service comes in.
Are you looking to found a new meal kit delivery startup? Perhaps you’re the owner of an existing meal kit service that’s looking to improve its cold chain operations? Considering the fact that your customers now demand local, unprocessed food, you need a reliable cold chain storage and transportation partner to ensure your ingredients stay fresh—from the farm to the front door.
When you look back even 50 years ago, a transportation business was just that—a transportation business. They got your products where they needed to go and that was that. End of transaction. Fast forward to today and there is so much national and international competition that even the smallest, regional transportation companies have had to adapt their businesses to keep up with customer demand.
For decades, the U.S. frozen food industry has had to battle the false reputation that its products are inferior to fresh offerings in terms of taste, quality, and nourishment. This is despite the fact that over the past 50 years, the amount of time Americans spend preparing meals has drastically declined. The good news is that the frozen food sector’s image has slowly started to turn around in the eyes of consumers, most importantly amongst those more health-conscious shoppers.
What happens to a perishable food item or a temperature-sensitive vaccine when it leaves the manufacturing facility? Since these items require constant refrigeration to maintain their freshness and efficacy, a standard supply chain simply won’t do. Instead, they enter what’s known as a cold chain.
As we reflect back on the 2021 holiday shopping season, itâ€™s impossible to forget how many news outlets and industry experts hammered home the fact that supply chainsâ€”as a wholeâ€”are in turmoil. Between mass labor deficits, raw material shortages, and a huge spike in demand from eCommerce businesses, itâ€™s no wonder the industry is struggling to keep up. But, if weâ€™ve learned anything from our industrial history as a country, itâ€™s that we will continue to adapt, reprioritize, and evolve so that by this time next year, our supply chains will be in a better position than ever before.
When it comes to sustainability, a lot of the attention has historically gone to the resource gathering and manufacturing of products, rather than the supply chains that link them. In recent years, however, that spotlight has begun to shift toward supply chains, and businesses are starting the feel the pressure from customers, employees, investors, and the government. As such, supply chain sustainability has emerged as a key initiative for many businesses.
When it comes to technological trends, sometimes it can feel like if you blink, youâ€™ll miss another groundbreaking advancement. While this makes it easy to feel overwhelmed at times, itâ€™s all the more crucial that youâ€”as a supply chain manager or business leaderâ€”stay on top of these important changes.