The cold weather is among us and if there’s one thing that all pharmaceutical manufacturers are aware of, it’s that one temperature fluctuation can pose large concerns for their products. This is especially true during the transport process, stressing the need to choose a freight hauling company that is equipped to handle such high-value, temperature sensitive products. Here are a few tips to help reduce your risk of product endangerment.
Winters can be stressful times for companies that need to ship products across the country. Depending on the product, the cold weather can be very harmful and can even damage the product to the point that it can no longer be used. This may be more of a problem with perishable goods such as food, but it can also be an issue for sensitive products such as electronics and chemicals. While some of these items can handle minor temperature fluctuations, they aren't good with the extreme cold that can be a big part of the winter months throughout a lot of the country. Fortunately, Road Scholar Transport offers temperature protect trailers to help protect your freight from freezing.
Driver Shortage: Driver capacity is at its lowest since 2005, with a ratio of one truck being available for every 12 loads so far this year, according to DAT Solutions. (1) With the ELD mandate taking effect last month, drivers retiring and the struggle to recruit the younger generation, as well as government regulations such as hours-of-service, the American Trucking Associates reported that the industry will need nearly 900,000 additional drivers to satisfy demand. (2) This capacity crunch has caused many shippers to either delay shipments or pay more to get their freight moved.
The admirable industries of product logistics and transport are literally the backbone of our cities and states. What truly allows developed and undeveloped countries around the world to grow, improve population health, life-expectancy, and continue to evolve are the scientific technologies we invest in to improve the precarious transportability risks of temperature- sensitive products that our world needs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that nearly 48 million Americans are the victim of foodborne illnesses each year. 1 Food can become contaminated from a variety of means including environmental contamination (chemicals that are released into the air can enter food products), contamination during processing, the development of natural toxins on food crops due to climatic conditions, improper safety methods during transport, storage, packaging, and other levels of the supply chain process, and of course, adulteration (which is especially seen in stolen cargo situations). 2