Temperature-controlled shipping allows us to transport sensitive items without them spoiling or rotting before they reach their destination. Items like chocolate, flowers, and produce require specific climate conditions in order to remain fresh and ready to use. Through the use of specialized carriers, there are different types of temperature-controlled trucks and containers you can use to get your products where they need to go. Because this type of shipping requires more attention than standard shipping, we thought we’d share out best tips for dealing with temperature-controlled shipping.

Identify Critical Needs First

When dealing with temperature-controlled shipping, the first and most important step of your shipping strategy is identifying the critical needs of your products. What do they need in order to arrive in pristine condition at their next location? For some products like meat or produce, these critical needs can affect the safety of consumption, so they are even more important for brands who deal with food, pharmaceuticals and other similar products.

Whether you can solve your shipping problems with extra insulation inside the box or a fully controlled carrier environment, knowing exactly what your products need will help you define your shipping strategy to meet or exceed those needs. This helps you focus on optimizing your packaging and carrier strategy so that it protects your products as they travel without costing more than it should.  

Remember the Reduced Truck Space

Insulated carriers have less storage space than regular truck loads because they have unique layers added to the inside of the container to create the ideal environment for sensitive products. This means you won’t be able to store as much inside these containers, which requires you to carefully measure and prepare your loads. Make sure you take into account the box and pallet sizes you’re working with, so you can accurately plan for your carrier to fill the truck to its maximum potential. This is especially important as many of these trucks will be dedicated just to your products, so you want to make sure you move the most product for your money.

Prepare Your Product Packaging Correctly

Product packaging for temperature-sensitive items must be prepared for the obstacles each item will face during shipping. Some might require stronger tape that can hold up in the colder temperatures of a specialized carrier, or maybe the boxes need added insulation to better regulate their overall temperature in transit. Whatever your products require, it’s important that you plan ahead by implementing different techniques with your packaging.

You can also purchase and install temperature monitors or other damage indicators for sensitive products. This helps you monitor your products from afar and gives indisputable evidence of negligence in the supply chain. We hope that you would find a carrier company who listens to the details and takes pride in delivering your products in perfect condition, but of course, that’s not always the case.

Find a Carrier Who Cares About the Little Details

To make the experience as seamless as possible, the carrier you choose should be well-prepared for what you need. Search for a company that is willing to sit down and go over all the little details with you. They should be advocating for your products to get the best possible solution for the best cost. You don’t want to partner with anyone who cannot answer your questions effectively or understand all the needs of your products.

Taking your time to secure a carrier that is trustworthy and reliable will help you avoid disasters during shipping. They will most likely be more equipped to handle your products and more willing to do whatever it takes to keep their shipping conditions ideal. Having a carrier who is not only capable but willing to go the extra mile will ensure you pay less for damage related costs or wasted merchandise that spoiled.

We hope these tips for temperature-controlled shipping help you build your strategy with confidence. It may seem impossible to get everything you need to keep your products safe while they travel, but there are plenty of carrier options and ways to do the job with different packaging innovations and tools.