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Your Guide to Cold Storage

Friday, November 19th, 2021

Today’s technology has made it possible to safely transport items requiring cold storage, such as perishable foods or biopharmaceuticals, across the globe without jeopardizing their integrity. While it is important to acknowledge cold transportation, what makes it possible is the previous step in the supply chain — refrigerated warehousing and cold storage. Read on to learn about this essential logistics component and why it matters so much for your business. 

Understanding Cold Storage

Cold storage is the way you can store your perishable goods in a temperature-controlled way to prevent them from spoiling or being non-compliant with the laws and regulations that govern your industry. 

Items needing cold storage include the following. 

  • Nutrient products
  • Foods such as vegetables, fruits, meat, seafood, and dairy products
  • Flowers and plants
  • Biopharmaceutical products
  • Art
  • Candles

Federal regulations surrounding refrigerated freight are much more stringent than for dry freight, and as such, are costlier. For this reason, many companies choose to outsource cold storage to a 3PL service provider. The benefit of going with a 3PL for your cold storage is that many offer additional value-add services such as packing and transportation. 

Types of Cold Storage

3PL cold storage includes the following types to suit each customer’s unique needs. 

Refrigerated Container

A refrigerated container is the most basic and cost-effective way to cold store small quantities of your temperature-sensitive goods. These containers are mobile, making this route flexible and able to be moved to suit your needs. But container storage is best used as a short-term solution. 

Freezer Warehouse

As it sounds, a freezer warehouse is a space to store goods below 32℉ to keep them frozen and preserved. This cold storage method is particularly useful for companies in the foodservice industry. 

Blast Freezer 

Blast freezers, also known as shock freezers, are a great solution for restaurants or catering companies that need to store and chill food quickly. This includes the frozen food industry for businesses that sell produce, ice cream, or fish, to name just a few. 

Custom Cold Storage Facility

In addition to the cold storage types listed above, some companies go the 3PL route to have a custom or dedicated cold storage facility for their items. If your business requires more than the standard modifications, we can adapt our facilities to meet your needs, whether by building a multi-temp unit, adding shelves, or making custom sizes. We can supply whatever you need to keep your products safe until it makes it to the end-user. 

Why Trust CWI Logistics for Your Cold Storage Needs

CWI Logistics has grown from a 100,000 sq. ft. temperature-controlled warehouse to over 1 million sq. f.t. of refrigerated storage across Central Florida. For the last 50 years, we have maintained our commitment to sophisticated processes that take the worry of logistics for handling, storing, and transporting your perishable goods off your shoulders. 

Through a technologically advanced management and monitoring system and integrated processes, you can stay continually informed of your items’ location, volume, and temperature. Through USDA-approved cold storage, CWI’s food-grade refrigerated facilities maintain the integrity of your products. We can adapt to your needs as they change, and we are committed to preserving your goods and reputation while fitting your unique needs. 

To get started using our refrigerated 3PL services for your goods, contact the expert team at CWI Logistics. We know how to make logistics and warehousing work for your business, and we customize our services to suit you best. When you are ready to experience the efficiency and ease of a 3PL partner who understands all aspects of cold chain logistics, trust CWI Logistics.

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