If you're in an industry that sells or distributes products that require temperature-controlled containment, such as pharmaceuticals or food items, you know that transportation costs can weigh heavily on your overhead.
This is particularly true if you move either climate-sensitive or refrigerated freight that doesn't need the amount of space that full-size dedicated transportation units offer.
Keep in mind: More Space = Higher Costs. Space Not Filled = Money Wasted
Space-Saving Transportation solutions
To save on space and reduce freight costs, there are several temperature-controlled shipping options at your disposal. These options can range from low-end insulated coolers to larger units with state-of-the-art climate-controlling hardware.
While a cooler or insulated package can be a great solution for short distances, many products require better control over temperature, security and contamination prevention. In fact, many products are regulated by law to ship under strict temperature-controlled settings and to be isolated from other products to prevent contamination.
If your commodity requires cold chain monitoring and doesn't require an entire truckload for transportation, there are less-than-truckload solutions to meet your needs.
The LTL Solution for Refrigerated & Heated Freight
For example, we compared the quotes of a dedicated refrigerated freight trailer (also known as a reefer) from Florida to Tennessee against a Climate-Controlled LTL Unit shipment to and from the same locations.
Dedicated Reefer: $1,631.71
Cold Box LTL: $1,100.49
Cost Difference: $531.22
That's a savings of 32.5%
Technology and Reporting
Data is invaluable for many reasons, especially with high-value freight. The Climate-Controlled LTL Unit is equipped with technology that tracks several points, including internal and external temperatures and GPS points throughout transit. Click the link below to view a comprehensive sample report from a recent shipment of vitamin supplements.