Cool Chain and Temperature-Controlled Transport: An Overview of Concepts, Challenges and Technologies
23 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 3, 2018
Compared with dry cargo, temperature-sensitive products have some distinctive features which make managing the logistics process much more challenging. The importance of product quality, the need for specific transport fleets, the energy requirements for storage, handling and transportation of perishable cargo are some of these specific characteristics. Meanwhile, as cool chains keep getting longer and more complex, transportation options are also changing right along with it. This chapter provides an overview of different stages of a cool chain and the changes in managing transportation processes in each stage. We also discuss the concepts and technologies to achieve high-quality products as well as the sustainability in the agri-food supply chains.
Keywords: cool chain, agri-food supply chain, fresh produce logistics, temperature-controlled transport
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