7 Jun, 2021 by Camille Bello
Throughout the century, the supply chain has developed from standard and intrinsic, to an advanced series of processes which spreads worldwide. To look at the cold chain’s impact on consumers, we’ll take you through the evolution and history of the industry. Cold chains are common in the food and pharmaceutical industries and also in some chemical shipments.
The Beginning of Cold Chain
Over the ages, people have been trying to find the best possible ways to deliver perishable goods while keeping the freshness intact. It was not easy to create an an unbroken and an uninterrupted series of refrigerated storage and distribution system.
While the global cold chain is relatively newfangled, the refrigerated movement of temperature sensitive goods traced back to 1797 when British fishermen used ice to preserve their fish stockpiles.
In 1930, Frederick Jones designed and registered a portable air-cooling unit for trucks carrying perishable food. By the late 1930s, refrigerated rail cars and trucks were carrying perishable foods long distances. This technology has been frequently in use since the 1950s, when it was most often used for preserving animal-based cells or tissue.
The Cold Chain Today
The cold chain have come a long way. Emerging technologies have allowed for a high level of control in each aspect of the cold chain.
Due to the pandemic, 2020 – “a year like no other”, the whole world became profoundly familiar with the operations and as well as the importance of the supply chain industry. As we arise from the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and finally get a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel, people are about to discover a whole new type of supply chain operation: cold chain logistics.
For products that have to be stored and transported within a specified temperature range, every stage of the supply chain process – including warehousing, freight, and inventory – has to be controlled. This is absolutely critical in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines commonly travel via cold chain logistics, and given the importance of this particular vaccine, supply chains will have to be ready to perform.
Manufacturers and distributors committed to ensuring the food supply chain would continue working as an essential industry. The focus later expanded to figure out how the cold chain would also be used to successfully deliver a temperature-sensitive COVID-19 vaccine to billions across the globe.
Today, it became clear that the cold chain is a priority and an #ESSENTIAL service.
At Royal Cargo, our clients enjoy a multitude of benefits by outsourcing supply chain management to us. We provide a one-stop shop for warehousing, inventory planning and control, and distribution management.
Products that require to maintain low temperature are stored in our cold storage facilities strategically located in Bulacan, Laguna, and Cavite. Our independent temperature-controlled rooms are capable of maintaining temperature requirements of chilled and frozen products ranging from +10C to -20C.
Our facilities are certified “AAA” by the Department of Agriculture, as well as accredited with regard to ISO 9001: 2015, Good Operating Practices (GOP) and HACCP. We have also been named as “Best Cold Storage Facility in Region IV” for three consecutive years.
We are a pharmaceutical and Clinical Trial Logistics solutions provider for over a decade offering tailored fit services to clients. We provide storage and transportation servicesfor time critical and temperature sensitive healthcare and life science requirements. Our services also include time-critical shipments of vaccines. Our network of local branches and agents enables us to reach any site in the Philippines.
Royal Cargo is one of the first supply chain companies to initiate in establishing a Vaccine Depot exclusively for COVID-19 Vaccines in the Philippines amidst the pandemic. We have specialized transportation services, as well as multi-temperature Vaccine Depot for all kinds of vaccines to support a secure and successful clinical trial supply chain service in the Philippines.