Negosentro| Proper Shipping of Temperature-Sensitive Products | Shipping is big business, thousands of trucks across the country every day delivering freight from one place to another. The competition between shipping companies can be fierce which leads to competitive prices for the consumer.
Unfortunately, this can mean that corners are cut when the items are transported. In some cases this will have minimal effect, but, if you’re shipping temperature-sensitive products it’s essential that you know they’ve been properly taken care of.
It’s not just food products that are sensitive to temperature, many modern electronic gadgets need to be kept within a certain temperature range to work effectively.
The key to successfully shipping these items is in knowing that the shipping company respects temperature requirements and follows proper procedure.
The trick when transporting is not about keeping the environment at the right temperature, it’s about keeping the warm, or cool, air out of your package. This ensures the air inside the parcel remains at the same temperature.
The best way to ensure this is the case is to pack the items properly. You’ll need to place the item into a container and pack all around it, ensuring it can’t move. Then make sure the container is sealed airtight.
The best packing material in the container is insulated foam, the thicker the foam the better it will be at insulating your product while in transit.
Add an Indicator
On the outside of the carton, you need to clearly identify where the parcel is going and where it is coming from. It also should state that it is temperature-controlled and the temperature range it must stay within.
Alongside this fit temperature indicators that will alert the receiver if the item has moved outside the desired temperature range.
These stickers are usually black and configured for specific temperature parameters. If the temperature moves outside of the designated range the sticker will change color, often to red. This tells the shipper and the receiver that the temperature hasn’t been maintained, allowing them to reject the parcel.
Adding temperature indicators also helps to ensure the driver is more careful with the package, as they will know it is being monitored.
Choose The Right Shipper
It makes sense to choose a shipper that has experienced transporting temperature-sensitive items and has gained a good reputation doing so.
It’s best to verify any potential shipper’s reputation. You can do this by talking to other businesses, checking social media, and looking at online forums. Remember that not every review will be great but you can tell a lot from how negative reviews are handled.
Check Government Guidelines
Don’t simply assume that you know what is best for your product. You should also check the guidelines set by the government regarding your type of product. There may be extra things that you and the shipping agent need to adhere to in order to ensure the product meets safety standards while in transport.
Thousands of temperature-sensitive items are transported daily, it just takes a little extra planning and care.