Cold Chain Logistics

Most people are familiar with the term “supply chain,” — moving products from production to the eventual user. Cold chain transportation is a part of supply chain logistics. It is the movement of chilled products at a temperature between 2° and 8°C ⁠(36° to 46°F) or lower temperatures down to -70°C (-85°F).

What is a cold chain?

A cold chain is a network of refrigerators, cold storage facilities, and disposable cold packages organized to keep temperature-sensitive products (e.g., food and beverages, flowers and plants, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals) at the appropriate temperature from production to customer delivery.

Cold chain incorporates a series of technologies and processes to preserve integrity across manufacturing, storage, and transportation for temperature-sensitive products. Companies can minimize supply chain risk by utilizing solutions that maintain temperature, provide real-time data via internet-of-things (IoT) technology, and enable agile responsiveness with artificial intelligence (AI).  

Why is efficient cold chain transportation important?

The efficient management of a cold chain supply line is vital for maintaining product integrity. Any product that is “perishable” will likely need cold chain management. This could include foods like meat, seafood, and produce, medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals. Unlike shipping non-perishable products such as furniture or clothing, a break in the cold chain could result in damage or breakdown that makes the product unusable.

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A proper cold chain delivery system ensures sensitive medications remain within a designated temperature range as they progress through the supply system. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that refrigerated biologics be stored and transported within 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F) – unless it is deemed stable at other temperature ranges. Temperature variations as little as two degrees can compromise a shipment of pharma products.

Products that do not sustain the appropriate temperature may become ineffective and even harmful to patients. Large amounts of money are also at stake. A temperature change that wipes out large quantities of pharmaceuticals could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, controlled temperature shipping is not easy to do. Sensitive items like medications can be exposed to damage without careful, timely execution.

As the demand for specialty pharmaceutical products increased in recent years, pharma companies and logistics providers made significant investments in cold chain infrastructure, packaging solutions, and technology capabilities to support these products’ secure and reliable distribution.  

What kind of drugs and pharmaceuticals need to be kept cold?

Many vaccines require an uninterrupted cold chain. For example, one of the current COVID-19 vaccines requires temperatures well below freezing, and another requires a cryogenic cold chain  (−238 °F to −460 °F). Many drugs that are biological molecules, such as insulin or asthma inhalers, also need a cold chain.

Specialty medications such as vaccines, insulin, and biologics (drugs made from living organisms) require stringent temperature ranges to arrive at their destinations fully potent and undamaged. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pharma sector’s dependence on cold chain logistics for vaccine delivery. However, temperature control is more than just maintaining low temperatures.

Here is where Mitchell’sNY Logistics can be your go-to, dedicated solution. Trust the transport of your life-sustaining pharmaceuticals and critically-needed medical supplies to Mitchell’sNY Logistics. We ensure your pharmaceuticals and medical t supplies are delivered promptly and securely to and from anywhere in New York City and the Tri-State Area.

Food and beverage industry logistics In NYC

Temperature is vital for transporting produce, meat, and seafood. A cold chain disruption can lead to rotting, bacteria, or mold. The FDA has strict regulations about how food can be transported, including temperature and sanitation requirements for vehicles.

Mitchell’sNY can store food and drinks overnight in cold and temperature-controlled conditions. We’ll ensure your products stay at the right temperature even during loading and unloading, so you remain compliant with all health and safety standards.

Mitchell’sNY has transported everything from beer to ornate wedding cakes to organic juices and more. Our trucks offer temperature control to ensure your foods and beverages arrive at the correct temperature. We’re here to find logistics and delivery solutions for all your needs, and our timely delivery means your products arrive fresh.

Hospitality industry logistics In NYC

If you’re involved in the hospitality industry, you’re already aware of how important quality customer service is. You may need to get food or supplies to hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, or other destinations in New York City and beyond. When you need warehousing for hotel supplies or want bulk orders of temperature-sensitive essential goods shipped properly, you can count on Mitchell’sNY Logistics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way food industry shippers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers connect with last-mile transportation providers. Restaurants pivoted to home delivery for their customers who could no longer enjoy their “high-end menus,” and our 75-year-old, family-run, full-service logistics company has three New York City warehouses and 12 refrigerated frozen trucks and vans as well as 14 dry trucks.

End-to-end visibility increases supply chain efficiency

The cold chain requires high supply chain visibility to verify the cold chain is maintained correctly. Specialized equipment and automated notifications help provide reliable, timely information. Special sensors that monitor, record, and transmit temperature information about individual shipments can verify that a pharmaceutical has remained at the appropriate temperatures during transit. Specific logistics software is also required to manage and process this data.

Experts in cold chain logistics

The experts at MitchellsNY Logistics understand that proactively managing the temperature of a delivery as it moves through the supply chain is crucial. We monitor and maintain temperature throughout the transport and set notifications if a temperature deviates from a specified range. We also provide proof of delivery and offer temperature reports upon request.

Our trusted drivers take responsibility for packing your deliveries on-site ready for transportation, and our advanced monitoring technologies record the temperature of your shipment throughout its transit.

Any potential complications are anticipated well in advance, and appropriate action is taken so that your pharmaceuticals are transported safely. Our extensive contingency procedures ensure that the cold chain is never in jeopardy. We offer frozen delivery throughout NYC, the tri-state area, and beyond. Our specially designed refrigerated and frozen vans and trucks routinely complete up to 750 deliveries a day. 

Need long-haul services? We can coordinate that as well. Contact Mitchell’sNY Logistics for estimated rates and delivery times.

MitchellsNY Logistics’ frozen warehousing services

If you also need frozen inventory storage, Mitchell’sNY Logistics’ carefully climate-controlled facilities are safe and secure to protect your life-sustaining pharmaceuticals. More than a storage solution, our refrigerated and frozen warehousing services include full-service inventory management that provides you with a single point of contact for all your frozen inventory logistics questions.

Our trained and knowledgeable staff provides expert service from shipping and receiving to proper product storage to packing and delivery — and more! We treat your pharmaceuticals with the utmost care through every step of the process. Our Long Island City facilities include a 60,000-square-foot warehouse, with more than enough room to store your cold storage pharmaceuticals.

Outsourcing your warehousing and inventory management to Mitchell’sNY Logistics can save you time and money and lower your stress. We’ll give your pharmaceuticals the special attention they need and ensure they’re stored and shipped at the proper temperature. We’ll give your pharmaceuticals the special attention they need and ensure they’re stored and shipped at the appropriate temperature.

MitchellsNY Logistics is here to help with all your cold chain logistics needs. Every step of the way, we know what it takes to ensure on-time delivery of shipments that are the ideal temperature, every delivery. From the best cold technology to federal regulations, we’re in the know with everything to make sure your sensitive goods are perfect when they arrive. 

Reach out to learn more about our cold chain management and get a custom price from MitchellsNY Logistics today.

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