THE UNITED KINGDOM, London. A growing global population and the need to reduce food waste, among other factors, continue to drive key developments in the transport of temperature sensitive foods and beverages, explained Technavio, a leading global technology research and advisory company.
In its “Perishable Goods Transportation Market” report, Technavio identified three emerging trends in the perishable goods transportation market. First, the industry is moving toward the integration of GPS tracking and temperature monitoring systems.
Next, smarter technologies in refrigerated cargo are rising in prevalence, according to Technavio. Companies are making significant investments in IT infrastructure and sensors that provide temperature and location data in real time. Other technologies employed in the logistics industry include spiral compressors, which primarily are used in air conditioning equipment to increase efficiency, Technavio noted.
Finally, shippers also are concerned about pollution – from vehicle emissions and secondary sources such as packaging and warehousing. In response, shippers are tapping vendors with smaller carbon footprints. Refrigerated transport providers increasingly are choosing electric and other vehicles that run on renewable energy sources, according to Technavio. Additionally, some companies are adopting “green logistics” concepts related to fleet management, green storage and packaging, logistics environment management, alternative fuel implementation, green transportation, and logistics innovation.