Perishable consolidation may be one of the best kept secrets when it comes to transporting highly perishable and dated commodities. In fact, most people don’t even realize such a service exists. But it does. This type of transportation exists to benefit just in time products or programs, from regional produce distribution to a national juice program. But how do you know if this service is right for your needs? Ask yourself four questions.
Like any service, there are certain freight attributes that are best suited for this type of transportation. If you can answer yes to any of the following four questions, you may want to consider a perishable consolidation strategy for your next move.
1. Do you regularly ship products that are dated commodities or time-sensitive? This may include fresh produce, pre-packaged refrigerated foods, juice, and other similar products in the 33-50 degree Fahrenheit temperature band.
2. Do your goods fall into the produce, food and beverage, or floral categories? These industries most commonly benefit from perishable consolidation, but others may apply as well.
3. Are your products sensitive to ethylene or exposure to allergens? A clear understanding of what your products may be co-mingled with can help ensure your product quality meets customer requirements.
4. Are you unable to fill an entire truckload of these perishable goods? By aggregating your volumes with other compatible products within your origin region into a variety of destination regions, you can more efficiently transport your perishable less than truckload (LTL) orders.
Understanding Perishable Consolidation
With perishable consolidation, you’re often racing the clock. That’s why goods on a just in time model are ideal candidates for this style of shipping.
Perishable consolidation means fresh product and efficient deliveries. Because of the nature of shipping these types of goods, set sailing schedules are often employed to ensure consistent delivery times and reliable service.
If it sounds like perishable consolidation is a service you want to incorporate as part of your supply chain strategy, reach out to your transportation provider and start exploring your options.