Temperature is at the heart of many things and processes we try to control. Success depends on not just who measures what and when, but what can and is done with all the supporting information obtained. Problems regarding food safety and the lack of transparency and traceability are not new and some of them have literally been merely papered over due to essentially, complacency. Vertical standards such as those sign-posted by the advent of block chain technology will encompass everything from production through to logistics and distribution. At least we have a start. Technology including AI and other innovations are not like icebergs one should be frightened to hit in the dark. However, there is still a long way to go and the path from innovation to adoption will be fraught with failure and buoyed with false hopes.
This will require a measure of unforeseen flexibility despite the risk of hardening attitudes. Fixed assets whether floating or flying carrying little more than air and debt offer no hope, especially as we may witness burgeoning new trade routes coexist with more established traditional supply lines. Striking a new balance between content and cargo, between production and marketing, between perishable logistics and its customers.
Let’s reimagine, rethink and rebuild the coldchain! The Cool Logistics Global 2020 conference will bring together the leading players and thinkers active in the coldchain ready to deliver the brightest ideas and solutions for how best perishable logistics can be redesigned and rebuilt.
The conference will as always be preceded by a technical workshop and followed by two days of a commercial and operational round-up of all issues relevant to delivering best in class perishable logistics to the growing community of ever more demanding temperature controlled distributors and customers.
As the cold chain community is thinking about the best practical solutions how to handle the Covid-19 fall-out there is perhaps an even bigger question: How can current and future sustainability solutions be better managed?
Tackling the energy question in the cold chain
Rivalling solutions advocating a ‘back to basics’ approach and ideas that may have seemed far-fetched before are beginning to emerge from the time warp (Progress is not linear).
Technology: What’s out there in the market?
Shipper case studies: fresh produce, protein and pharmaceuticals
Manufacturers of goods requiring transportation and storage under temperature-controlled conditions present their case and specific requirements
Reverse logistics and waste management
There are times when components become like gold-dust. Providing buffers of equipment back up by technical knowledge. Compromise solutions and innovation can make good neighbours.
Port Tour and Icebreaker Reception
What next for ‘freighters’ and ‘belly cargo’?
How permanent has been the air-sea conversion for specific perishable commodities?
Breakthrough for drone platforms and drone carriers?
Human resources and dematerialization
Developing vertical visibility in the perishables business could be one step closer. Is it now time to create vertical coldchain standards and to abandon traditional fiefdoms?
Temperature controlled distribution storage and shipment: locating new efficiency gains
The coldstorage sector is facing new challenges, driven partly by evolving intercontinental shipper demand, a shift towards local sourcing and the speed of technological development itself.
Reviewing and reviving food processing markets
Safety and hygiene concerns
How critical is temperature management in the work place?
Reviewing big ticket reefer intermodality
Will the evolution of inland-based distribution provide new opportunities for transport modes that have until now been banished into never-land or simply been suffering from an eternal Cinderella status.
The battle of the ports for the cold chain community
Will bigger or smaller ports have a better chance of survival in the Post-Covid world and how will this affect the survival of the coldchain industry?