Effective cold chain monitoring is one of several solutions that can combat the multifaceted problem of food waste. Making sure food isn't thrown out before it ever gets to a restaurant, grocery store or a consumer's refrigerator is a good first step.
Cold chain monitoring provides real-time data that businesses, suppliers and their transportation partners can use to manage the supply chain more effectively. Pinpointing temperature issues quickly through real-time alerts can allow these entities to address issues as soon as possible—whether that means sending a crew to repair faulty equipment on the factory floor, rerouting shipments to other warehouses for cold storage or using a centralized platform to adjust temperatures remotely while products are in transit.
Cold chain monitoring can streamline the handoff process when teams load and unload goods. For example, it can provide arrival and departure information that helps teams reduce the time spent loading and unloading food products, ensuring these items return to a temperature-controlled environment as quickly as possible.
This technology-enabled approach also can improve predictive maintenance, giving transportation and logistics companies access to insights they can use to proactively manage their fleet and avoid performance issues that may contribute to food spoilage.
The EPA has set a goal to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. Though that's a lofty goal, effective cold chain management is one approach that may help the country get there. Roughly 40 million tons—the equivalent of about 80 billion pounds—of food is wasted every year, but people all across the country still go hungry. Leveraging technology innovation, particularly IoT-enabled smart technology, can help food manufacturers optimize their supply chain and do their part to significantly reduce food waste.
Learn more about new technologies in cold chain logistics to help reduce food waste and cold chain management features you may need.
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