At first, let’s review types of boxes that cold chain companies are using to ship fresh foods, frozen ice cream, seafoods, meats for online sales and orders.
Frozen Shipping Boxes in Cold Chains
Cardboard boxes, are still dominant boxes for cold chain products. The insulations are either affixed or structured all the way around the interior box surfaces. However, the drawbacks of using cardboard for frozen foods appear obviously. The cardboard will end in landfill or dump bins together with the insulations and dry ice pack or gel ice packs. Cardboard is subject to become wet and losing strength once cold air leaks out causing condense water on the cardboard. Even worse is that cardboard boxes imply to consumers that all the packaging materials are for single use, please dispose them after receiving from the shipment. Double think who pay for the single use packages and the environment? We the consumers do.
Waxed cardboard boxes, as implied by its own name, are coated with the wax inside out. the purpose is simply to overcome the cardboard flaws once soaked by condense water. However, it brings in major problems. One is the increased costs, second is the increased weight, third is the disposal harm to the environment from the additional element of wax.
Big lunch box type of container with zip to seal. Obviously the boxes of the type are too expensive and heavy to reuse for frozen foods in the cold chain industry.
Cooler type of boxes or containers, are just too heavy for shipment.
Reusable boxes in light weight fluted polypropylene panels are getting more popular in frozen foods shipment and among the cold chains. They are water resistant, low priced for consumers to keep and reuse.
New Trend on Return Packaging Bundle after Frozen Foods Shipment
Cold chain shipping to consumers is part of the booming eCommerce business nowadays. The industry has embraced the return and reuse model on packaging and insulation materials. As a norm three element bundle are in the frozen product delivery: a box, insulation dunnage and a dry ice or frozen gel pack. Accordingly, the new economical and Eco model draws clear map on consumer based cold chain shipping and return. First, mark values on the packaging bundle that consumers are aware of. Secondly, let consumers know the policy of refund on mailing back the bundle in good shape. Every bundle element are label in QR code for scanning and process automation. The ReusePac solutions help save big money and reduce carbon footprint for all the stakeholders.
For more information on cold chain systems, please visit Global Cold Chain Alliance at https://www.gcca.org
For more details on simplicity and benefits in using ReusePac boxes, please visit: https://reusepac.com/reuse-box-benefits/