Technology & Logistics – Integrated Services Are the Future

The frozen food market is constantly changing in order to adapt to the needs and shopping behavior of the consumers, who are more and more conscious about their food, are much more interested in online shopping and e-commerce, as well as in sustainable, locally sourced and free-from groceries. How does this impact logistics operators and cold storage providers?

Following a period of economic uncertainty, which has affected all players on the frozen food market, including cold storage and logistics providers, the market is slowly picking up speed again, according to some of the players active on this segment, with plenty of growth potential in both the Western and Eastern European markets. “A trend we see is that companies integrate more and more services in their portfolio as third party logistics providers. They offer complete solutions for their clients and therefore cover a bigger segment within the temperature controlled logistics supply chain. We also notice more cooperation between companies as well as the creation of European and international networks, to be able to offer solutions for both frozen and fresh,” says Christine Weiker, Secretary General of the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association (ECSLA).

The association is actively monitoring and analyzing European legislative initiatives with the potential to have an impact on the industry.  The focus here is on  energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, food safety (as a member of the European Commission’s ...