The industry of temperature controlled distribution, in both Europe and the US is faced with similar challenges, such as the cost of fuel, addressing regulatory constraints and availability of drivers being among the top concerns.
According to the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), battling these areas with the use of technology to aid in fuel efficiency, managing less than truckloads and maintaining temperature control remotely are some of the ways in which the industry reacts to the said challenges. This also means that the profile of the driver is changing to one that has to be more technology aware as well as with experiments with driverless trucks.
Problematic Areas: infrastructure and fuel costs
According to IRTA, there are several key areas where challenges present themselves at present, including:
•Driver shortage – currently in the United States this is a major issue for most temperature controlled transportation companies. There are stories of companies who have a need to move products but have assets sitting ideal because they simply do not have enough drives to drive the trucks.
•Regulations – as attention to food safety continues to grow globally the more the industry is being regulated to ensure the safe transportation of food.
•Fuel Costs – currently fuel prices are relatively low globally but volatility in the marketplace remains. Transportation companies tend to run on slim margins anyway so any up-tick in the fuel prices eats into ...