Southwest Airlines evaluates the use of smart containers to replace refrigerated containers during cold chain transport

January 10, 2019 | Case Study

Southwest Airlines has a network of 550 aircraft to transport cargo across 90 cities in the U.S. Transporting goods on this scale necessitates that the airline provide reliable guarantees on cargo safety, especially for temperature-sensitive goods whose lifetimes can be affected by high temperatures but that do not require refrigeration. While using refrigerated containers is an option, they're expensive and occupy valuable space that is best used for cargo. Given this predicament, Southwest Airlines looked to adopt a smart packaging from Cold Chain Technologies because it's insulated, has phase change materials (PCMs) for temperature sustenance, and comes pre-installed with RFID temperature tags for active cold chain monitoring.

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