Keeping It Fresh: Improving Cold Chain Outcomes with Sensor Platforms

July 5, 2016 | State of the Market Report

Cold supply chains are imperfect and prone to complications that damage brands and result in millions of dollars of product losses. Many of these issues stem from problems occuring during transit and at handoffs. The key factor that can damage cold goods is temperature, but other factors – like light, shock, and humidity – can also harm cold products. To prevent damages, enterprises can deploy real-time monitoring platforms that can alert operators before product is lost. In this report, we developed payback models for monitoring systems in five different use cases. We found that high-value products, like vaccines, recognize very positive paybacks through investment in more advanced monitoring systems. Less valuable products, like bulk commodity foods, require high loss rates to create a strong business case for next generaiton monitoring solutions.

Coverage Areas

  • Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness
  • Digital Transformation
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Sensors

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Cold chain monitoring uses primitive data logging technology today – new continuous monitoring options may help improve margins for food, pharma, and adjacent markets
  • Analysis
    Companies should implement different cold chain monitoring solutions on a case-by-case basis. The net benefit of these solutions is dependent on multiple factors like cargo value and loss rates.
  • Outlook

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