Each year, suppliers of perishables ship over 5 billion pallets of chilled meats, seafood, cheese, produce and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals valued at $2.6 trillion. Yet the cold chain is plagued by multi-billion dollar breakdowns. Poor in-transit product management results in $35 billion in annual perishable produce waste alone. And an estimated 50% of these losses are due to temperature excursions.
Much of this waste is avoidable. For example, many facilities make accept or reject decisions on whole trailer loads based merely on samplings taken from 3-4 cases on 3-4 pallets on the trailer. In reality, the number of compromised products on that load could be far less.