Here in Florida, spring has now given way to summer, which is great news for the air conditioning industry, but not so great for people ordering chocolates.
This time of year is a challenge for all shippers of temperature-sensitive products. A package containing insulin, which must be protected from excessive temperatures, will remain unspoiled longer on a Minneapolis doorstep at 65 degrees Fahrenheit than on a Phoenix doorstep in 115 degrees.
Temperature-sensitive packaging can help ensure the contents arrive in optimal condition in the designated temperature range. Avoiding spoilage is not, however, only about the package itself; it's also about the ambient temperatures in the environment that the package will pass through.
For example, a package traveling via ground from Florida to Southern California in August will encounter different temperatures than one traveling from Massachusetts to Wisconsin in January, so it's important to design packaging that not only suits the product but also can protect it in the different environments it will encounter in transit. The hotter and longer the ride, the more coolant and insulation are necessary. The colder and shorter the ride, the less is needed.
You might ask, "If the package design can protect temperature-sensitive contents for a four-day haul across the country in July, it's going to be fine for the same journey in January, right?" While the answer is "yes," consider that, by shipping with an over-engineered package – meaning more packaging and cooling material than needed – you're throwing away money.
It can take expensive materials to create packaging and energy to move packages. Over-engineering is a waste and an unnecessary drain on the bottom line. What's required instead is a packaging solution that reflects three elements: the product's requirements, the conditions encountered in the package transit route and the amount of risk the shipper is prepared to accept.
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