May 10, 2018 by Farooq
We are all dependent on international and local logistics whether we know it or not. Numerous companies contribute their role in keeping the economy running and none of this would be possible without a well managed logistics aspect in each of those integral organizations.
If it weren’t for the planned distribution of resources, society as we know it would cease to function and that is not the kind of world we would want to live in.
Let’s talk about what logistics essentially mean. Logistics entails the commercial activity of transporting goods to customers and raw materials to manufacturers or companies. In a nutshell, it is an organized movement of resources. When you place an order online, you receive it within an expected span of time, thanks to the efficient logistics operation of the company you purchased the product from. Similarly, the compartmentalization of a busy working organization is greatly dependent on timely delivery of resources to them, or from them.
A career path in logistics has a lot to offer. The world we live in now is a global village, and the possibilities to capitalize on big logistics operations of today are up for grabs!
Let’s take a look at the reasons that make logistics a promising career choice.
May 10, 2018 by Farooq
Nowadays, it has become much convenient to shop for things online. Doesn’t matter where the products are manufactured, you can order them regardless and let the people in charge worry about how it’s going to safely make its way from its place of origin into your awaiting hands. Carrying millions of tons of freight every year is no piece of cake.
Every supply chain management includes a logistics aspect, which is an essential component of the operation. Logistics is mainly responsible for all the planning, execution and managements of the goods or services from the place of origin to the place of consumption. It entails the import and export operations concerning the company warehouse. In many ways, logistics are the guts of the business, moving things that need to be moved and making things happen. Supply chain management is incomplete without the incorporation of logistics.
At the brink of the new millennia, the consumerist culture took over with the ease of product availability. Proliferation of supermarkets like Walmart and IKEA is evidence that people wanted things, all in one place to pick and buy from.
The logistics management greatly improved to meet up with the consumer demand and often exceeded the consumer demand with an ample supply. This was the window of opportunity economists were looking for. Because logistics were seamlessly moving bulks of product well over the consumer demands, companies and manufacturers could now lower the cost and even increase their productivity to improve the overall performance.
The smooth supply meant that companies could now team up with supplies, shipping services and warehouses in partnerships that would create automated systems requiring minimal intrusions to carry out the product supply for the customers to buy at reduced costs. The companies also capitalize on the faster product delivery for customers that make direct home delivery orders.
The delivery end isn’t the only one having positive contributions from improved logistical efficacy. Business, especially manufacturers, can now import raw materials with reduced costs and timely delivery. The solid communication between the different departments such as company and shipping services meant that transparency will increase, which it did.
We can relate as customers how excruciating it can be to wait for ordered products. Companies have recognized minimizing delivery times as the key to exceed in the increasing market competition. Companies are having their presence felt on social media to attain a greater outreach. Warehouse locations are important and must be readily accessible to your customers. Automated softwares are also being used to receive purchase requests within seconds!
And, what about perishable goods you ask?
Companies like Frost Dubai Truck are excelling when it comes to the safest transportation of your perishable goods, whether it is fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products or pharmaceuticals. They move different kinds of products simultaneously, thanks to the specified partition within the chamber to keep the different kinds of items from interacting. It doesn’t matter if you’re a company or an individual aiming to move perishable goods, you can carry it out at an affordable cost, thanks to Dubai Frost Trucks.
May 10, 2018 by Farooq
A global industry, as necessary, intrinsic and complex as logistics, is bound to be prone to vulnerabilities. In a way, logistics is sustaining the business industry by circulating resources and goods from place to another. Logistics makes the world go round, metaphorically at least. Not only is it a must have necessity for companies due to their dependence on the in surge of raw materials, but also contributes to the deliveries made on the consumer’s end. Some numbers suggest that 79% of Americans shop online!
Retail logistics companies have their own set of problems to deal with. The last mile of the delivery comes with the most challenges, mainly due to the excessive costs of covering the final mile for the goods to reach the end user. In fact, it is often said that this last mile of delivery can comprise up to 20% of a product’s total transportation costs. The key to gaining an edge in the logistics service business today is to execute a strategy that overcomes the time constraints of the last mile to meet the timely delivery demands of the customer.
Sometimes, retail logistics companies can either deliver the goods safely but in an untimely fashion, or they might deliver on time but the good might’ve been damaged. Customer satisfaction relies on a seamless last mile delivery which comes with a set of challenges.
Let’s go through some of them and their solutions.
Delayed delivery of goods: There aren’t many things more disappointing than receiving damaged goods after an anxious wait. The sentimental value you associate with the shipped goods must resonate with the handlers. You must choose a logistics service such as Frost Dubai Trucks to take care of your goods with special care. You can even transport perishable items such as dairy products, meat, poultry, pharmaceuticals and even fish. Their expert handlers and temperature controlled vans will safely deliver the goods in a timely manner and at an affordable cost.
Returned goods: Often, customers don’t feel quite satisfied with the goods delivered to them. They might not seem to like what they’d expected online, perhaps it’s the color or dimensions. Whatever the case maybe, the logistics service must now get the product back into the inventory without any damage. Make sure you thoroughly investigate the product you are reviewing online. If the dimensions and texture aren’t available, then call up and ask them about it. This simple diligence on your end will save you a potentially bad return experience and save time and effort.
Out of goods: Sometimes, products may receive such a positive response that the inventory might actually run out of the current product stock. To overcome the massive in surge of orders for that particular product, you should call up your delivery service’s account manager and arrange an overnight shipment from the supplier you’re buying from. This will take care of the unavailability obstacle. You might also have to map your supple chain and identify weak points to find ways to make inventory control adjustments.
May 10, 2018 by Farooq
Hundreds of millions of people anticipate Christmas every year, often dubbed the big break and the time of festivities, family unions and excitement. What is Christmas if Santa Claus doesn’t show up though? Logistics companies are the Santa Claus of the real world when Christmas is around the corner. People buy presents and hope they’ll reach their way under the Christmas tree just in time, for their loved ones, but logistics companies fail to deliver this duty in a timely manner.
Back in 2014, Amazon, one of the biggest logistics retailers in the industry, had to refund shipping costs to the disappointed customers due to delayed shipments. They even handed out $20 gift certificates as a form of compensation. Holidays are peak seasons for shipments and freights increase several times over. Amazon isn’t the only one to be confronted with the likes of untimely delivery in holiday season, many other companies fall into the same trend. For UPS and FedEx, it seems that the overwhelming shipment demand is almost always unprecedented.
It’s not too hard to understand the uproar of the many awaiting customers who had their deliveries arrive a day late, missing the Christmas time. In 2013, the delivery rate for UPS was an unacceptable 83% while FedEx was not in too good a shape either, with a delivery rate of 90%. It’s clear that delivery companies are swamped with orders during holiday season. Christmas presents aren’t really the kind of thing people would want to take a risk with. UPS and FedEx can’t cope with the massive surge in e-commerce order volumes during holiday seasons.
Let’s take a look at some of the steps both of these companies took to address this issue.
Reallocation of staff: UPS made some changes in the distribution of their staff. The major influx of ecommerce orders meant that their shipping hubs will be chaotic, which needs to be met with some order. UPS relocated many of their staff members from their headquarters and other offices to the shipping hubs to provide extra help with the high volume of shipping orders.
Changing promised deadlines and guarantees: You shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep. UPS and FedEx seemed to have realized this now, but with a twist. Both of these companies have increased the expected delivery windows on routes experiencing high traffic. They have also removed guarantees as well as refunds for the busy weeks. The mantra that both of these logistics giants seem to follow is you can’t disappoint customers when you remove their expectations.
Increase in sorting hubs: Both of these companies have taken up temporary hubs in locations they were needed the most during the holiday season to keep the whole ordeal to a minimum; however, there was no increase in the number of staff members though. Maybe the lack of man power was the culprit for untimely delivery.
Instead of turning to large international corporations to carry out your delivery, companies like Frost Dubai Truck seem to be a more reasonable choice. Their temperature regulated trucks are capable of delivering your goods, as fragile as they may be, in a timely manner and at an affordable cost too.
May 10, 2018 by Farooq
The ever increasing pace of global transportation means logistics is bound to catch up, and boy has it! In fact, logistics in supply chain management is evolving continually to keep up with the consumer demands globally. We have already come a long way, now having the ability to place an online order through one of our hand held devices and having them delivered within a few days, thanks to seamless logistics operations. If companies are to expand and grow, they must increase their logistics competency. They must be able to improve their supply chain to be able to take in more orders.
The last leg of the supply chain is referred to as last mile delivery and this last step is almost always the most problematic. Mostly, it’s the high cost during the last mile that contributes to the bulk of the problem. Did you know that the final leg of delivery can comprise up to 20% of a product’s total transportation cost? The next step would obviously have to be an innovation that overcomes this obstacle. Fuel, vehicle, labor and loading are all factors that contribute to the sky high last mile costs.
Even though we have sophisticated services like Frost Dubai Trucks to carry out safe transportation of our perishable goods on demand, the next generation of logistics is going to be very exciting. We are now using drones for logistics operations!
The possibility of drones being used for package delivery is being explored mainly because drones offer a way to bypass many of the problems associated with the last mile of delivery. In fact, more companies are toying around with the idea of drone delivery to stay ahead of competition, and to not let startup companies adopting this method surpass them.
Let’s go through some distinctive benefits that drone delivery has to offer.
Last year, a couple in New Zealand became the first two people to eat a drone delivered pizza from Domino’s. That’s right. Domino’s partnered with Flirtey drone delivery services to make this happen. The CEO and Managing Director of Domino’s, Mr Meij said, “We invested in this partnership, and technology, because we believe drone delivery will be an essential component of our pizza deliveries.”
Amazon has been developing a workable drone delivery technology called Prime Air since 2013. Amazon has been going at it with the FAA to let their drones take off. Last year, the first drone delivered package was received by a customer in Cambridge, England. Every day, Amazon takes a stride into making drone delivery a widespread reality for the public.
August 12, 2017 by Farooq
Refrigeration is an indispensible part of our life, and is arguably more important to frozen food transporters. Food truck entrepreneurs understand the essentiality and significance of refrigeration for their business because the quality of the food is tied directly to its refrigeration. Food supply is a regular operation and many businesses, restaurants, supermarkets and exports are dependent on this cold chain service. However, keeping the food frozen and within a safe temperature range is not as easy as one might think though. Integrating a refrigeration system into an insulated, appropriately designed truck requires a prerequisite need of installing a specific electrical system.
Food trucks operators power the refrigeration system while they’re on the road, through high powered battery banks or generators. In some states of the United States, generator powered freezer trucks aren’t legal, in which case, truckers rely on the handy battery bank. In other states, it’s alright to drive generator powered freezer trucks, as long as they’re well ventilated.
Mounting generators on the outside of the truck is widely practiced. Some smaller freezer trucks can safely run on the truck battery only, since they require a mere 12 volts power to operate. However, you can’t really hook up a commercial-sized refrigeration unit to the truck battery, since these monsters consume at least 120 Volts to operate. The trucks nowadays are engineered so well, that they retain their compartment temperature long after the refrigeration is turned off. A full freezer can potentially maintain its temperature for up to 48 hours. This gives the truckers a lot of breathing space, because the immediate consequence of anything that went wrong with the truck wouldn’t be food spoilage.
Food quality and food safety is primarily dependent on maintaining the temperature of the cabin that matches the right storage temperature of a particular food item. Any fluctuations in temperature can result in decreased food quality. Ice cream is one very commonly transported frozen food item. Did you know that ice cream texture is very vulnerable to heat shock and change in temperature? Thawing the ice cream, then freezing it and thawing it again can cause ice crystals to form which changes the texture and even taste of the ice cream. It is important to know the best way to thaw and defrost the food to ensure that the finished cooked food doesn’t lack any of its signature characteristics cherished by the line of customers.
For food trucks, another management hurdle that they have to handle is maintaining a uniform consistency in the workers operation. Their day to day operations must be as efficient and swift as possible to optimize the output of the food truck, which happens to be the reason we don’t have to wait too long in food truck lines. You must design an SOP for the workers that prevents cross contamination and maintains the temperature of frozen foods.
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August 12, 2017 by Farooq
A cold chain system is an economic catalyst for industries and businesses of varying nature. The rapidly developing UAE market has realized this fact. Cold chain logistics have opened a new area of market where fresh frozen foods can now be exported and imported unlike before. The cold chain system has proved to be vital in the trade of perishable products that are exported or imported in the UAE.
Did you know that the World Economic Forum has ranked food crises on the fourth place in the list of highest global risks?
Billions are spent on agricultural development to produce crops that are genetically modified to produce higher yields. However, the truth is, each year, billions of tons of fresh food products and food exports are lost just because of inadequate cold chain systems. Lack of proper facilities, improper food safety handling procedures and insufficient training of cold chain workers are the factors to be held responsible for the global wastage in fresh food.
The technology for controlling the temperature of specialized freezer vehicles plays a pivotal role in the economic contribution of the UAE market. The cold chain system encompasses activities and operations of businesses of varying nature. Take the biopharmaceutical sales for instance. Over $260 billion worth of biopharmaceutical sales are depending on cold chain logistics, internationally. In order to minimize losses and prevent regional economies taking the blow, the cold chain systems must be optimized. The United States of America has a competitive edge in cold chain systems internationally, coupled with minimal losses in transportation because of using only the most advanced refrigeration technologies and logistics management services in the world.
National infrastructure is a key player. In order to manage and operate smooth logistics, you must be equipped with enough power and IT infrastructure to enable seamless and efficient product distribution in the country. A supportive infrastructure that doesn’t lack in pivotal elements of the cold chain system prevents delays and losses.
Global cold chain services account to nearly $250 billion!
Asia alone contributes around $1.2 billion in the global cold chain market. In a hot climate like that of the UAE, the cold chain services need special consideration to prevent quick spoilage of perishable fresh food items that are supplied to local markets and even exported. The transportation costs in hot regions like UAE are a discouraging and challenging obstacle for suppliers. Businesses that aren’t economic giants, such as Walmart or IKEA, do not have the capital to establish their own cold chain systems. In this case, businesses that are big and small have the fortunate option to outsource their supply to third party logistics providers. Reliable third party logistics suppliers like Frost Dubai Refrigerated Trucks save businesses and restaurants the havoc of spending a fortune establishing their own logistics system and can provide their services to restaurant operators or consumers directly. Leaving your logistics requirements in the trusty hands of Frost Dubai Refrigerated Trucks can allow you to focus on your business’s core competencies, instead of worrying about the safe transportation of your perishable goods through refrigerated trucks.
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August 12, 2017 by Farooq
The integration of refrigeration and transportation has reaped economical and financial benefits that were previously untapped. A mobile refrigerator on wheels means transporters of food items and other such perishable goods, including pharmaceuticals and even horticultural products, do not have to worry about the limited shelf life of their products during transportation; they can now prevent spoilage of the goods through a constantly controlled temperature system set up within a truck. Ever wondered how this cooling system actually works though?
The mobile refrigeration system creates a cold temperature by removing heat from the inside of the truck, expelling it outside. In order to remove heat energy, the compartment itself must have a self-contained atmosphere. A self-contained compartment means no heat enters it from the external atmosphere. High-density polymer foams are used for insulation of the compartment, coupled with a seal around the door. This makes the compartment heat-tight. After the compartment is self-contained, the next step is to remove as much heat from the inside as possible. This calls for the actual refrigeration part of the system and it has a relatively simple mechanism of action.
3 components are involved in the refrigeration system, namely: condenser, compressor, and an evaporator. The condenser consists of a long, convoluted metal pipe. A coolant fluid is run through the convoluted pipe in order to absorb heat. Coolants, by definition, are solutions that are very good at absorbing heat. Coolants used in refrigeration are synthesized in a lab to be exceptionally efficient at absorbing heat. Metals are a good conductor of heat and the convoluted metal pipe can, therefore, efficiently conduct the heat from the compartment to the coolant fluid, which absorbs it and turns into a gas.
After the fluid converts into a gaseous state, it is carried to the condenser. The aptly named condenser then condenses the gaseous coolant. The gaseous coolant is compressed, placing it under high pressure. Due to the compression of the gas in high temperature, the sparsely spaced gas molecules of the coolant are brought closer together, resulting in condensation.
Once the coolant is compressed into a pressure similar to that of an average aerosol spray, the condensed coolant is then introduced into the evaporator. The mechanism of the evaporator allows air from the external atmosphere to be run through the high-pressured condensed coolant, cooling it back into a gaseous state and expelling the heat outside. The gas is then reintroduced into the condenser for the cycle to run again. As this mechanism occurs over and over again, it expels more heat energy from the inside of the van to the outside with every cycle, making the interior van compartment temperature lower and lower.
This is the fundamental principle through which the van’s refrigeration Trucks system operates, without going into details. However, there are other intricate mechanisms that are involved like the very important temperature regulation system. The basic mechanical model should be clear to those wondering the principle behind mobile refrigeration. Frost Dubai Refrigerated Trucks offers a fleet of high-tech rental trucks you could use to transport perishable items at an affordable price.
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August 12, 2017 by Farooq
Refrigerated or Frozen transportation is solely responsible for numerous undermined benefits we experience today in our everyday life. Try imagining the time when you couldn’t go 50 miles without spoiling the food you are carrying. Try to imagine going back to the days when you could only eat fruits that are in season. Refrigerated logistics has allowed us to transport food over long distances without being spoiled at all. However, food transportation raises another important issue which is sterility. You can’t have your food contaminated with bacteria and fungi that have hitch hiked the freight as well, because the food is meant for human consumption.
Humid and warm conditions are ideal for the proliferation of bacteria. Wooden pallets and cardboard packaging are capable of soaking up moisture and harboring bacteria. There are certain practices you could exercise to deal with these unacceptable microbes. Refrigerated trucks come in contact with pallets, crates, packages during loading and unloading. The key is the good old practice of cleaning the van, but how you do it is going to decide the fate of your truck’s sanitation. The cleaning must be quick, easy, frequent and thorough, in order to be implemented before or after each freight, without skipping. Here’s how you can do it.
First, thoroughly rinse all the surfaces that the carried goods have come into contact with. Start from the front and work to the rear end door. If the goods like fish and meat were stacked, start from the highest point on the wall that it could have touched and work towards the floor. Any leaks and wet zones are to be rinsed off the surface.
After rinsing off any visible soiling, squeegee any pooled water that is accumulated in any depressions on the van floor. Then, spray the entire interior compartment of the truck with a sanitizing solution, and make sure you cover the entire compartment’s interior surface. Any loading equipment used in the truck must be sprayed too, including the pallet truck, and especially its wheels. At the end, spray the rubber seal of the rear end door and the head of the squeegee that’s used as well. Then shut the truck doors closed, and put a colored tag on it. The colored tag would indicate that the truck has been rinsed and sanitized. Therefore, before carrying any unpacked raw food such as meat and poultry, the sanitizer will have to be rinsed out before loading.
Rinsing the whole truck inside and out is a good practice that doesn’t let bacteria form its colonies in any stagnant moist zones. Use a heavy-duty cleaner to rinse ceilings, walls, floors, even the catch tray and drain trap in the refrigeration unit, so that no bio-films form in these overlooked places. Make sure that the sanitizing chemicals you use do not deteriorate the rubber door seal because it is responsible for sealing the refrigerated internal atmosphere. Also make sure your sanitizer of choice functions just as well in low refrigeration temperatures without losing its efficacy. To ensure your goods are transported in a thoroughly cleaned environment, Frost Dubai Refrigerated Trucks is a safe choice that offers, well maintained rental freezer trucks at affordable rates, so you don’t have to worry about the contamination of your packed, unpacked, or partially packed goods.
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August 8, 2017 by Farooq
The maintenance of food quality during its transportation makes a world of a difference for the suppliers and clients alike. Restaurants, food factories and local markets depend on the day to day supply of fresh food. Thanks to refrigerated cargo, fresh food can be transported over long distances, without risking the spoilage of food and ruining the order. No supplier would want to bleed out profits in vain like this. Commercial refrigerated haulers maintain the right storage temperature of the cargo that it carries, no matter how long the journey is. This sophisticated engineered electrical system provides freezer trucks of today, the ability to carry foods that are vulnerable to spoilage over long distances. It is important to remember that no matter how well your refrigerated transportation system works, food safety and food quality isn’t only dependent on the truck’s ability to maintain a particular temperature. There are other factors concerning handling that influence it. Here are four ways you can ensure that your cargo is loaded properly and will be completely safe during transit.