How The Cold Storage Container Industry is Adapting to Rising Demand

How The Cold Storage Container Industry is Adapting to Rising Demand

A few years ago, the cold storage industry was experiencing steady changes and relatively consistent demand. Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic completely shifted the industry, rapidly increasing demand and accelerating new business models.

Initially, newly developing production and distribution systems caused absolute panic and a variety of concerns among established players in the cold storage industry. Emerging supply chain models triggered the demand for new cold storage models, adding complexity and rapid growth to the existing system.

These changes were a direct result of the pandemic changing individual behavior. For example, more people began hoarding and stocking frozen food items. As a result, businesses strategized to react to these adjustments. Investors turned their attention to cold chain outsourcing, refrigerated transportation, and warehousing.

Finding the right cold storage warehousing option can be a hefty expense for many businesses. Portables360 offers affordable cold storage options that accommodate businesses navigating the booming cold storage and refrigerated container industry.

Benefits of Cold Storage Containers

Many businesses are turning to cold storage containers because they do not require the massive capital outlay, electrical or building permits, or the time necessary to build additional on-site storage. Refrigerated containers offer the necessary hardware for a variety of industries, especially those with perishable items.

Refrigerated containers from Portables360 are safe, clean, and portable, saving you both time and money. Our cold storage containers provide maximum thermal efficiency with minimal air leakage.

In addition to affordability and versatility, other drivers shaping the industry mentality include the 4 C’s: convenience, capacity, consistency, and control.

Convenience

Convenience is a common trend in our society. People want things fast and easy, as individuals are constantly on the go. As noted by the New York Times, consumers’ mentality shifted with the pandemic. More individuals desired to shop less and have quick-to-make frozen meals at their disposal. Thus, they began to stock up their freezers with more frozen meals, increasing the desirability for quality cold storage options.

The same demand translates to industry and commerce. Refrigerated cold storage containers are the convenient solution for commercial needs – from perishables to pharmaceutical items. Portables360 can customize and readily deliver the necessary on-site refrigerated containers for your specific needs.

Capacity

As previously mentioned, consumer demand is shifting towards larger freezers to hold more frozen meals and other items. Larger freezer spaces are necessary for manufacturers ramping up the production of items that are heightening in demand. Increased cold storage demand puts extraordinary strains on an already over-capacity cold storage/warehousing industry.

Refrigerated containers optimize the cold storage size and capacity, enabling the container to be used in a variety of ways. Refrigerated containers from Portables360 come in a variety of sizes, perfect for a range of capacity needs.

Consistency and Control

Refrigerated storage containers offer consistent and regulated temperature controls. For example, temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals at hospitals or natural disaster sites can be secured in mobile cold storage units. Portables360 also can customize your reefer container to manage two different temperature settings.

Portables360 has additional methods to keep your product cool, such as installing temperature control curtains on the entrance of your container. This way, even when you open the container and move things in and out, the cool air remains inside the container.

Altogether, the use of refrigerated cold storage containers is dramatically accelerating through new business production and distribution systems. These containers have a range of benefits for businesses – from convenience and capacity to control and versatility.

If you are looking for an affordable, versatile, and customizable cold storage container, contact the experts at Portables360 today!

 

Refrigerated Storage for Quest Diagnostics COVID-19 Testing and Medical Supplies

Refrigerated Storage for Quest Diagnostics COVID-19 Testing and Medical Supplies

Portables360 is a supporting supplier in helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our clients, Quest Diagnostics, is a leader in medical diagnostics and testing and among the nations’ largest COVID testing laboratories.

We offered these key healthcare providers turn-key cold storage spaces to maintain their temperature-sensitive products. As this mission-critical client can confirm, we responded quickly and efficiently from initial contact to delivery and installation.

Portables360 offers the ideal solution for consistent and dependable on-site cold storage. Our equipment features safe, secure, and temperature-controlled spaces.

These units meet all the requirements of temperature control of -30˚F for storing their testing supplies.

After receiving our equipment, Quest Diagnostics performed a comprehensive 48-hour “temperature mapping” test and confirmed these units deliver temperature consistency and accurately. The containers’ temperature remained stable throughout the test. The testing validated our equipment’s capabilities and reassured our customer’s lab technicians and scientists.

Following a surge in the demand for COVID-19 testing, Portables360 delivered a second unit within 48 hours of Quest Diagnostics’ request. Additionally, we were appointed to deliver equipment to their other sites nationwide, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts, Kansas, Indiana, and Texas.

Portables360 supported Quest Diagnostics throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with the emergency installation and operation of four -20˚C freezer trailers to provide required expansion of specimen storage space within one week of demand. [Portables360’s] technical oversight of transport, delivery, installation and power connections enabled a smooth setup and storage transition at four different lab locations. These external units were maintained and serviced to sustain continuous operations without interruption.”

– Corporate Real Estate and Facilities at Quest Diagnostics

Our quick response and delivery time met Quest Diagnostics’ time-sensitive requests. We provided efficient and secure cold storage solutions at a fraction of the cost and time that it would take to construct fixed structures.

Benefits of COVID-19 Supplies Storage Containers

In addition to the need for a controlled temperature setting, the containers have vapor tight LED lighting. Our vapor tight lighting exceeds the necessary 500-700 lumens expected in science laboratories.

Quest Diagnostics installed a fully insulated and secure man door to provide their technicians with easy access. This installation retains temperature and security features.

Given the sensitive cargo Quest Diagnostics stores, they opted for Portables360 remote monitoring. The monitoring offers them real-time temperature and mechanical reporting directly to their phone via SMS and email.

Our high-quality portable containers offer a cost-effective and timely storage for healthcare companies to meet their temperature, lighting, security, and monitoring requirements.

If you’re looking for an effective storage solution to keep medical supplies, PPE, and/or lab samples safe, contact us today.

Cold Storage Solutions for Keeping Pet Food Fresh

Cold Storage Solutions for Keeping Pet Food Fresh

Pet owners prefer high-quality food and treats that benefit their pet’s health and wellness. It’s no surprise that there has been a steadily rising demand for fresh pet foods in the past few years.

When pet food manufacturers supply pet food products with fresh ingredients and fewer additives, they often need to be kept refrigerated to keep fresh. Refrigeration is needed not only to maintain the freshness of perishable products, but also to eradicate mildew, mold, bacteria, or parasites that grow on food.

This was the case for one of the nation’s leading distributors of wholesale pet products, who needed an effective and reliable solution to keep their pet food fresh. Working with Portables 360, the distributors were provided with state-of-the-art temperature-controlled containers that fit their budget and needs.

The Problem with Using Trailers for Refrigerating Fresh Pet Food

Previously, the pet food distributor’s locations in New Jersey and New York were renting 53’ refrigerated trailers. They were experiencing the following problems with the trailers:

  • The trailers were taking up space on the loading dock, causing operational hurdles when loading/unloading
  • Trailers do not have the same insulation as a container – making them highly inefficient for long term cold storage
  • They were using diesel, which results in costly delivery, concerns about emissions, and a loud generator
  • The refrigeration machine in trailers have a smaller compressor, rendering it less powerful than a container

Overall, this costly rental situation was not ideal for consistently keeping large amounts of pet food stock at the proper temperature.

The Solution: Refrigerated Storage Containers

Portables 360 offers practical cold storage solutions with no permitting necessary. Our cold storage containers were delivered to the distributor’s sites and were the perfect solution for the following reasons:

Does Not Interfere with Loading/Unloading Space
Containers can operate inside the building and are fully electric – freeing up the dock space for ongoing and additional distribution.

Efficient Cold Air Delivery
Container refrigeration is far more efficient than cold air delivery because the air is supplied through the “T-Floor” (see photo). The trailer delivers cold air through ductwork on the ceiling and forces air downward. The supply/cold air circulates more effectively, thereby operating more efficiently.

t-floor refrigeration

Cold Air Insulation
Trailers do not have the same thick insulations as containers. Containers have about 3” insulation on the sides, floor, and ceiling. This allows the unit to hold temperature longer with less use of the compressor.

Storage units are far more powerful than trailers – they can drop and hold temperature at -30°. If a trailer is insulated poorly, the cooling unit’s run time can skyrocket. Trailers lose up to 25% of insulating capability within the first year from outgassing effects alone, reducing the ability to maintain thermal integrity and also resulting in higher refrigeration fuel costs.

Reduced Noise
Portables 360 units have a decibel rating that’s much lower than a diesel-operated trailer. Sound (on the outside of the unit) typically is generated by a condenser fan and compressor. Most of our units are equipped with scroll-type compressors, which are not only energy-efficient but a bit quieter than the traditional reciprocating compressor. Additionally, since our fleet is the youngest in the industry, our condenser fans operate much quieter.

Real-Time Monitoring
The distributors opted for real-time monitoring – remote monitoring and control of our refrigeration equipment supplied. The simple text and email alerts offer reassurance that they will be alerted within minutes if something isn’t right (temperature rise or fall, mechanical alarm, power turned off, etc). This gives them some comfort that any issue can be remedied before the product is impacted.

Portables 360 cold storage containers offer a quiet and cost-effective alternative to diesel units. Fresh pet food and other perishables can be safely stored in our reliable and convenient storage containers.

If your business needs on-site cold storage for food or other supplies, contact Portables 360 to learn more about our refrigerated and cold storage solutions.

Temperature Sensitive Chemical Storage

Temperature Sensitive Chemical Storage

Proper chemical storage is vital.  Chemicals are used in different applications each day. Things you may not even think of as a chemical, such as cans of paint, must be stored properly.  Storing chemicals properly prevents accidents.  In addition, the product will be safe. If a chemical is a stable compound, the plastic bottle that it is in must be kept in a temperature-controlled setting.  In this way, the bottle does not deteriorate and crack.  Correct chemical storage also prevents spills.

Improper storage of chemicals leads to dangerous situations. When stored improperly, chemicals become unstable and lead to explosions.  Noxious fumes leak.  There are many serious issues for people as well as the environment. The only solution is to have proper temperature-controlled chemical storage in place.

The Solution For Chemical Storage

Portables 360 has the solution for your chemical storage needs.  We provide converted shipping containers. We convert a shipping container into the perfect temperature-controlled storage for your chemicals.  Many benefits exist when using a converted shipping container for your cold storage.

  • Our cold storage units maintain a temperature of -30F to +70F. These units are very popular with the food industry.  They meet all the temperature control requirements to store food safely.
  • A single walk-in door is located at the end of the trailer. This keeps the temperature steady.
  • The flooring in the container is aluminum T-flooring.  This allows for efficient air delivery and easy to clean.  Additionally, the metal helps keep the interior cold.
  • Have the container designed to sit flat on the ground or at dock level.
  • Containers are equipped with a 50′ power cord.  They require three phase 208v or 440v to power up.
  • If you move your business, you can take the storage container with you. Storage containers are easily transported using a semi-truck.
    Portables 360 will deliver your container once it has been prepared and customized to your needs.

Do you need to safely store chemicals for a short time? In addition to selling customized shipping containers, Portables 360 offers short and long-term rental options on refrigerated containers.

Finding the right storage solutions for your chemicals is necessary for safety and protecting the products from loss. Portables 360 can customize your shipping container to accommodate any cold storage needs.

 

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Finding a portable cold storage solution for your business doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Consider the following 3 easy steps to make your decision to make the process simple and straightforward.

  1. What does your business requirements for cold storage?
  2. Understand all your options.
  3. Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

What does your business require in a portable cold storage solution?

Cold Storage or Standard Storage Solution

First, it’s essential to comprehend what a portable cold storage container or standard storage container implies. Like a prefab office building, these containers provide easy, affordable, and mobile business or home storage solutions. Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, supply customers with alternative and cost-conscious options for consistent temperature-controlled spaces. If your business doesn’t require cold storage, for instance, there are standard containers available. Do your needs specify custom options like lighting, shelving, a rollup door, or electrical outlets?

Size Requirements

Size is another consideration for your business needs. How big do you require your container to be?  What’s the size of space allotted for your container? Portables 360 has 20′, 40′, and custom containers to literally fit your business needs.

Location

Figuring out your storage container’s location is vital.  It assists with size requirements.  More importantly, it helps you decide if your business requires a more customized container option. On-site designers and fabricators possess the ability to customize your reefer trailer or standard container professionally.

Consider Your Business’s Future Locations

Many business owners use cold storage solutions to ease transport.  Therefore, relocating your storage container is a snap. Let Portables 360 know if you plan to relocate in the future.  We will come up with the best cold storage solution for your needs.

Understand all your options.

Do you want to buy or rent?  Is it best for your business to purchase new or used? Materials are another consideration. Does your business require a single large container with multiple units inside?  This is similar to  a prefab office building. You do not need to be a business owner to enjoy a portable storage container. Homeowners find they double as a great garage, tool shed, or hobby area!  Versatility is key here!

Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

Speak with one of our Customer Care specialists to find out your options.  Create your shipping container solution today.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable team is committed to providing you fast service. We are located in Weston, Connecticut.  Our service area is Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York.

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

Dry Ice & Cold Storage

There are many occasions where the use of dry ice and cold storage are beneficial. Businesses need to store food products in controlled temperatures, storage of medications and temperature-controlled storage of certain types of beverages are a few of the uses for a cold storage system. 

Portable containers are an affordable solution for cold storage. There are many dry ice benefits such as keeping temperatures below freezing or filling empty space in a cold storage container. Additional dry ice benefits include having the ice available when you need to ship small packages that require the temperature to remain steady for your customers. Air conditioning can also be installed into these units.  This is perfect if you need a steady temperature that is not below the freezing mark. 

A cold storage container can be placed anywhere on a property as long as the ground is level.  They are easy to move when necessary. Portable shipping containers can also be used to transport cold goods and dry ice to areas in need.  Disaster zones or areas suffering from extreme temperatures benefit immensely. 

Why Do Shipping Containers Make Good Cold Storage Units? 

One of the main reasons that shipping containers make such good cold storage units is because of how well they seal. The containers were originally designed to move merchandise across the globe on a ship. Ships are exposed to wind, water, and all kinds of weather conditions.  Because of this, containers have been constructed to seal tightly.  This ensures water and air cannot enter the container and cause merchandise harm. 

Once converted into a cold storage unit, containers retain the ability to stay sealed.  This ensures the temperature stays consistent within the unit. Dry ice and regular frozen or refrigerated goods can maintain an even temperature easily when they are placed in a refrigerated shipping container. 

Portables 360 will help you select the right shipping container to convert into a cold storage unit. We offer a variety of sizes.  Additionally, we will make any alterations to the container you feel necessary.  Your business will benefit from your cold storage unit.