Cold Storage Still in High Demand

Despite some markets cooling down, demand for cold storage continues to surge 🚀

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Turnkey cold storage

The surge in cold storage demand can be attributed to many factors, and it’s essential to consider various industries and contexts. Here are some main reasons for the increased demand for cold storage:

  • E-commerce and Online Grocery
  • Globalization of the Food Supply Chain
  • Pharmaceutical Storage
  • Consumer Preferences
  • Regulations and Quality Standards
  • Technological Advancements
  • Climate Change and Environmental Concerns
  • Pandemic Impact
  • Increased Demand for Specialty and Gourmet Products
  • Urbanization

 

According to Precedence Research, The North America cold storage market size was valued at USD 53,129.6 million in 2023 and is expected to hit USD 134,203.6 million by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 10.48% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2032.  The U.S cold storage market size accounted for USD 43.67 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach around USD 107.58 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 11.50% from 2023 to 2032.  These are extraordinary growth projections when compared to other storage sectors with significantly lower CAGR forecasts.

Feel free to reach out to Portables360 to learn more about the market and/or discuss your ongoing cold storage needs.

Inspecting, Testing, and Prepping Refrigerated Containers: The Cold Chain and Quality Control

Inspecting, Testing, and Prepping Refrigerated Containers: The Cold Chain and Quality Control

Cold storage container

The storage of perishable goods has become increasingly reliant on refrigerated containers, commonly known as REEFERS.  These specialized containers play a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity of the cold chain, ensuring that temperature-sensitive products reach their destination in optimal condition. However, the success of this intricate process hinges on meticulous inspection, rigorous testing, and thorough preparation prior to delivery to customers.

  1. Preserving Product Quality – Maintaining the quality of perishable goods is paramount in industries such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and food distribution. Any deviation from the recommended temperature range during transit can result in spoilage, compromising the efficacy and safety of the products. Regular inspection and testing of refrigerated containers help identify and rectify potential issues before they escalate, ensuring that the cold chain remains unbroken;
  2. Mitigating Risks of Temperature Fluctuations – Refrigerated containers are equipped with sophisticated temperature control systems, but malfunctions can occur. Conducting thorough tests on these systems before shipment is crucial to verify their functionality. This proactive approach helps prevent temperature fluctuations that could lead to product degradation and financial losses for users. Regular maintenance and testing protocols should be established to address any anomalies promptly;
  3. Compliance with Regulatory Standards – Failure to adhere to compliance guidelines not only jeopardizes the integrity of the cold chain but also exposes businesses to legal consequences and reputational damage
  4. Enhancing Energy Efficiency – Efficient energy utilization is a key factor in the successful operation of refrigerated containers. Regular inspections can identify and address issues such as insulation degradation, door seal leaks, or faulty components that contribute to increased energy consumption. By optimizing energy efficiency, companies not only reduce operational costs but also minimize their environmental impact.
  5. Building Customer Trust – Customer trust is paramount.  We demonstrate our commitment to quality through rigorous inspection, testing, and preparation of refrigerated containers, customers have the confidence in our equipment.  Reliability in maintaining the cold chain is undoubtedly a competitive advantage and contributes to long-term customer relationships.

Portables360 invests in robust pre-shipment protocols for refrigerated containers.  This is not only best practice operationally, but a strategic imperative for success in the perishable goods industry.

🎉 Exciting News! Please Join Us in Welcoming Tim Bugal to the Portables360 Team! 🚀

We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the Portables360 family, Tim Bugal! 🌟

After an outstanding career spanning two decades at Seabox, Tim Bugal has joined Portables360 as SVP Sales & Business Development. With an unparalleled >20 years of experience and originating countless opportunities in various senior managerial positions, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team!

“I am thrilled Tim Bugal is joining our team after an incredible journey in our sector.  He brings a unique blend of skills and passion that align with our company values and will undoubtedly contribute to our continued success and growth,” says Marc Barenberg, Managing Member.

#WelcomeToTheTeam #NewHire #portables360 #coldstorage

Cultivators Freeze the Cannabis Flower

Freezing cannabis flower offers several potential benefits, depending on the specific goals and preferences of the user. Here are some of the advantages associated with freezing cannabis:

  1. Preservation of Freshness: Freezing cannabis can help preserve the freshness of the flower by slowing down the degradation of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. This can be particularly useful for long-term storage, preventing the gradual loss of potency and flavor that can occur over time.freezing marijuana
  2. Extended Shelf Life: By freezing marijuana, you extend its shelf life compared to storing it at room temperature. This can be beneficial for individuals who want to stock up on their favorite strains or growers who want to preserve their harvest for an extended period.
  3. Trichome Preservation: Trichomes are the tiny, resinous glands on cannabis flowers that contain cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Freezing helps prevent the loss of these valuable compounds, maintaining the potency of the marijuana.
  4. Preventing Mold and Pest Growth: Freezing cannabis can inhibit the growth of mold and deter pests. Mold and pests are common concerns in cannabis storage, and low temperatures minimize these risks.
  5. Ideal for Processing: Some individuals freeze cannabis before using it to make concentrates or extracts. The low temperatures make it easier to handle the plant material during extraction processes.
  6. Terpene Preservation: Terpenes are the aromatic compounds responsible for the distinctive smells and flavors of different cannabis strains. Freezing helps preserve these volatile compounds, ensuring that the marijuana retains its unique aroma and flavor when eventually consumed.

While freezing can offer these benefits, it’s essential to note that improper storage, such as exposure to moisture or fluctuations in temperature, can lead to issues like freezer burn or the degradation of cannabinoids and terpenes. Additionally, freezing may not be suitable for all forms of cannabis products, such as pre-rolls or edibles, which may be adversely affected by moisture.

It’s always advisable to research and follow best practices for storing cannabis based on the specific form and intended use of the product.  Portables360 freezer units can drop temperatures. while maintaining low humidity levels.  Reach out to us for more information.

#MarijuanaCultivation #CannabisProduction

Refrigerated Containers – Delivery is Key!

In the fast-paced world of business, where products and services are just a click away, what sets apart the good from the exceptional? One word: Delivery. No, we’re not talking about logistics (although that’s crucial too), but the excellent customer service that relies on the highest delivery standards for our refrigerated containers.

Refrigerated Containers tight delivery

First Impressions Matter: In the realm of customer service, the first impression is often the last impression. How you deliver a service or product can leave a lasting impact on your customer. It’s not just about meeting expectations; it’s about exceeding them. A smooth, efficient, and friendly delivery can turn a one-time buyer into a loyal customer.

Communication is Key: Ever had an issue with a product or service and the customer support made it right seamlessly? That’s the power of effective communication. Good delivery involves not just the physical handing over of a product but making sure the unit is dropped exactly where the customer requires it. It is also the way you communicate throughout the process. Timely updates, clear instructions, and a proactive approach can turn a potential problem into an opportunity to showcase stellar service.

Building Trust:Trust is the currency of customer loyalty. When customers trust that their purchases will be handled with care and efficiency, they are more likely to come back for more. Good delivery builds this trust by showing customers that their satisfaction is your priority. It’s not just about delivering a product; it’s about delivering on promises and building a relationship.

The art of delivery is the secret sauce that transforms a transaction into an experience. It’s the bridge that connects businesses with their customers on a personal level. So, let’s raise a toast to good delivery—where customer service isn’t just a department, but a philosophy embedded in every step of the journey.

Check out the recent delivery we performed dropping the boxes with only <4″ to navigate!!!

 

 

A Business’s Approach to Pandemic: Storage Containers

A Business’s Approach to Pandemic: Storage Containers

There have been a handful of leaders that saw the pandemic as an opportunity to create businesses to serve the new environment.

One of our customers, Tall Ships Restaurants in East Boston, has done just that.

With a vision, creativity, and containers from Portables 360, Tall Ships was able to transform an average pier space into a wonderful outdoor venue.

Navigating the Pandemic World

Only a few years ago the world was enchanted by various pop-up “experiences”. Pop-up art museums, pop-up light shows, and even pop-up ice cream parlors served as a fun outing.

Since the pandemic, it seems like this pop-up trend is only getting more popular. Pop-up bars and pop-up restaurants have become all the rave — some temporary, some more permanent.

 

 

The owners of Tall Ships decided to hop on this trend too. The group operates several indoor restaurants, but decided to build an outdoor pier to accommodate customers during the pandemic.

The venue offers food trucks, drink and food concessions, a sound stage, and stunning views of the Boston skyline.  The group designed and operates an attractive destination, that otherwise would be a vacant lot.

The Process

With the vessels permanently docked to the pier, the owners designed an extraordinary outdoor social venue using modified steel storage containers.

Applying fresh coats of paint and cutting windows and doors goes a long way for these storage containers!

 

They also inserted cooler equipment to store the food and drinks.

All these renovations have made the pier a great place to sit back and enjoy the arguably the best view of Boston’s skyline!

To support such a tremendous venue, Tall Ships Restaurant has also leased Portables 360 coolers to store food and drink.

 

The pandemic brought challenges for everyone. At Portables 360, we’re proud to provide help and support businesses in their post-pandemic endeavors.

 

Have an idea for how you can revamp a storage container? Contact Portables 360 today!