[Posted 29 Jan 2013 by Dave Atwal ]
Meat, produce, frozen desserts and other foods are routinely transported all over the country and even internationally with the help of refrigerated trucks. Reefer trucks, as they are also known, have trailers which include a powered refrigeration unit to keep everything inside at the desired temperature. They can provide anything from mild cooling for produce to deep freezing for meat or ice cream.
While large companies often have their own fleets of reefer trucks, smaller firms will usually contract with a refrigerated carrier for their shipping needs. Using a carrier service allows companies to avoid the costs associated with maintaining their own refrigerated trucks. It also lets them avoid having to hire drivers, pay for expensive tractor-trailer insurance and buy the trucks themselves.
Hiring a carrier can also be more efficient than running your own fleet. Professional trucking companies know the best routes and times of travel. They also own or have access to a variety of trucks, so your shipment can be matched to the most efficient option.
It is even possible to haul different kinds of perishable items in one truck. This is because the trailer can be compartmentalized, and each component can be set to keep a different temperature. This makes refrigerated trucks surprisingly economical tools for getting all of your perishables where they need to go without spoilage. As long as you have enough items to add up to a truckload, you’re all set.
If you’re wondering what happens when the truck is stopped or even turned off, don’t worry – the refrigeration unit stays on at all times. As long as the trailer doors stay closed, it won’t be a problem if the truck has to wait at a warehouse for a few hours before it is unloaded. Heavy traffic and other delays also won’t affect the temperature inside the refrigerated truck. For this reason alone, reefer units are far better than delivery vans and other vehicles that aren’t specifically made for keeping perishables fresh.
Choosing a trucking company is never something to take lightly. You need to be sure your shipment will arrive at its destination intact and on time. When your items can spoil, it’s even more important to choose your carrier wisely. One spoiled shipment can cost thousands of dollars’ worth of replacement and reshipping fees. Worse yet, it can cost you a customer.
Diamond Transportation Logistics is a carrier with its own fleet of late-model refrigerated trucks. It has been in business for many years and was founded by people who already had decades of refrigerated trucking experience. Therefore, you can be sure that they know the importance of keeping their fleet in top-notch shape so you don’t have to worry about mechanical breakdowns delaying your deliveries. You can rest assured that Diamond will get your perishable goods where you want them to go and get them there when you want them to arrive. You can also relax knowing that they will be at the proper temperature all the way through the trip.