While fuel dependent vehicles may be easily available, it is not a sustainable long term solution for the cold chain industry.
Before we get into the details, let’s address the first and most obvious reason for this observation. Fuel is not only expensive, but also results in high emissions of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Fuel is needed not only to run the vehicle, but also to operate the refrigerators which keep the consignments cool. These refrigerators take up quite a lot of fuel usage which eventually leads to higher emissions of GHGs into the atmosphere.
While global warming is a concern, another reason why engine dependent vehicles are not the most safe is because if the consignments are dependent on the refrigerators, which are in return dependent on fuel to run, the engine must not be turned off! Once the engine is turned off, the refrigerator will stop cooling which will result in damage of consignment.
When this happens, especially with relation to FMCG products, it can result in food wastage. Food wastage is one of the highest causes of global warming as it emits a high volume of greenhouse gasses. Frozen Food being a perishable item, needs to be stored in the right conditions and need to be transported within a fixed timeline. But with transportation, comes the risk of unforeseen hindrances such as traffic conditions, engine failure and weather conditions which may affect the engine and cause the consignment to get damaged.
So, what is the alternative?
Using an engine independent vehicle, of course! At Tessol, our founder and CEO Rajat Gupta understands the need for a more sustainable approach towards cold chain transportation. Tessol uses solutions which ensure no harm to the environment while also maintaining quality of the consignments being shipped. Having worked with numerous successful brands, we understand that fuel can play a huge role in high costs. For this reason, we use PCM technology, which is engine and fuel independent. Our PCMs are charged at our warehouse, either in our cold rooms, or placed inside the compartments of our trucks, which are in turn charged by compressors, through a technology called PLUG N CHILL.
Tessol’s PCMs can be charged and conditioned as per the consignment requirement. For ice creams and frozen food, our temperatures can be chilled and frozen. We have temperatures of 2C to 8C and -20C to +15C. For fruit and vegetables, our transportation trucks are divided into chilled, frozen and ambient sections. For ambient, the temperature is maintained at 2C to 8C for fresh fruit and vegetables. Our Solutions maintain temperatures for up to 10 to 12 hours with multiple drops.
For last mile delivery, our boxes and bags are lined with PCM cartridges which are charged prior to the loading of the consignment. These bags ensure cooling for 8-10 hours with multiple drops.
When it comes to Pharmaceuticals, especially considering the high demand with the given situation, we at Tessol ensure cost effective and sustainable distribution across the country with no hindrances! Our PCMs can be charged at temperatures of -25C and below for biologics and vaccines which need to have lower temperatures to maintain their efficiency.