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Overcoming the challenge of the Polar Vortex

If you weren’t previously concerned about the effect temperature can have on your cargo, you likely are now. Across the U.S., the winter of 2014 was the coldest in 20 years and made the weather phenomenon known as the “Polar Vortex” a household word—and created a troubling challenge for shippers of temperature sensitive freight. 

The parade of winter storms paralyzed cities, shut down government, grounded airlines, and found freight transportation often grinding to a halt. According to reports, the winter of 2014 will become the fifth most costly on record in terms of insured losses once all the claims are filed.

For those managers in the business of transporting sensitive freight, the Polar Vor­tex now holds significant meaning to them, and the 2014 winter will go down as one of the most challenging winters on record. With refrigerated equipment at maximum capacity and quotas needing to be fulfilled, leaving your product to sit idle on the warehouse floor was not an option—and neither was shipping your cargo in a dry van and risking catastrophic losses.

In order to overcome the increasing wor­ry, savvy shippers are turning to passive temperature protection to increase the reliability in their surface transportation and even reduce their transportation costs. To find out how tem­perature protection is working in the world of freight transportation download the PDF.