Top 3 Reasons Food Shippers Need Trailer Temperature Tracking in TMS

There is only one enterprise-level transportation management system (TMS) platform that offers trailer temperature tracking in real time.  We’ll let you guess who it is!  More importantly, we’re going to share three reasons why food shippers and other organizations with perishable or temperature-sensitive products should be clamoring for this innovative functionality (if they haven’t already been wishing this feature was available to them). 

Reason 1 | Food Safety Modernization Act
Enacted last year to combat food borne contamination and illness in the food supply chain, the FSMA was created to address the 48 million cases of illness which occur in the US every year.  Of those falling ill due to food borne contamination, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die according to US FDA figures.  The impact on food shippers – producers, processors and retailers – is exceedingly costly.  Ask Chipotle how much pain this issue can inflict on a business.

The FSMA mandates a multi-pronged approach to improving food safety across the entire supply chain.  One of the more significant prongs involves improving monitoring controls, record keeping and verification.  Understanding this challenge thanks to its history of serving some of America’s largest food shippers, one TMS company developed the capability to log trailer temperature readings alongside other critical transportation and logistics data in real time.  Anticipating the need, this provider has embedded temperature tracking functionality into its platform.

Food shippers already utilizing this feature set are able to identify shipments that have, for whatever reason, experienced temperatures outside of sanitary tolerances.  These loads can then be disposed of before they reach the public, thereby preempting illnesses.  Moreover, when illness is traced back to a shipper’s product, the shipper retains detailed records of the temperature levels for each truckload over the duration of the shipment.  This way, the logistics portion of product movement through the supply chain can be ruled out in any investigation of contamination.

Reason 2 | Minimizes In-Transit Spoilage and Wasted Product
Lack of in-transit, temperature tracking capabilities coupled with the increased scrutiny of the FSMA means increased potential for product loss.  High value loads lost can make a fairly significant dent in bottom line costs for protein shippers.  Engaging a TMS solution that supports in-transit trailer temperature tracking virtually ensures a shipper will minimize if not eliminate product waste due to temperature inconsistencies.  In addition, restaurant chains whose supply chain logistics include this important functionality can expect to avoid the seriously negative consequences of high-profile food-borne contamination and the negative profitability ramifications that follow outbreaks.

Reason 3 | Capacity Issues Requiring More Time on Yard
It may seem tangential, but with truckload capacity severely constrained in the current North American OTR market, refer trailers are spending more time on the yard, waiting for pickup and delivery.  Emerging functionality in this one innovative provider’s temp tracking feature set will allow not only monitoring of trailer temps on the yard, but even the capability to pre-cool or pre-heat a trailer via remote so that it is ready for loading as soon as the dock is available.  This helps to reduce dwell times and makes truck utilization more efficient in a tight capacity environment.

The one and only TMS provider currently offering most of the functionality described above is a darling among high volume food shippers for this (among many other) reasons.  Can you guess who it is?