Food will always be in demand. What the trucking industry saw was that the demand for food transportation drastically increased during the pandemic. Consumers and grocery stores want fast and reliable transportation of their products as the supply chain demands increase as well. This period of time led to innovative ways to be sure that the demand for groceries was met. Some of these ways included online ordering, curbside delivery, and delivery. With that being said, trucking companies had to deliver and deliver in an adequate time. 

As a truck driver, there’s no denying that most hours of your day are either spent logging miles on the road or sleeping. This niche occupation doesn’t give way to much time spent with loved ones. It is no doubt that truck drivers must work hard to maintain a positive work-life balance and the relationships that they have with their loved ones. With the time truckers do have at home, let's look at some ways to intentionally manage the relationships you have with your family. 

Gas price increase – Could this be detrimental to the trucking industry?

Diesel prices have increased over 70% in the last year. With prices nearing $6.00 a gallon, truckers are spending over $1,500 every day to fill up their truck. In the automotive industry, buyers have the option of gasoline cars or electric cars. In the trucking industry, the only option is diesel. There aren't many alternatives for this, diesel is the main fuel for trucks. 

It is known that refrigerated trucking has proven to be beneficial for the transportation of temperature sensitive products, but what about the storage of these items in warehouses before being loaded onto its next leg of transportation?

Cross-docking is one way to add efficiency to the supply chain as well as cut costs in the shipping process. In essence, cross-docking takes the storage step out of the supply chain. Products that are incoming via truck transportation are unloaded and then placed immediately back on the next vehicle for transportation. Cross-docking is desirable for both the buyer and consumer. Let’s look at a couple of the advantages cross-docking brings to the trucking industry.  

Refrigerated trucking provides another dimension of services for trucking companies, as a wide variety of products can be transported with refrigeration. Specifically, products that must be temperature regulated. Refrigerated trucking services can then be expanded to restaurants, healthcare, educational institutions, grocery stores, and convention centers. 

There are many moving parts with the logistics of shipping fresh produce. Of course, temperature control is a key element in maintaining the freshness of the produce. That is not the only factor, however.

Consider what would happen if a receiver of a shipment is delayed a day. Even if the produce is maintained at an ideal temperature, that is still a day of freshness being lost, not to mention a day of productivity as well. The key to effectively transport fresh produce is ensuring a coordinated shipping network that observes the best practices with storing and temperature control. Here are some factors to consider in order to most effectively ship fresh produce.

The term cold chain logistics refers to the temperature controlled supply chain that is essential for the shipping of certain products. Of course, it’s easy to identify products that obviously rely on temperature controlled shipping to illustrate the importance of cold chain logistics. Ice cream, for example, would arrive at supermarkets spoiled and soupy if it were shipped in a standard truck.

Cold chain logistics, however, is far more integral to our society than just preserving ice cream and TV dinners. Many pharmaceutical companies rely on the cold chain to preserve their products. In fact, without the cold chain, we would struggle to ensure that appropriate medical treatments are available throughout the country. If the product, even briefly, is warmed to a temperature outside of the acceptable range, it will likely be compromised and considered unusable. 

Long haul truckers spend countless hours on the road. With all those hours of driving, time can grow fairly dull. Virtually every trucker occupies this time listening to music. Unfortunately, with all that time, they find that they grow tired of even their most favorite music. For this reason, many truckers turn to public radio stations to vary the content they are listening to.

It is not uncommon for floral companies to rely on their vehicles' air conditioning to keep their deliveries from wilting. While this may suffice with short, singular deliveries, as your business grows, this method of delivery becomes untenable. A refrigerated delivery vehicle is the only option to ensure quality deliveries time and time again.

Refrigeration technology has existed since the 1700s, when Scottish professor William Cullen ran an experiment involving a small vacuum and boiled diethyl ether, a chemical that when boiled, pulled heat from the container beneath it. It wasn’t until the early 20th century, however, that refrigeration technology became safe and efficient enough to be utilized as a commercial product. 

As we celebrate Black History Month we want to thank you for supporting black-owned businesses like Al-Amin Brothers Transportation.

As individuals and a company, we would not be here if it were not for the paths paved and obstacles overcome by those before us.

Like that of Frederick McKinley Jones (1893-1961), whose innovations allow us to run our business today. Jones was an inventor best known for the development of refrigeration equipment used to transport food and blood during World War II. As a result, many lives were saved, and a modified form of the device is still used today.

Between 1919 and 1945 Jones patented more than sixty inventions in divergent fields with forty of those patents in refrigeration. 

Transporting and delivering goods is incredibly important to businesses today, but transporting and delivering perishable goods takes extra precautions, standards, and care. Businesses can transport non-perishable goods in practically any vehicle, but perishables require specific refrigerated delivery vehicles to ensure they arrive at their destination intact and safe for the consumer.

Below are five companies that benefit from refrigerated delivery vehicles:

If you have a weekly meal kit subscription or one that delivers meat to your home, a refrigerated delivery vehicle is most likely used to keep your meals cool and safe on the way to your home. How exactly do these refrigerated delivery vehicles meet food safety standards?

When you have temperature-sensitive items or products to move or store, it’s crucial that they are safe and protected. While often seen as an additional charge, it is a charge that will return its investment. If you run a business with perishable good or temperature-sensitive products, you want your cargo to stay in good shape. You protect what you value. 

Do you ever consider just how vital the trucking service industry is? Around 70% of the total freight tonnage in the U.S. is moved by trucks. Of those deliveries, it’s a high chance that some destinations will not have the necessary equipment to facilitate safe and secure offloading. 

Great progress has been made when dealing with the transportation of perishable food products. While trailer floors were once built to endure the blood from fresh meat, they are now built to handle packaged and sealed food, because they can hold the temperature better. 

Food safety continues to be a top concern for grocery wholesalers and foodservice distributors. Multi-temperature systems allow companies to divide the trailer into several compartments. This entails a refrigerator/freezer combination with a compartment for perishable products, and another for frozen. All compartments carry a precisely controlled temperature that makes this all possible. 

Refrigerated transportation is a method of shipping freight that requires customized, temperature-controlled vehicles. Each vehicle transporting the different products has a built-in refrigeration system that keeps products at their desired temperature throughout the process of transporting the product.

Refrigerated transportation has come a long way, from utilizing snow and salt below temperature-sensitive product in train cars, to our twenty-first century technology that continues to be developed. This is an industry that is changing the game of transportation as it continues to advance.