Summer is that time of the year that every person is waiting for. It is when people enjoy most
outdoor activities since the weather is too hot. It is also the year’s season when frozen food
demand is at its highest. Suppose you own a food delivery business; the hot season may take a toll on your business, especially if you are shipping frozen food, causing a huge loss. For tips on shipping frozen foods during summer, continue reading below.
• Ensure proper insulation
As you plan to ship frozen food, the best place to begin is owning shipping kits that are heavily
insulated. Heavily insulated kits are perfect, especially for ice cream shipping. The kits already have preprinted warning wordings on the outside, insulating cushioning properties, and a lid installed on the inside hence proper protection of the ice cream and any other frozen you wish to ship. For lesser delicate frozen foods, consider insulated mailer envelopes. You may also add ice packs inside the envelopes to enhance their food freezing ability; however, the insulated mailer envelopes have been designed to resist puncture and moisture.
• Quick delivery
Quick delivery expenses sometimes may depend on the types of transportation and the fee which will relate to the fuel price, so sometimes you can check the fuel latest price news to consider before shipping; however, to minimize the risk of spoilage and put your customer’s needs first, you may need to invest in faster means of delivering your frozen foods to your clients. Faster delivery of frozen foods in the best condition will increase the success of your business and even earn you more recommendations. If possible, you may consider airlifting your products for increased efficiency, especially if you are sending them in bulk. Several airlines can carry frozen cargo at an affordable price, enabling your frozen food products to arrive on time.
• Proper labeling
Using proper labeling on each packaging will help to optimize your products by placing colorful labels on delicate frozen delivery packages to show the packages that should be delivered faster than others will give your delivery agent an idea of what should be delivered first. When shipping through postal services, ensure they know the frozen foods, so always remember to ship them in controlled temperature rooms.
Also, ensure the labels contain instructions to the customer to unpack and freeze or protect their products immediately upon delivery upon delivery.
• Read through the carrier requirements before hiring them
By going through the carrier requirements, you understand their destination, the route they take, and how long it takes to deliver the food items. With this information, you will be able to hire the ideal carrier for your frozen food, a carrier that will go the direction you wish to ship the food and one that will take the shortest time possible. You wouldn’t want to hire a carrier that will deliver already melted products to your client; such kinds of issues may lead to losing potential reliable clients. However, it is also advisable to use different carriers for different types of products and different types of routes to reach your clients on time.
• Proper delivery planning
Correct timing of frozen food shipment is essential. Frozen food that should arrive just before a
holiday may not arrive on the expected date. The product might arrive on the holiday date or
after the holiday. If the product was meant for the holiday celebrations, it only means the product did not serve its purpose. Also, avoid delivering products to a warehouse on a Thursday or Friday; most probably, the products might spend the entire weekend in the warehouse waiting for delivery the next week. While you plan to deliver, think about what might happen to the shipment on the other end. Avoid shipping frozen foods to the office during holidays, there is a high chance the offices are locked, and people have gone home for holidays.
In conclusion, as much as summer is one hell of a hot season, there is always a possibility of
shipping frozen foods. As mentioned above, properly deliver planning, going through the carrier requirements before hiring them to understand their efficiency in delivering frozen foods. Proper labeling of your frozen products, opting for quick delivery means such as the use of airplanes to reach your clients on time, and use of proper insulation kits to keep the food in perfect state will ensure you deliver your frozen foods in perfect condition despite the heat of the summer season.