Cold-Chain Upkeep

Leveraging Liviri Shuttle to optimize the last mile.

Apple in hand or savory steak on the plate, the end goal hasn’t changed much. Great food is still great food. It’s the pace and flow of these goods that are undergoing major overhauls. And it’s the consumer who’s driving change.

More shoppers are perusing digital aisles. They want their grub fast, they want it in a variety of options and, increasingly, they want to skip the check-out lane in favor of fast-tracked doorstep delivery or click-and-collect options.

Studying the trend in terms of dollars, eMarketer reports that online food and beverage sales are expected to grow to $19 billion in 2019. Additionally, virtual grocery numbers are estimated to reach $100 billion by 2025.

As demand increases, new opportunities abound for forward-thinking grocers, food producers and manufacturers on a mission to lead the e-delivery charge. And in order to harness that potential, the cold chain needs to be ready for the challenges ahead.

MAKING STRIDES WITH LIVIRI SHUTTLE

With more fresh and perishable products moving rapidly across an expanding cold chain, the journey from store to door, also known as the “last mile”, is more crucial than ever. Innovative, thermally performant packaging can play a starring role in ensuring that consumers get what they want, when and where they want it. Liviri Shuttle — a portfolio of reusable last-mile focused insulated containers — helps grocers, specialty food companies and produce shippers optimize their picking and staging operations and streamline their delivery efficiencies by keeping groceries cold for 12 hours while ensuring the highest quality and safety standards for a variety of foods at rest and in motion. Shuttle’s mission is to provide a seamless, cost-effective journey from start to finish.

In order to bolster cold-chain logistics, Liviri Shuttle’s adaptable, agile solutions cater specifically to grocers’ transforming needs. Cutting-edge shuttle totes work across a variety of infrastructures by fitting into picking carts and stacking with existing totes. Their lightweight design and large cube size also increase productivity for grocery picking staff, enhance click-and-collect/pickup capacity and minimize demand for refrigerated warehouse space and refrigerated trucking.

DRIVING LAST-MILE PERFORMANCE

Refrigerated trucks, typically powered by diesel units, represent a vital link in the perishable food journey. Through the decades, mobile refrigeration has made it possible to move fresh foods such as fruits, veggies and meats thousands of miles from source to grocery shelves. This technology also comes into play when transporting similar goods from cold warehouse to a consumer’s hot cooktop.

During the last-mile leg, refrigerated trucking, although effective, is expensive. And as the freight fleet grows — it’s projected to expand by a minimum of fivefold in the coming decade — transport emissions will increase accordingly. Transportation pollution currently accounts for just less than 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, notes the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Liviri’s thermally performant packaging reduces last-mile reliance on refrigerated trucking by keeping perishable orders at safe temperature specs no matter if they’re riding in the trunk of a Suburban or enclosed in the bed of a three-ton truck. For consumers on the receiving end, unattended deliveries made possible by Liviri improve overall experience and convenience, which in turn bolsters brand loyalty.

Furthermore, a thermally synced container powered by reusable ice packs ensures that your products stay chilled both during picking/staging and while in transit, helping overcome foodborne illness potential — a known pain point across the coldscape.

FORTIFYING THE COLD CHAIN

Virtual shoppers, particularly those from the millennial set, are driving the upswell in online grocery orders and prepared meal services. And this shift in consumer behavior has the cold chain working harder than ever to meet demands for faster and more frequent deliveries — done efficiently and safely.  

Liviri Shuttle gives grocers and warehouse operators a distinct advantage in the form of a reliable, cold-keeping solution that lessens the reliance on refrigerated transport and infrastructure, that adds stamina to last-mile delivery scenarios, and that ensures your consumers are exceedingly satisfied with the quality of their orders, time and time again. Shuttle keeps you ahead of the curve with innovative, sustainable packaging that insulates your cold chain from the variables that threaten to strip its integrity.