NTX Magazine Volume 3 - Page 52

Industry Spotlight Logistics Ice Cold When was the last time you enjoyed fresh flowers, took your prescription medication or used an electronic device? Odds are good that one or more of these experiences are part of your daily life. Based on the business that one North Texas company is experiencing for its unique concept in first- and lastmile specialty delivery, demand is high for logistics that can offer more than that extra mile. F “Anything where controlling the temperature on a product prolongs the shelf life – that’s our market.” 50 or SCL Cold Chain, success is all about delivery on-time and on-temperature. The term “cold chain” describes an uninterrupted flow of a temperature-controlled shipment from manufacturing through delivery to the end user and requires specialized knowledge and control of the shipping environment, packaging and more. Temperature-sensitive products can range from pharmaceuticals to chemicals, meat to produce, flowers and more. “Anything where controlling the temperature on a product prolongs the shelf life – that’s our market,” notes Bryan Severin, president of SCL Cold Chain, a North Texas-based company that has carved a niche within the temperature-controlled market, specializing in first- and last-mile temperature-controlled deliveries in the global marketplace. From its headquarters at DFW Airport, SCL Cold Chain is a leader in an emerging industry that caters to the special needs of companies that rely on the ability to control temperature in the delivery of products. In an increasingly global market where products are prized not only for their source, but also for their freshness, quality and integrity, companies are utilizing cold chain logistics in an effort to get products to the end user in controlled-temperature environments. “Fifteen years ago, maybe 5 percent of domestic transportation was temp-controlled,” explains Severin. “Now it’s 20 to 25 percent of the market. Companies have figured out over the years that the longer we control temperature and humidity, the longer shelf life we have – and this can be used to control liability, as well.” Special Delivery If a restaurant chain, for example, requires a certain brand of chicken breast to make a popular sandwich, the restaurants might be required to use chicken breasts from a specific provider that the company’s