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Posted onApril 14, 2022

Shipping Chocolate Products Without Refrigeration

Can I ship chocolate without a reefer?

As a famously finicky product, chocolate manufacturers may simply assume that they have no choice but to ship year-round in expensive climate-controlled trucks. That may not be the case, however. Passive thermal insulation can open up cheaper and more readily-available shipping options for chocolate, changing the answer from “no” to a far more flexible “it's possible”.

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS

Posted onDecember 01, 2021

Adapt to Supply Chain Problems With Passive Thermal Protection

Even before the Covid-19 Pandemic and the current international supply chain woes, domestic truck and driver availability was tight. Now as ports are crammed with backed-up products and the holiday shopping (and shipping) season is upon us, the lack of trucking capacity is driving up cost and delivery times. Transportation Insight – a U.S. based third-party logistics (3PL) provider – reports that “Performance indices for Parcel, LTL and Truckload increased year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter as capacity constraints persist across all modes.” Of particular note:

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS

Posted onOctober 27, 2021

No More Snags

Is passive freeze protection over uneven height loads a problem for your loaders?

Though the benefits of passive thermal blankets for protecting temperature sensitive goods are many – low cost, reduced dependence on reefers, increased use of intermodal even during seasonal highs and lows – shippers still may resist if they’ve had trouble in the past installing thermal blankets over pallets that vary in height within a single container.

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS

Posted onSeptember 15, 2021

Keep Your Shipments Moving Intermodal All Year Round

Moving cargo by rail is cost effective and fuel efficient, a fact that reduces impact on the planet AND the wallet. Intermodal transit by rail in the US, however, can also mean long stops in cold-weather hubs like Chicago, exposing cargo to freezing temperatures during the winter months. This is why many shippers transition to over-the-road trucks starting in November, wary of the risk to freeze-sensitive products.

But you might not have to.

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS

Posted onJuly 26, 2021

Cost-Effective Transport of Temperature Sensitive Chemical Products

When consumers pull out their bottle of glass cleaner, or twist the cap off a tube of glue, they probably don’t consider these powerful cleaning and adhesive chemicals to be delicate substances. But manufacturers of many household chemical products know that sustained exposure to heat or cold can irreparably damage both the product and the packaging:

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS

Posted onJune 28, 2021

Save Money And the Environment

If you ship products nationally, you are certainly aware that intermodal and dry shipping is less expensive when compared to temperature controlled trucks. But you might not have considered that intermodal rail shipments also reduce your carbon footprint. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports that:

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS

Posted onMay 24, 2021

Can you ship chocolate products in the summer without melting?

Several factors influence the melting point of chocolate, including the amount of milk fat in the product, how the chocolate is tempered, and any additional ingredients or additives. White and milk chocolates – higher in milk fats and cocoa butter - have the lowest melting point while dark chocolate melts at slightly higher temperatures, for example. Many chocolate products are crafted to soften at body temperatures to create a pleasing confection that “melts in the mouth”.

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS

Posted onMay 10, 2021

Astro-Cooler Works With BR Williams to Solve Chemical Company Cold Weather Transportation Logistics

Astro-Cooler has the privilege of working with top supply chain service providers throughout the US and abroad. When BR Williams came to us with a client who needed a way to protect their cold-intolerant products during the winter months, we were able to provide a passive thermal protection solution that “saved the client money and significantly reduced their carbon footprint without leaving them vulnerable to spot-market volatility.

Read Full Case Study Here:

Adam Anderson CEO, ASTRO-COOLER PRODUCTS