- As demand increases for real-time visibility in perishable supply chains, Emerson and Globe Tracker have developed a remote tracking and control system for reefer generator sets (GenSets), The Loadstar reported last week.
- A feature of Emerson’s ProAct platform, the new mobile-to-mobile (M2M) program aims to supply shippers with real-time tracking, remote monitoring and control, diagnostics and data management.
- The companies plan to launch the new system in the fourth quarter of 2017, a much-needed tool for perishables shippers and logistics providers seeking control over items in transit.
Last mile logistics are a challenge for all shippers, but especially those shipping perishable items via the cold chain.
The developing interest in imported perishables spurred expansion of the international cold chain in both China and India, while maintaining temperature integrity is increasingly vital to pharmaceutical transports around the world. As a result, cold chain transport for both air and maritime cargo is demanding higher standards of maintenance, as well as the ability to confirm conditions through transparency.
That's why a real-time visibility and tracking tool for the cold chain is such a big deal: if shippers can check on their shipments at any time and adjust routes based on the condition of the cargo, they can slash costs and avoid damages or spoiling the perishable cargo. Not only does such a tool improve last mile logistics for the cold chain, but it also alerts shippers to potential dangers so they can take steps to protect their cargo and ensure it's delivered safely.