It is a good idea to give consideration to all storage methods, even in the short term. While it may seem like a waste of energy to worry about storage only used overnight or for a few days, there are some industries where even short-term storage requires consideration. Temperature-controlled storage in Minnesota means protection from extreme temperatures and natural elements, including humidity and rodents. Any company that cares about its products should consider temperature-controlled storage, but here are four industries who consider it indispensable.
Perishable food manufacturers
Manufacturers and distributors in the perishable food market are one of the largest beneficiaries of temperature-controlled storage. The sensitive nature of this product demands temperature control at a minimum and refrigeration whenever necessary. Failure to take these preservation measures leads to shorter shelf lives and dead inventory, neither of which builds consumer confidence.
Produce and meat are obvious items needing temperature-controlled storage. The potato industry, especially those companies that make frozen French fries, relies heavily on storage facilities offering cold storage. Candy, especially chocolate and caramel, is also very sensitive to environments and several manufacturers, including The Hershey Company and Werther’s Originals, invest in outsourced cold storage to protect their products.
Consumers have the luxury of never considering the effects of temperature on furniture. However, those in the preservation industry have this concern foremost on their minds. Freezing temperatures cause wood and metal to expand and contract, which leads to weakening furniture through warping, splitting and cracking. Heat can have similar effects, which is why maintaining a temperature between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit for these items is essential.
Temperature can also compromise fabric and leather, giving both a yellowish appearance. This is more common with long-term storage, but extreme changes in environment can exacerbate the effects. For antique dealers, even short-term storage needs some temperature control.
The technology sector
Technology in storage is most sensitive to moisture and extreme heat. Keeping temperature constant also controls humidity, which can be damaging to circuit boards and other sensitive elements. This makes temperature-controlled storage essential as it can keep dampness at bay and offer equipment extra protection.
Cameras, computers and visual-audio items are the most sensitive to these circumstances. Add any of their media to storage, including any DVDs or Blu-Ray discs, and temperature control becomes more essential. Few things can irritate a customer more than having to make a return on an item that does not work, so investing in this extra step for technology is more than prudent.
Wine is very environmentally sensitive. It will take on its exposed elements of temperature, humidity, and light. A Pinot Noir consumed in its home state of Oregon will often taste slightly different after being shipped to Minnesota.
Constant temperatures and even a special request to keep a storage area dark can help preserve the original character of wine. It also decreases the chance of a consumer ending up with a bad bottle and losing $30 down the drain.
Temperature-controlled storage in Minnesota is part of the logistics plans of K-Way Express, Inc. If you are concerned about your sensitive or perishable items, contact us so we can plan the
trip and meet needed storage requests.