While our industrial tugs are sturdy and versatile enough to accommodate a wide range of uses, cold storage warehouses and distribution centers are subject to factors different from those that affect other types of facilities.
What trends are currently shaping cold storage warehouse construction? Here’s a look at six major topics that are influencing the industry today.
1. A Shift to Regional Distribution Centers
Online shopping has expanded the reach of smaller brands, but companies can’t afford to sacrifice freshness of product to meet delivery demands. As a result, many sellers are creating smaller, locally-based distribution centers that are supplied by redistribution services.
2. Upgrades in Employee Amenities
The shrinking labor pool and harsh working conditions make cold storage warehouse jobs difficult to fill. Companies are implementing perks such as onsite meals and recreation to make employment more attractive.
As in many industries, larger cold storage companies with more resources are buying up smaller ones. With more at stake, these companies are prioritizing high standards and streamlined operations.
Improvements in technology allow for better accuracy and efficiency in every stage of cold storage facilities, from design and construction to day-to-day operations.
5. Threat of Steel Tariffs
Steel is used extensively throughout cold storage facilities, so it’s no surprise that tariffs would cause higher costs and delayed construction.
6. Packaged Refrigeration
Packaged refrigeration is a part of a green initiative that many cold storage facilities are incorporating to move away from ozone-depleting refrigerants.
Industrial Tugs for All Uses
What do warehouses, fulfillment centers and cold storage have in common? DJ Products has a variety of industrial tugs to solve any needs. Visit our website or call 800.686.2651 to learn more about our electric pushers and movers.