Supply chain businesses have a whole lot of logistical measures they need to pay very close attention to if they want to be a valuable piece of the system and moreover, a successful operation. Among these measures, the management of their transportation sectors can be particularly difficult since ensuring timeliness and efficiency is so critical.
Most supplies that are moved along the long chain from producer to distributor to manufacturer need to maintain reliable label tracking and traceability while they're shipped along in regular trucks, planes, trains, etc. This is difficult enough for items that are transported in plain brown boxes that can be moved in any old vehicle, but it's even harder when the products need to be refrigerated or frozen.
Currently, India is one of the biggest links in the cold chain, if you will. According to Logististics Week, two-thirds of the country is dependent on agriculture for its primary source of income and produces about 17 percent of the entire world's milk supply, which is more than any other country.
As it stands, India has only enough cold storages for 23 billion metric kilograms of goods, but more than 90 percent of that is only adequate for the storage of potatoes. To put that figure further into perspective, India produces 100 billion kilograms of milk, the source states.
It's no secret that the majority of India is in a state of great poverty, making improvements to any of its supply chains difficult to carry out, but with governments cracking down on spotty suppliers and the increasing demand from consumers for healthy and fresh goods, there needs to be more done to ensure that perishable goods are transported correctly.