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January 2020

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28 | Overdrive | January 2020 K eeping produce and live- stock safe while transport- ing in the heat is common enough, but there is also demand for protecting certain other freight when the mercury heads in the opposite direction. Liquids, certain chemicals and solids such as cosmetics are among cold-sensitive freight. Some will com- bust or explode if they get too cold, says Hilary Gerlach, senior business development lead for broker Zipline Logistics. "It could also mean smaller con- sequences like the ingredients sep- arating or the overall quality of the product not being the same," Gerlach says. "Aluminum cans will explode, and plastic bottles can burst. It's any product that doesn't have the same quality if it freezes." She says many summertime reefer customers for Zipline, which special- izes in food and beverages, also need protection in wintertime because grocers want the products delivered at the same temperature year-round. For some fleets, freeze protection is a minor factor in a broad array of freight. Ward Trucking, a 600-truck fleet based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, handles only less-than-truckload shipments, with most protect-from- freeze (PFF) orders being just a pallet or two, says Mike Moss, chief operat- ing officer. However, there are also plenty of full-truckload freeze-protect ship- ments that may be more enticing for owner-operators looking to offer that specialty. Alexandra Smith, a nation- al account manager for broker PLS Logistics, says her department han- dles only full-truckload shipments. About three-quarters of the PLS wintertime business requires freeze protection. "We mainly see protect-from- freeze requests with liquids, but we also see it with paint, cleaning prod- ucts, batteries, electronics, pharma- ceuticals," says Trent Opferman, also a national account manager for PLS. No-freeze freight There's more than one way to protect cargo in severe cold, and there's extra pay, too BY MATT COLE Ward Trucking offers freeze protection services without using reefer trailers, instead using SureTemp pallet covers for next-day and two-day LTL shipments.

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