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A Comprehensive Review of Modern Cold Chain Shipping Solutions

Ren, T, Ren, J, Matellini, DB and Ouyang, W (2022) A Comprehensive Review of Modern Cold Chain Shipping Solutions. Sustainability, 14 (22). p. 14746.

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Packaging is one of the most important factors affecting the overall cold chain efficiency. This paper aims to examine the current trends of cold chain packaging by conducting a comprehensive review on the current commercially available cold chain shipping solutions. A conceptual model of the cold chain shipping solutions including the structure, categories and components is proposed to provide analytical comparisons with the existing literature. It is found that the shipping solutions can improve the overall cold chain performance in many aspects which include improving temperature control performance, flexibility, safety, sustainability and knowledge sharing of the cold chains. Despite all the advantages, there are still limitations and challenges posed which are also discussed. This is the first paper presenting an overview of commercially available cold chain shipping solutions. It not only contributes to the literature by presenting new knowledge but is also beneficial for all the stakeholders in cold chain packaging by providing practical information and guidelines.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 12 Built Environment and Design
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5410 Marketing. Distribution of Products
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Engineering
Publisher: MDPI AG
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2022 10:49
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2022 11:00
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/su142214746
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18165
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