3PL cold storage warehouse have been steadily increasing their capacity in the U.S. and worldwide over the past few years. U.S. cold storage warehousing capacity has been increasing since 2013. Growth in 3PL cold storage from 2013 to 2015 was an increase of 1.9 million cubic meters. Growth in private cold storage from 2013 to 2015 was 1.6 million cubic meters. Public storage capacity has a 75% share of the market and that has not changed since 2011. Total capacity of refrigerated warehouses worldwide has increased at an annualized rate of 4.2% between 2014 and 2016. Some of the main drivers of refrigerated warehouse capacity growth are household income, growth of urban population, sales in supermarket and retail outlets, consumption of meat, dairy and frozen foods, and quality of port and roadway infrastructure. There are many reasons that the cold storage industry is expanding including, growing middle class with more money to spend on food, demand for higher end products, need for specialized handling and storage, rising prices-need to reduce costs, fluctuating energy costs, and much more. Typical goods that are housed in cold storage warehouses include, food, pharmaceuticals, flowers, petro-chemicals, and high-tech electronics. Lastly the challenges in cold storage warehouse management include, maintaining the lifecycle for products, labeling he products and racks, traceability of products, and more. For more information on 3PL cold storage warehouses, please visit our blog post: The Changing Food Supply Chain and the 3PL Cold Storage Warehouse

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