Associate Member Benefits

  • Networking & Education Opportunities

    IARW offers associate members the opportunity to speak, sponsor, or exhibit at the following events:

    IARW-WFLO Annual Convention & Expo

    The IARW-WFLO Annual Convention and Expo brings together over 600 of the world's leading public refrigerated warehousing and logistics professionals for educational sessions, a world-class expo, and networking.

    Global Cold Chain Alliance Assembly of Committees

    Held annually in Washington, DC, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) Assembly of Committees is where members from every sector of the cold chain unite to solve critical industry problems and strategize for the future. Each committee is dedicated to addressing issues that impact one particular area of the cold chain and require association response or direction.

    European Cold Chain Logistics Education Program & Trade Show

    Hosted by the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association, a GCCA Affiliate Partner, this annual program includes a comprehensive technical program and trade show focused on the European cold chain market.

    ICE (India Cold Chain Expo)

    The India Cold Chain Expo, also known as ICE, was the first cold chain conference to be held in India. The program includes educational sessions and popular expo and provides an invaluable opportunity for Indian cold chain professionals to connect with their international counterparts.

    Food Logistics Forum

    The Food Logistics Forum, co-hosted by the American Frozen Food Institute and the Global Cold Chain Alliance, provides the solutions and connections you need to navigate today's increasingly complex cold chain. Frozen food industry leaders from production, foodservice, retail, and 3PL providers gather annually for this essential event.

    North American Chapters

    IARW North American Chapter Meetings are grassroots meetings held annually throughout North America. In one or two day sessions, Chapter members address common legislative, regulatory, and operational hurdles and share proven business solutions. Each Chapter provides targeted programming on the issues and trends impacting that specific region.


    Periodically, the association offers webinars that cover current cold chain trends or new technologies. These one hour webinars are often free or offered at a very low-cost and provide members a convenient educational opportunity.

    Online Training

    The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) Online Training Library, powered by DuPont Training Solutions, offers a convenient and efficient way to train employees in safety management, human resources compliance, and other operational best practices. The GCCA Online Training Library delivers 80 individualized, self-paced courses that can be accessed on-demand, 24/7. Courses are available to members for only $35 per access.
  • Marketing & Communications

    IARW-WFLO Expo

    IARW associate members have the opportunity to exhibit at the Global Cold Chain Expo, held in conjunction with the Annual Convention. Warehousemen attending the convention are executive management who are able to make buying decisions.

    Global Cold Chain Directory

    IARW associate members receive a listing in the annual Global Cold Chain Directory. Published in conjunction with the other GCCA Core Partners, the Directory includes over 500 pages of cold chain providers and is the sourcebook for over 3,000 cold chain professionals and customers searching for cold chain solutions. A searchable, electronic format is also available online from the IARW website

    Advertising and Sponsorships

    Associate members have the opportunity to advertise in the Global Cold Chain Directory and receive daily exposure for an entire year to a readership tailored to their companies' products. Additional advertising opportunities are available throughout the year on the IARW website, or in the bimonthly COLD FACTS magazine and Cold Connection eNewsletter. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at many association events. Download the GCCA Media Kit.

    IARW Logo

    All members may use the association's member logo on their website(s), stationery, advertising or other printed material as a visible "seal of quality."

    COLD FACTS Magazine

    The bimonthly COLD FACTS magazine is a direct link to 3,000 of the top decision-makers in the international cold chain. COLD FACTS is the definitive resource for the Core Partners of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, delivering association news, member news, market intelligence, and reports on the latest cold chain trends and advances.

    Cold Connection eNewsletter

    The weekly Cold Connection eNewsletter provides up-to-date industry and association news. Any employee of a member company may subscribe to Cold Connection.

    Joint Memberships

    IARW associate members can also add membership in the International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC) or the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) at discounted rates. Membership in these groups will increase access to potential customers.
  • International Outreach

    Cold Chain Development

    Through a growing number of government-funded projects, WFLO actively contributes to increasing awareness of cold chain issues. With assessments, training, design and feasibility studies, the organization works to ensure the growth of a strong industry, which means more demand and a greater number of business opportunities for industry suppliers.

    Consultancy Opportunities

    With a growing number of development projects to implement, WFLO regularly seeks short-term technical assistance from IARW member companies. Participating members gain invaluable insight into the state of the cold chain in developing countries, as well as the opportunity to make potential business contacts.
  • Service Partner Programs*

    UPS Discount Freight Program

    Take advantage of the UPS Freight Association Shipment Program on qualifying LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) shipments. Enrollment is free, with no obligations or minimum shipping requirements. Your UPS Freight Savings Program applies to shipments weighing 150 lbs to 20,000 lbs that are; shipments billed collect to your company, prepaid shipments from your company, and shipments billed to your company as a third party *IARW partner programs are offered to members at discounted rates by the partnering entity.