Category Archives: Market Research & Trends

Cultivate your Benchmarking Practices

IARW has been collecting and compiling data to help temperature-controlled 3PL’s evaluate their operations and performance since 2001. The most recent version of the IARW Productivity and Benchmarking was released recently, featuring over 400 data points of benchmarking data. To assist members in understanding and maximizing usage of the benchmarking tool, IARW will host a webinar, complimentary to members, on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature highlights from the executive summary, as well as a discussion on the rationale behind using a new online platform for data collection and individualized reporting features. To explore the new benchmarking tool to its fullest, members are encouraged to sign up for the webinar. More

‘IARW 2014 Global Cold Storage Capacity Report’ now available

IARW_Global_Cold_Storage_Capacity_Report_Cover_250x203The “IARW Global Cold Storage Capacity Report” provides industry growth trends, market development indicators, market comparisons and characteristics of refrigerated warehouses around the world. The report also provides foreign investors with an invaluable resource for identifying potential investment opportunities. This is the only comprehensive look at worldwide cold storage capacity in the world. Continue reading

Boom in Fresh Foods Presents Opportunities to GCCA Members

There are growth opportunities in the fresh foods industry, and cold chain management is one of them, according to Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association. The FreshFacts® on Retail report, released by United Fresh, revealed a growing demand for high-quality, organic, fresh produce. An article in the November — December issue of COLD FACTS magazine details this trend in fresh stating that, “even with increases in retail prices, volume sales continue to grow in all organic fruit and vegetable categories.” Continue reading

Developing Countries Face Challenges Due to Poor Cold Chain Infrastructure, Logistics

Many developing countries continue to face a severe lack in cold chain infrastructure and logistics necessary to supply safe food products to their citizens. Below are a few articles published recently that focus on this topic.  Continue reading

IARW Financial Performance Report Indicates Continued Growth

The IARW Financial Performance Report: 2014, Q1-Q2 shows continued industry growth. Twice a year, IARW publishes a report on the profit and revenue trends for the public refrigerated warehousing industry in North America. According to the latest report, revenue grew a modest 2.97 percent, slower than the first half of 2013. However, survey respondents indicated they expect revenue to grow in the coming year due to increasing capacity. The average growth in EBITDA was 4.8 percent in the first half of 2014, a reversal of the average EBITDA decline of 1.25 percent reported at this time last year. The full report is available online at www.gcca.org. IARW Warehouse Members have complimentary access to the 2014, Q1-Q2 report and other pass reports.  Learn more.

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