According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, there was 4.17 billion cu ft gross refrigerated storage capacity in the U.S. on October 1, 2015. This is a 3% increase in refrigerated warehouse capacity in the U.S. since October 2013.
Public refrigerated warehouse capacity accounts for 75.28% of gross refrigerated capacity in the U.S., which is a slight decrease (0.59%) from 2013. Notably, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) members own or operate 76% of the refrigerated capacity in the United States. Between 2013 and 2015, public refrigerated space increased 2%. Private and semi-private space increased 5.32%. While growth rates were faster in private warehouses, there were 9 million more cubic ft added to public storage companies than to private. See our latest infographic that breaks down the USDA report.
In December 2013, the IARW Safety Committee surveyed warehouse operators about their safety needs, respondents ranked “loading dock safety” as the third most important topic to them based on the knowledge or skill gaps seen at their facilities. Loading dock safety continues to be a pressing concern for workplace safety specialists and facility managers. The IARW Safety Committee shared this list of resources that could help improve loading dock safety: Continue reading
The problem of snow and ice accumulation is real for all properties and especially so for warehouses. Did you know that 50,000 sq ft (4,645 sq m) of water only one inch (2.5 cm) deep weighs 258,333 pounds (117178 kg)? That’s heavier than the Statue of Liberty. Learn more about how the weight of snow is calculated. Due to the potential loss exposure in areas prone to heavy snow accumulation, warehouse operators should take all necessary steps to prevent roof collapse in winter months so as not to induce stress on warehouse buildings or place lives at risk. Take these steps to prevent roof collapse: Continue reading
The 35th IACSC Conference & Expo opened for attendee registration and expo table top reservations on August 11. The conference attracts over 200 contractors, industry suppliers, warehouse operators, and processors/manufacturers, to advance the temperature-controlled construction industry. Popular trends, innovations, regulations, and technologies impacting cold storage construction are explored. An education program, a world-class expo, a golf tournament, and networking receptions make up the bulk of the IACSC Conference schedule.
IARW Warehouse members and representatives from processing/manufacturing companies are welcome to attend the conference at the Food Industry Representative rate of $430 USD.
The Global Cold Chain Alliance will host Cold Chain Executive Connections this spring in the United Arab Emirates, China and Canada. A Dubai CCEC will take place June 1; a Toronto CCEC will take place June 11; and three CCECs will take place in China throughout June – Beijing on June 9; Chengdu on June 12; and Guangzhou on June 18. Each CCEC will feature a brief cold chain trends presentation and networking roundtables, though timing of the activities varies per event. Senior-level cold chain professionals are encouraged to attend these events, which are free of charge to warehouse and logistics company employees. Industry suppliers must sponsor the event to attend. In addition to the CCECs, GCCA will host larger Cold Chain Delegations in Dubai and throughout China, which feature more extensive coverage of the cold chain in those areas. The GCCA events calendar has full details. More