It used to be that companies that made and dealt in cold or temperature sensitive goods like ice cream, dairy products, certain medicines or other medical supplies were confined to do business out of their freezer. If a customer couldn't buy the cold product right off them in the store, and if they didn't happen to live a street or two down from the main company production, there was basically no way you could sell them your goods. Thankfully that's no longer the case today, since cold shipping has been made possible and even convenient by insulated shipping boxes designed specifically for the safe transport of perishable goods. Insulated shipping boxes come in several different types and some are better suited to certain tasks than others, but the important fact remains that companies and individuals that need to ship food or other perishable goods now have a viable option in the form of insulated shipping containers.
Insulated Shipping Containers With Foam Cooler Inserts
One of the most popular and versatile types of insulated shipping boxes is the two ply foam cooler based shipping box. This kind of cold shipper features an internal high density styrofoam cooler that is placed within a regular cardboard shipping box. The styrofoam container is very effective at maintaining cold temperatures, so companies and individuals that deal in perishable goods usually wait until the last minute before it comes time to ship a particular order, then use frozen gel packs to line the bottom of the styrofoam cooler.
The perishable goods are then placed into the center of the styrofoam cooler on top of the frozen gel packs, and additional frozen gel packs are then tucked into the sides, between the cooler and the product. This not only ensures that the perishable goods will not shift around too much during transit, but will also stay very cold. Companies usually place one or two frozen gel packs on top of their product, then replace the styrofoam cooler's lid. Now the perishable goods are secured and cooled. The next step is to secure the foam cooler inside the outer protective cardboard shipping box.
Companies sometimes use tape or other adhesives to ensure a snug fit between the inner styrofoam cooler and the outer protective cardboard shipping box. This again ensures that the perishable goods will be well secured against damage that can occur if the package is dropped, punctured, or jolted violently en route to its final destination. Insulated shipping boxes have been very successful in helping companies and individuals that produce and distribute perishable goods to expand their effective sales range and increase their customer base, thus helping to also boost their revenue.
Insulated shipping boxes come in various sizes and shapes, in order to accommodate the various types of perishable goods that companies and individuals need to ship on a daily basis. This is also handy because it allows businesses to stockpile a large supply of assorted insulated shipping boxes so they can always handle even the last minute orders that pop up unexpectedly. Once the perishable goods are packaged well inside their insulated shipping boxes, the entire package is usually overnighted to ensure that the product reaches the recipient in excellent shape.