Every year the cold storage industry sees higher and higher demands for productivity in facilities. According to McMurray Stern, “the U.S. cold storage industry reached 15.84 billion in 2019 and is expected to continue growing to reach 19.69 billion by 2025.”
The cold storage industry continues to grow significantly with many industry and supply chain changes from the COVID-19 Pandemic. On their website, McMurray Stern cites a study conducted by Acosta, a consumer packaged goods sales and marketing firm. The study shows that consumers have taken a definite turn to online grocery shopping.
McMurray Stern highlights one portion of the study, “According to the study, 45 percent of consumers report shopping online for groceries more now than before the pandemic. Meanwhile, around a third of those polled said they’re shopping less at grocery stores (30%) and at mass retail stores like Walmart and Target (35%) versus pre-pandemic.” Acosta’s study findings come from online surveys conducted between July 1 and July 6 of 2021 in the height of the pandemic.
While it may seem overwhelming to consider making a faculty completely autonomous, McMurray Stern ensures that clients will never be overwhelmed by the task. “Our fully integrated design-build process ensures projects are professionally managed from concept to execution so you have an improved workflow and can more efficiently manage your time, space, materials, and information,” Stern’s website states.
A McMurray Stern spokesperson reassures those who may be feeling stress from the idea of turning their faculties into autonomous ones, “A common misconception in cold storage warehouses is that the increasing demand for cold storage logistics facilities requires a lot of space. In reality, there are solutions and storage products that can help optimize the space you already have by increasing automation, efficiency, and flexibility in your warehouse.”
Take McMurray Stern’s Cold Chain Storage as an example of the solutions they can provide. In recent years, many markets have seen an increase in frozen and cold storage, which has led to an increased need for cold storage holding areas, facilities, and options for online grocery orders.
A McMurray Stern spokesperson explains one of many solutions for this issue, “Pallet and case pick cold and freezer storage solutions will provide the space for expansion of products and warehouse growth.”
There are many diverse benefits to automating an organization’s cold storage system. Businesses can save cold storage space, thus increasing warehouse capacity. They can also optimize all warehouse processes, reduce labor dependence, improve cold storage warehouse productivity, and take full advantage of software and hardware upgrades.
Ultimately, by automating cold storage, businesses can make their warehouse more efficient, flexible, and adaptive to challenges that arise in supply chain management, individual industry, and our ever-changing world.
A McMurray Stern spokesperson sums up, “as a globally active general contractor, we implement complete logistics from comprehensive system planning and consulting to International Project Management Association certified project management and maintenance. Our installation and construction department is in-house, which helps guide clients through the entire project lifecycle, guaranteeing the right solution for whatever your needs may be.”
McMurray Stern has so much to offer whether you need small bins transported or goods on hangers organized. Their advanced technology helps tidy up the warehouse and increase the shipping speed. Plan, adjust, monitor, and control your company’s efficiency during the busiest time of year.