As seen on the internet – Online grocery shopping causing cold storage shortage

NEWS & MEDIA | 30 July 2019

As seen on the internet – Online grocery shopping causing cold storage shortage

Image Source: latimes.com


Although online shopping and delivery of meals “ready to eat” has not taken off to the same extent in South Africa as yet as it has in the US and Europe, there is no reason why it will not develop in major cities . Maybe South African cold stores situated in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town should be planning how they would cater for this sort of development in future cold store extensions?

 

Goods sit on shelves inside a cold storage unit at Lineage Logistics in Vernon.(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Goods sit on shelves inside a cold storage unit at Lineage Logistics in Vernon.(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) (Source)

 

“All that online grocery shopping is causing a cold storage shortage

A worker, bundled up against the chill, moves inventory at a Lineage Logistics cold storage warehouse in Vernon. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Deep in a Vernon warehouse, barrels of frozen mango puree from Mexico are stacked four stories high. Hams for Christmas are flash-frozen as June temperatures climb outside.
Inside this dimly lit chamber of the Lineage Logistics warehouse, it is 10 degrees below zero — cold enough to stop a ballpoint pen from rolling out ink and send an ominous chill through the soles of visitors’ shoes.
Lineage is the biggest player in the country’s cold storage industry, a business consumers seldom see but one that plays a crucial role in keeping edible fare fresh from the time it’s harvested until it reaches the kitchen fridge.”

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