The shelf life of both fresh and frozen products is highly dependent on continuous cooling in the distribution process. Strict regulations apply to all kinds of products in order to keep the products in the best possible condition during the cooling cycle. If there is an interruption in this chain, it can be disastrous for the quality of the products or even lead to spoilage. This means that these products are lost for resale, which in turn leads to a loss of revenue for the producer. NewCold is an authority in the development and operation of automated cold-storage warehouses and refrigerated transport. This fast-growing specialist distinguishes itself by focusing solely on automated cold storage with state-of-the-art and energy-efficient systems.
Founded in 2012, NewCold now currently has a global network with 11 cold storage locations on three continents: North America, Europe and Australia. In total, NewCold offers more than 927,000 refrigerated pallet locations worldwide and employs around 1,200 people who, daily, provide leading food companies with the most optimal logistical cold chain experience. They do this based on the 4 core values of NewCold: innovation, trust, agility and automation.
Because not all warehouses are the same size, we ask Martijn how selections for warehouses are made. "That depends on the profile of the customer we are building for. Do we look at one major customer or do we look at several customers with different profiles? Are these customers with the same product range or do we need to build a flexible warehouse where all kinds of products are stored? The choice depends on which products you can store at which temperatures and environmental requirements. And this ultimately determines the choice for the construction of the warehouse," says Martijn. "We can also offer smaller parties the opportunity to store their products in cold storage. By storing the products together, you create efficiency in storage and a reduction in storage costs. This is a win-win situation for all parties."
The high bay cold store warehouse being built in Corby by SSI SCHAEFER is a clad rack building and offers space for around 75,600 Indus or 86,112 Euro pallets. The size of the building is 131 metres long and 86.5 metres wide. The building is 41 metres high, has 8 aisles and is multi-deep with the storage of around 10 pallets in depth.
In addition, a platform at a height of about 40 metres will be built to cool the warehouse. The constant temperature is -28°C. Martijn continues his story: "NewCold does not have everything built by one party. This is also a strategic choice and policy within NewCold. As being one of our suppliers for racking, we work together with SSI SCHAEFER to our satisfaction. For us, it is a reliable partner with whom we have had a relationship since our foundation in 2012."
The added value NewCold offers its customers is that they have all the logistics knowledge in-house. This allows them to set up the system more efficiently, which in turn saves the customer money. Martijn continues: "We develop and design our concept and have the construction and operation under our management. This allows us to steer better. Once the project is ready, we also do the entire operation of the system and the intralogistics. We have our own employees and also do the maintenance ourselves. We can also take care of the producer’s truck transport for the delivery to the retailer. This way, we always have control over the entire cold chain."