A leading discount retailer needed their nationwide supply chain solution revised

Project Brief

A leading discount grocery store which operates in Ireland approached CRS as they needed a large volume of pre frozen eutectic plates in order to safely transport refrigerated goods to their stores nationwide.

Challenges

Prior to consultation with our company, the retailer were using refrigerated trucks to freeze the plates but the running costs were proving very expensive as they took a long time to freeze the plates to the correct temperatures. The trucks being used by the company were set at -25ºC and some were struggling to reach those temperatures.

The leading discount retailer also needed to have the Blast Freezers easily accessible from the warehouse to avoid staff having to go outside.

Solution

Following the consultation process we conducted a site survey and submitted detailed line drawings.

We provided them with a Mini Blast Freezer capable of -35ºC and also installed Rmoni cloud based temperature monitoring system to ensure the temperature remained constant.

Freezer Plate Preconditioning

We also obtained the details of the TKT Eutectic Plates they were originally freezing and put them into their Load Calculation Software to enable CRS to calculate loading times.

CRS made the necessary adjustments to the main distribution building in order to connect the unit to the loading bay using steel stands.

Results

The entire installation process went very smoothly and without any issues. The newly installed Mini Blast Freezers set to -35ºC have dramatically improved the freezing times thus increasing efficiency.

The company no longer have a bottleneck system around the distribution of the shipper boxes because the Mini Blast will freeze and maintain the Eutectic plates at the correct temperatures making the whole process more time efficient.

The solution is costing them less to rent than the truck they were using. It’s also cheaper to run and is freezing the plates down faster.