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Nordic Cold Chain Expo Showcase
Asembia’s AXS24 Summit
April 28 – May 2, 2024 | Wynn & Encore
Las Vegas, NV
Booth 1606

Dedicated vs. Universal: How To Choose Products

Making the right choice in cold chain products to protect your valuable goods is a tricky task. Should you go for dedicated options made specifically with temperature-sensitive cargo in mind or stick to universal items that are not as specialized but serve just as well? This post provides guidance on how to decide which product is best for your individual needs, giving you the confidence and assurance that your shipment will be safeguarded against any fluctuations in temperature along its journey. Read on to learn more about dedicated vs. universal products and why one may be preferable over another when it comes to protecting cold chain shipments.

Dedicated Cold Chain Solutions

The choice of dedicated cold chain solutions will depend on the intended end-uses and the environment. The most important factor in selecting a cold chain solution is to ensure its capability to maintain product integrity throughout its journey—from origin to destination.

When selecting a dedicated cold chain solution, there are many elements to consider, including safety performance requirements, durability and reliability of components, operational efficiency, and inventory optimization capabilities. Here are some key factors:

  • Temperature Control: Depending on the nature of your product and expected shipping times you may need solutions with different levels of temperature control ranging from ‘on demand’ temperature requirements through tailored programs designed for individual lanes or products. The right temperature control will help preserve shelf life, reduce spoilage rates and enable accurate traceability during transport.
  • PUR insulation package.Insulation Properties: It is important for dedicated cold chain packaging materials to possess high insulating properties which minimize heat loss due to outside environmental conditions as well as minimize any potential external damage which could cause an interruption of continuous cooling. Products such as EPS (Expanded Polystyrene foam) or XPS (Extruded Polystyrene foam ) can be used while transporting goods that require insulation.
  • Ease Of Use & Packaging Efficiency: Each package must be designed taking into account factors such as ease of use by two-man crew teams when loading containers, weight characteristics that optimize trailer loads while minimizing freight costs, proper venting when needed for fruits or vegetables so they arrive in acceptable condition at destination markets, etc.
  • Security & Traceability: A good quality tracking system should exist starting from pickup/delivery up until delivery. This helps you monitor goods remotely at any given time, schedule maintenance activities proactively, process refunds if necessary quickly, etc. Additionally, security measures like RFID tags, and tamper seals can also be implemented into packages for added security & tracking purposes.


Choosing the right cold chain solution depends on a variety of factors, which is why it’s important to do your research and find the right solution for you. Dedicated solutions like Nordic Vaccine Shippers and Nordic Drain Safe are designed specifically to meet different needs in terms of temperature control, safety, and convenience.

  • Vaccine Shippers: These insulated containment systems maintain critical temperatures during the storage and transportation of vaccines and other pharmaceutical products. The Nordic Express Design-Tested Frozen parcel shippers are the perfect solution for businesses shipping products that need to remain frozen during transit. They are designed and tested to meet ISTA 7E requirements with a multi-component design that ensures goods remain frozen when shipped over one or two days. The range of sizes available allows you to find the perfect shipper option for your payloads, in either sustainable insulation or EPS styles, so you can rest assured your products will arrive in the same condition as they were sent.
  • Nordic Drain Safe - Green and White Gel PackNordic Drain Safe: This is the first drain-safe product in the industry with a proprietary formulation providing a long-lasting, thermally efficient gel refrigerant that is safe and non-toxic. The Nordic Drain Safe® gel refrigerant packs are durable, reusable, and long-lasting poly gel packs that offer the same performance as traditional gel packs but they can be disposed of safely into municipal wastewater or home septic systems.


Universal Cold Chain Solutions

When it comes to shipping temperature-sensitive items such as food products or pharmaceuticals over long distances, universal cold chain solutions are a popular choice. However, understanding the various components involved and their purpose is essential for ensuring the preservation of goods’ temperature.

  • Nordic Ice Regular Gel Packs: Using Nordic Ice® gel refrigerant packs is one way to maintain the desired temperature range and protect your contents. These gel packs come in a variety of sizes so you can find the perfect size for your needs, and they are designed to reduce thermal shock thereby improving product protection during transit.
  • Polyurethane Cooler Boxes: For products that will stay in transit for a long time, Nordic Cold Chain Solutions’ polyurethane cooler boxes are the best way to transport these items. These shipping cooler boxes are ideal for temperature conditions ranging from ambient to frozen, and they are best used with pharmaceuticals, chemical, biological, and food shipments.
  • Cotton Mailers: Cotton insulated envelope mailers provide protection and reduction of heat transfer for fragile and perishable products. Insulated mailers save storage and shipping space over rigid foam packaging materials, in addition to saving waste. They are both recyclable and biodegradable – perfect for eco-conscious businesses!


No matter what type of cold chain solution you choose, it’s important to ensure that your products are properly packaged and insulated so that they can be delivered on time and in perfect condition.

How To Select the Best Cold Chain Product for You

Package boxes of ready meals goods from conveyor belt in warehouse or loading area., Import and export system customer service

When selecting a cold chain product, it is important to make sure that the chosen product meets your needs. Consider factors such as temperature range, insulation type, size, and the duration of time that your product will be in transit. Additionally, think about environmental factors such as sustainability and recyclability to ensure you are making the most eco-friendly choice. Lastly, make sure that you check with your shipping provider to ensure the product is compatible with their services. This will help you choose the right cold chain solution for your business! With the right cold chain solution in place, you can be confident that all products shipped from your business will arrive on time while maintaining a consistent temperature range throughout transit.

Keep Products Fresh with Reliable Cold Chain Solutions

All in all, the choice between dedicated and universal cold chain solutions depends on the circumstances and needs of each individual business. Knowing your product type, understanding your distribution network, and identifying temperature needs are all essential parts of making the right decision. Regardless of which path you choose, investing in reliable cold chain technology like Nordic can provide peace of mind that your products will arrive to customers safely and remain within critical storage temperatures. Our cold chain solutions enable businesses to ensure their products stay fresh through every part of their journey – from origin to consumption.

If you’re ready to make sure your product is delivered on time and in good condition every time, contact us for more information about our cold chain solutions today!


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