“Insurance and loss prevention go hand-in-hand – you can’t have one without the other.” These profound words by Pascal Dubois, the esteemed Chairman of IUMI’s Loss Prevention Committee and DG of CESAM, echoed throughout the recent IUMI conference. As fruit traders gear up for Fruit Attraction, the importance of these words cannot be overstated.
Optimal Packaging and Stuffing
Ensuring the safety and quality of fruits during transit is more than just about insurance; it’s about taking proactive measures at every step of the way. One of the first things to consider is the packaging and stuffing of the fruits. The weight of the goods needs to be distributed evenly, ensuring that the load line is respected. This not only prevents damage to the fruits but also ensures their freshness during transit. Additionally, the use of dunnaging, which allows for effective air circulation through pallets, can be a game-changer in maintaining the quality of fruits.
Maintain an Adequate Coldchain
Maintaining a robust cold chain is another critical aspect. With the perishable nature of fruits, even slight fluctuations in temperature can lead to spoilage. To combat this, it’s advisable to employ two data loggers that monitor both the supply and return air temperatures. This dual monitoring ensures that the fruits are stored at the optimal temperature throughout their journey ut also that the cause of fluctuation can be easily determined. Moreover, adjusting container settings to maintain these temperatures can make a significant difference in the freshness of the fruits upon arrival. Note there is often a mix up when setting a reefer container beteen degree celcius and fahrenheit.
Regular Inspections and Documentation
Regular inspections and thorough documentation play a pivotal role in loss prevention. A comprehensive record of all inspections, supplemented with photographs, provides a clear picture of the fruits’ condition at various stages of transit. This not only helps in identifying potential issues early on but also serves as a valuable reference in case of any disputes or claims.
Minimise Transit Times
Swift transit times are essential, especially for perishable goods like fruits. Opting for the quickest routes and transportation methods ensures that the fruits spend the least amount of time in transit, reducing the chances of spoilage. Moreover, monitoring transit times closely allows traders to be agile in their decision-making. In cases of significant delays, traders can even consider selling products in transit markets, turning a potential loss into an opportunity.
Educate and Overcomunicate with Stakeholders
In the dynamic world of fruit trade, clear and open communication is the linchpin of success. It’s not just about conveying information; it’s about fostering a culture of transparency and mutual understanding. By disseminating best practices and updates, traders can ensure that all stakeholders are well-informed and aligned with the company’s goals and strategies. Cultivating open communication channels allows for real-time feedback, addressing concerns, and adapting to changing circumstances. It’s essential to remember that every stakeholder, from the farmer to the retailer, plays a crucial role in the supply chain. Ensuring alignment and understanding among all parties involved not only streamlines operations but also builds trust and strengthens relationships. In essence, to educate and over-communicate is to empower and unify, creating a cohesive and resilient network ready to face any challenge.
As fruit traders navigate the complexities of the global market, these proactive measures can be the difference between success and failure. After all, in the world of fruit trade, prevention isn’t just better than cure; it’s the key to thriving.