Every day across Australia, thousands of trucks, cars and vans are moving millions of kilograms of stock. Everything from video games to soybeans has to be taken to the correct destination, and that means a whole lot of transport. Many of these products have special needs when it comes to transport, and perhaps the most common of all these is refrigeration. That should come as no surprise when you consider the size of the country and just how hot it can get, but what you may not think about is just how many things need refrigerated transport.
Many drugs, vaccines and samples need to be kept at very specific temperatures or they will spoil. When it comes to transportation, there is simply no other option for most medical supplies than refrigerated transport. While that might not seem like a big deal in the big cities where journeys are comparatively short, many outback communities would be completely without aid if not for these specialised refrigerated transport trucks, trains and vans. Because much of Australia's industry is run out of these small rural towns (especially mining and farming), these refrigerated transport vehicles really do power the backbone of the country.
Nothing is worse than buying some fruit or vegetables and finding out that they are old, rotten or overripe. Luckily this is quite a rare occurrence because of how strictly monitored the supply chain is from farm to grocer. Without the specialised vehicles, this rate would skyrocket, and unless you lived near a farm or orchard, you would never get any fresh food. Refrigerated transport was a game-changer when it arrived and has allowed billions of people to enjoy a much more diverse diet due to the new availability of tropical and exotic produce almost year round.
Personal Hygiene Products
Something that is vastly underlooked when people consider the benefits of refrigerated transport is the industry's involvement in ensuring the availability of personal hygiene items and cosmetics. Much of your makeup, perfume, cologne, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, oils and creams need to be kept in a controlled environment. While this is easier in countries with a more predictable climate, it is very hard to do in Australia, which has lead to the beauty industry largely shifting to refrigerated transport. The next time you wash your hair or powder your face, remember that you are likely doing it with a product that saw the inside of a refrigerated truck!