Intelligent Thermal Solutions, LLC, Kingsville, TX, has been named a winner of two 2011 Greener Package Awards in the Secondary/Large-Format Packaging category: Environmental Impact and Innovator of the Year. Its innovation rests in taking existing refrigerated container technology for temperature-critical shipments and pairing it with a “depot”-style logistics system to create a viable sustainable alternative for cold-chain shipping.
“When using reusable, returnable shipping containers, the cost of return logistics is what usually makes the use of the containers unfeasible,” explains Intelligent Thermal Solutions CEO John Howe. “In the depot system, the customer does not own the containers, but rents or leases them. The system is used to accept the containers at the end of the shipment to eliminate the cost of returning them to the origin. Read more.