The need for a superior customer experience is driving a massive transformation in the cold chain industry. Cold chain industry is undergoing huge pressure on costs and hence improving productivity has become an imperative. The total market value of Indian cold chain industry is expected to reach Rs 64,000 crore by end by 2017 and is expected to register a magnificent CAGR of around 25.8 per cent. The location of cold storages in India is highly concentrated to a few states. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Punjab, Gujarat etc., are the hubs of cold storages in India.
Modern material handling equipment with optimum racking solutions drives efficiency in cold chain warehousing. Cold store warehouses are now opting for Double-deep stacking ,both Cold and Dry Store facilities , where multiple pallets of the same products must be stored and high product turn-over rates are conducive to the FILO, (First in Last Out), principal. The double deep storage upsurges warehouse capacity by up to 30% compared to "single-deep" warehouse manoeuvres, allowing the lift truck to access all double-deep storage spaces from a single aisle. It has become a very popular choice in "high throughput" operations as it maximizes space utilization and improves storage density in order to help reduce operational costs, but has a range of challenges which needs to be dealt with
Double deep reach trucks are designed specifically for demanding applications with greater lift and travel speeds and higher lift heights. It permits operators to be seated, lean or stand with optimum flexibility. Double-deep reach trucks reach twofold as deep as average forks and has competency of handling two pallets from the same side of the aisle leading to improved accessibility, saving up to 30% floor space.