Maersk: Keeping cool in a hot market and contributing to curbing food loss

A.P. Moller - Maersk wants to address a vital need in global trade, and therefore it is developing an integrated cold chain offering that will reduce food waste, minimise complexity for customers and put the business in an even stronger position to tap into the high-growth market for perishable goods.

Importing and exporting fresh and frozen products involves multiple players with very diverse offerings. Global cold chains are so fragmented that companies, big and small, experience frustrating inefficiencies in the physical movement of goods. The coordination efforts are complex with many handovers and little transparency that ultimately lead to waste of both time and some of the goods being transported.

Maersk’s response to these customer challenges is the development of an integrated cold chain logistics offering. The ambition is to close major gaps in the supply chain and connect it through integrated end-to-end cold chain solutions that reduce cost  and waste, explained Katharina Poehlmann, Global Head of Cold Chain Logistics at Maersk:

“We are creating a one-stop shop that minimiszes the number of parties our customers need to deal with and delivers a consistent, high-quality value proposition and customer experience,” she said.

Maersk contributing to halving food loss - progress 2019/20
Maersk also aimed to leverage its services, products and capabilities to contribute to halving food loss in logistics.

The targets (2019 and extended to 2020) are to establish two global partnerships to address loss points in the food supply chain and to develop a metrics framework for food loss contribution and to guide the shared value of our business-related investments.


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