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Industries That Can Benefit From Using a Refrigerated Van

Joe Dickman | May 4th, 2021

When transporting goods, it is essential to maintain the quality of everything you are carrying. If, for example, you were to ship frozen desserts from one state to another without ensuring a consistent temperature, the desserts would melt, and it would be a disaster for your business. This example illustrates the importance of having the right equipment for the job. A refrigerated van is a perfect vehicle for keeping goods at cold temperatures. If you’re curious if you might need one, we’ve created a guide on different industries that can benefit from using a refrigerated van.


Pharmacies may not spring immediately to mind when you think about refrigeration, but cold storage serves a key role in providing the medicine that many people rely on for their well-being. Some medical supplies, such as insulin or vaccines, are extraordinarily fragile and need to stay cool, or they might degrade and risk a patient’s health. Refrigerated vans help ensure those medicines can reach their communities and keep people safe.


You might wonder why flowers would require refrigeration. Many floral shops will deliver to a wide range of customers, from locals to those all over the country. Once they’ve cut or harvested a flower, the best way to prevent it from wilting is by keeping it between 34 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. The right refrigerated van will help flowers remain intact when delivering them to customers.


It would be awful to spend hours working on different meals to ship out, only to have them either spoil or lose flavor due to unideal conditions. Not only is it good practice to refrigerate your food for transport, but FDA regulations require specific temperatures for food. With refrigerated vans, your food will be climate-controlled for the length of its travel.

With all the different industries that can benefit from a refrigerated van, there’s a good chance you may need one. At Emerald Transportation Solutions, we offer many options, from large refrigerated vans to small refrigerated trucks. Feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have.

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What does under DOT mean?

Questions regarding DOT requirements come up often. 10,000 lbs GVW (gross vehicle weight) and over are commercial vehicles that fall under the Department of Transportation regulatory requirements.

What is the difference between GVW and payload?

GVW or Gross Vehicle Weight is the entire weight of the vehicle including the payload. The payload weight represents the amount of cargo you are hauling.

What is a self-powered unit and a vehicle-powered unit?

A self-powered unit has its own fuel source and will run independent of the truck. This is the heaviest and most expensive option. While vehicle-powered units run off the engine via a compressor mounted on the engine. These are less expensive and lighter in weight but you must run the truck or plug the electric standby into shore power.

What does K-factor mean and why is that important?

K-factor is a term that stands for the overall insulating value of the container (truck body). Quite simply the lower the K-factor the better the truck body will be able to maintain a given temperature and require less energy to do so.

How much lighter is a Poly Van vs a US spec body?

Poly Van bodies are very light. On average we estimate we are 75-150 lbs per foot lighter than a traditional sheet and post foamed in place body. These weight savings translates to less fuel burn and less CO2 emissions, along with added payload, the most important benefit.

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