ALASKA MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP, INC.
Significant challenges exist in the shipment of perishable products into and out of rural Alaska. There are currently no reliable and affordable active cool chain shipping containers to ensure that products remain at the desired temperature throughout the shipping channel. Companies must rely on speed, gel ice, pre-freezing, and passive insulation to hold products at an acceptable temperature long enough to reach refrigeration storage at the destination or intermediate transfer points. Spoilage, loss, variable quality, shipping delays, and high shipping costs are a normal events in rural Alaska. These factors are barriers to business development in rural Alaska.
Tednologies, Inc. of Anchorage invented the TEDSBOX, an active cool chain shipping container, to solve these problems in rural Alaska. The shipping containers feature a built-in refrigeration system to maintain constant temperature (making the cooling process “active” instead of relying on “passive” insulation to slow heat loss). The containers also will feature Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems to record actual temperature throughout the shipping. The TEDSBOX was developed based on input from rural shippers, freight forwarders, processors, and other markets. The business opportunity is founded on the assumption that a more efficient shipping container will reduce the risk and cost of doing business in rural Alaska. Improved quality control will give investors the confidence to develop new seafood processing facilities, berry picking and flower contracts, new oyster farms, and make local grocery stores more affordable to operate.
The Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Inc. (AMEP) believes there is a strong prospect that the TEDSBOX units will result in the development of small private enterprises in rural Alaska. AMEP proposes to use RBEG funds to purchase some TEDSBOX units and set a new level of best practices in shipping by leasing the units out to processors, shippers and buyers. AMEP By building a pattern of use among shippers, AMEP plans to accomplish the following:
• Lower the risk and cost due to product loss from rural Alaska processors of seafood and specialty products.
• Lower the spoilage and loss rates for grocers and small retailers in rural Alaska.
• Establish a pattern of use and redefine best practices in shipping in rural Alaska.
• Open new markets for perishable rural products that were previously undeveloped.