Posted on January 29, 2019
Have you ever wondered where your temperature-controlled medicine is stored? Or where your groceries were stored before you purchased them online? The answer: cold storage.
The Cold Storage Increase
The cold storage industry is booming. According to the Morning Call, the leading media company in the Lehigh Valley (home to Victaulic World Headquarters), developers submitted plans for 11.7 million square feet of warehouses over the course of the last two years.
With the rise of online shopping, the demand for storage and distribution centers, especially cold storage facilities continue to increase. According to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), an American Food Marketing organization that provides comprehensive resources for the food, pharmacy and grocery retail industry, online grocery sales are expected to rise from 3% in 2017 to 13% by 2024. The United States Commercial Real Estate Services (CBRE) argues the demand for as much as 35 million square feet of cold storage space will shift from retail stores to distribution centers.
The Motley Fool, a multimedia financial company that provides leading insight and analysis about stock, helping investors stay informed, estimates there are more than 80 million people with Amazon Prime. With this information, Amazon is better able to predict what their customers want, how much of it and when. Since the acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017, Amazon can better understand their customers grocery buying habits and better tailor grocery shopping to the individual. Since Amazon has procured more than 460 centers with cold storage, it has put temperature-controlled distribution centers within 10 miles of approximately 95% of prime members.
How is Cold Storage Fire Protection Different?
There are many challenges found in fire protection systems installed in cold storage facilities. The main causes of fires in cold storage facilities are High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting, commonly found in warehouses. This type of lighting is responsible for 12% of warehouse fires; equipment necessary in cold storage is combustible and ammonia-based refrigeration equipment commonly used within refrigerated warehouses and in concentrations of 15-28% it is flammable. Another key issue preventing superior protection is seal integrity, compromised by differential movement; space for install and service and torque and corrosion associated with threaded sprinklers and black pipe.
Like Amazon, understanding the wants and needs of the customer is important to Victaulic. That’s why the VicFlex™ Style AB6 Bracket is available for cold storage applications. It eliminates guesswork, combats differential movement, allows for one-person installation, and is flexible, adjustable and adaptable. Offering confidence, speed, and performance, everyone wins.