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Installation of Ultra Holding Units under sunny skies, installation June 2022

How to avoid costly call outs this summer

  • June 22, 2022 /
Installation of Ultra Holding Units under sunny skies, installation June 2022

With an increase in temperatures, any units will be under increased pressure to maintain and reduce temperatures. To avoid potentially costly call-outs here are our summer tips below:

  1. Check condenser coils at the back of the unit aren't blocked or dirty. This may prevent enough air being circulated around the unit causing parts to overheat and not work to their optimum performance.
  2. Check there is no ice build up on the evaporator inside the unit. The area in which cold air is circulated into the unit can become built up with ice, which becomes a blockage to the cold air circulating keeping products cold. Running regular defrosts, and ensuring that any water is draining freely, will help to reduce any ice building up in your unit.
  3. Make sure to try and reduce door opening as much as possible. Doors openings allows warm external air to enter, meaning the unit has to work harder to cool more air. Although some door openings can't be avoided to add and remove stock, try and keep these to a minimum in warm weather.
  4. Ensure strip curtains provided are still in place. Although they can seem like a pain to work around, strip curtains are vital in helping to retain cool air within the unit during door openings. They also go some way to blocking warm air from entering the unit.
  5. In warmer weather it's especially important to make sure you follow the 'Daily Operation Checks'. These are provided to you when you first receive the unit, and many of our units have them written on them with stickers. But if you would like this sent to you then please don't hesitate to contact us on 0333 320 26 20 (Option 2).
Green shoots rising from UK money/Pound Sterling to illustrate the savings any business can expect when they replace existing portable blast units or holding units with Blue Cube's Ultra Range

It’s all in the positive data.

  • June 9, 2022 /
Green shoots rising from UK money/Pound Sterling to illustrate the savings any business can expect when they replace existing portable blast units or holding units with Blue Cube's Ultra Range
A new dawn of transparency.

Transparency: a key value of Blue Cube and something we are proudly synonymous with providing all customers with. Transparency includes offering customers the opportunity to "test drive" our new units, allowing them to put these through their paces in a real-world environment. Data, run independently from Blue Cube via the customers themselves, is then accrued and verified. This includes by our own in-house tech' experts, who remotely monitor the performance of all applicable units.  

Commitment to vigorous trialling pays dividends. 

Transparency also means we openly report the findings of these trials. Our brand new Ultra Range, officially launched in spring, went through an 18 month extensive trial period. Performance data was then analysed; allowing Blue Cube to accurately report areas of improvement to our UK manufacturer partners. The result is that at launch, the Ultra Range was already significantly optimised compared to the units initially installed at the beginning of the trial. 

Positive, real-world insights into superior performance. 

Performance data is constantly being reported, monitored and analysed. As such, we have sufficient data from various customers to provide an accurate insight into the real-world savings our Ultra Range of portable holding stores, in both freezer and chiller application. Both make for impressive reading.

An annual saving of £10,334.86 per unit is very promising. The figure is created by analysing the mean KW/h, over a 24 hour period. The Climate Change Levy is also included.

Here's the same comparison but this time with the Ultra Holding Unit set in chiller application.  
Real- world data from Blue Cube Customer partners illustrating the energy bill savings of running our Ultra Holding Units compared to existing comparable units.

 Combined therefore, savings averaging £8600 per annum can be expected.  Factor in that many businesses operate multi-sites and therefore have multiple units, the reported savings run into the £100,000s every year. 

What are your next steps? 

We recognise that every business is different and factors including produce, on-site power supply and business location can directly impact the data we use. However, the above data is itself an average from multiple sites, multiple businesses and multiple produce. Therefore, there is a high confidence in the accuracy of these indicative savings. 

Exactly what your businesses will save is something we will look in depth into, part of the extensive process we go through with all customers to ensure that the units we provide are fit for purpose. 

To find out how much your business could save, why not click on the button below, spark up an informal conversation with the Blue Cube team and collectively, let's explore what savings and other performance-related benefits adopting an Ultra Range holding unit can offer you. 

Image taken by Blue Cube of the ITT Hub, Farnborough, May 2022

The Future is Now. Logistics sector awash with excitement

  • May 13, 2022 /
Image taken by Blue Cube of the ITT Hub, Farnborough, May 2022

The ITT and Cold Chain Hubs joined forces for the first time to great effect this week. With our new MD Alan's recent background from the transport sector, the show was a fantastic opportunity for Alan and the wider team to put faces to names. Equally, there was plenty of buzz throughout the event with respect to the electrification of the industry. 

The Future Is Now

It became even more apparent that the industry has long since passed the dawn of the electrification revolution. Trudy Harrison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT) exclusively announced a fresh £200m zero emission HGV Funding, whilst there was plenty of debate about the pros and cons of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in general. For anyone interested, our own Marketing Manager Pete wrote this blog post about this subject matter last year. 

Outside-despite the first day's washout, there was plenty of evidence of many British manufacturers embracing this revolution, including from industry stalwarts such as DAF, and exciting start-ups like Volta Trucks.

A future embraced by Blue Cube. 

 As Blue Cube operates our own fleet, these changes will affect us as well. Small, positive steps are already in place, including the installation of recharging points at both our Tuxford and Stafford sites. Keep your eyes peeled across our socials in the coming weeks for an official announcement on that front. 

Cold Chain Hub

A bold, strategic move was made to bring Cold Chain Hub into the ITT Hub. The synergies between the industry we directly support and the wider Logistics/Transport are natural. This synergy was clear as the many visitors attended both. Blue Cube are looking forward to working closely with the organisers for next year and beyond. We will announce our plans in the coming weeks, again across our socials.

Two images in one of the Cold Chain Federation Celebration event at London's Houses of Parliament, May 2022. Taken by Blue Cube's Alan Hunt
Cold Chain Celebration

Blue Cube has been purposely strengthening its relationship and reputation within the Cold Chain sector, including fostering a blossoming partnership with the Cold Chain Federation. It was therefore a great occasion last Tuesday (10th May 2022) to accept the invitation to attend the CCF's Celebration of the Cold Chain. Held at the Houses of Parliament, the event combined both members, MPs and the wider industry to celebrate its superb efforts during the Pandemic. Simply put, the industry kept us all fed. Why not read this engaging post from the CCF Policy Director Tom Southall?

For Alan, it was an ideal opportunity to meet the industry for the first time in his new role. 

Let us know what you think! 

What do you think about the electrification revolution? Where do you see the ultimate, final goal? Hydrogen/Fuel cell? We'd love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, do follow us across our socials as we share, engage and opine about this topic. Remember, we have solutions tailored to benefit the logistics sector, so please contact us for advice, for any portable temperature control challenges you may be facing.

New Blue Cube MD Alan Hunt

New Financial Year; New MD: Blue Cube begins an exciting new chapter with key appointment.

  • April 29, 2022 /
New Blue Cube MD Alan Hunt

Blue Cube has begun the new financial year with a new Managing Director Alan Hunt, who most recently held the same role at leading trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull. This key appointment comes after a hugely successful tenure of Steve Blakemore. Blue Cube's Marketing Manager Pete caught up with Alan to enable the boss to share his initial thoughts, plans and what makes him tick.

1) "What are your initial thoughts about Blue Cube?"

"The pride and the quality of our team is exceptional. It was immediately clear to me that everyone is genuinely interested, fully committed and on board with our ambitious company's plans. This team all helped enable the business to report its two most successful years on record, concurrently. This is even more impressive given the well-reported challenges all businesses have had to navigate these past few years. This opinion is validated by our own customers, partners and suppliers."

2) "What excites you the most?" 

"The aspirations of our team. All want to achieve more; invest in themselves and the future of the business. This all-team aspiration forms the foundation for us to continue to offer the best possible product and service for all the expanding business sectors we provide solutions to."

3) "Aside from further strengthening our all-round customer experience, what is your vision for Blue Cube?"

"My vision is to expand and lead with our technology-based solutions, wrapped around a best-in-class service. This in turn will enable our team to have more intelligent, informed conversations with our customer partners. Conversations about their specific operational requirements; using the technology' our own team has created to provide evidence-based solutions. The success of our exclusive Ultra range was borne out of this approach."

4) "The business landscape and outlook remains challenging. What solutions do Blue Cube have in place to assist our existing and potential customer partners?" 

"We differentiate. We are increasingly well-known for offering a high quality, "more than just a box" solution that resonates with our customer partners. As one example, our proactive monitoring, which allows for real-time efficiencies to be reported our customers. One of our mantras is to increase "uptime."  

5) "Tell us a bit more about yourself:"
i) "Tea or coffee?" 

Tea (FYI Milk, no sugar!) 

ii)"Favourite tipple?" 

"Whisky!" (Scottish, single malt, should anyone wish to buy Alan a drink at a bar!)

iii)"Favourite pastime, besides family time?"

"Cycling and motorcycling. I am also a keen Crown Green Bowls player."

Alan (and Blue Cube) will be attending the ITT Hub in a few weeks' time. Blue Cube is also increasingly involved with the Cold Chain Federation, so keep an eye out across our socials for exciting news in this capacity.  

You can engage directly with Alan on LinkedIn, whilst the whole Blue Cube team is on hand to assist wherever, whenever, on 0333 320 26 20. 

Cold Storage Facilities

New, free Business Carbon Calculator utilised by Blue Cube

  • March 25, 2022 /
Image of both an Ultra Smart Hybrid and Portable Holding Unit, exclusive from Blue Cube. Both images depict the units being carefully installed via a crane at Blue Cube customer partners' sites.
What is the SME Climate Hub? 

Actions often do indeed speak louder than words. Adapting a business so that it ultimately becomes Net Zero is one fine example. No more "blah blah blah" as a certain Greta infamously mocked world leaders at last year's COP26.

Fortunately for businesses, there are plenty of free resources available that can facilitate such adaptation. One such resource Blue Cube has recently begun to engage with is the SME Climate Hub. The Hub:

"is a global initiative that aims to mainstream climate action in the small to medium sized business community, and enable SMEs to build resilient businesses for the future."  (SME Climate Hub)

With the exciting launch of our "Smart Hybrids," Blue Cube has already begun to make significant progress. Attending the Hub's latest Webinar in March was therefore particularly pertinent.

Informative Webinar inspires Blue Cube

Entitled: "this is how we get to net zero: empowering businesses to tackle climate change," the Webinar was an informative and thoroughly engaging event attended by a global audience. 

Particularly inspiring was the introduction of a brand new Business Carbon Calculator (BCC.) The Calculator has been created by a Stockholm based, global company called Normative and is free to use. 

Unlike other Calculators, the BCC covers all three "scopes," which every business will need to achieve if they are to reach Net Zero. Once a pleasingly straightforward survey has been completed, the BCC will calculate your business' carbon emissions. Most usefully, it will also provide us with clear guidance as to how to further reduce our emissions. The Business Carbon Calculator can be accessed via this link, and is well worth a look for your own operations. It is also not restricted to just SMEs, so will be relevant to many of our customer partners. 

Our Green journey has only just begun. 

We aim to have completed our own survey shortly and use this as its intended benchmark. From this, internal discussions will determine our next course of action, including possibly signing up to the SME Climate Hub Commitment. 

Engaging with you, our customer partners. 

It is essential that we continue to gauge both existing and potential customer partners' opinions. If anyone would like to discuss this in more detail directly, we would love to hear from you.  

In the meantime, keep an eye out on all our social media channels as continue to launch our Ultra Range and share updates on our own green journey.

Blast Chiller Hire

Exciting new era of the Ultra Range is here! How will this benefit your business?

  • March 9, 2022 /
Portable blast freezer Smart Hybrid unit, exclusively supplied by Blue Cube. Image shows a unit being installed via a crane, at a customer partner site, late February 2022
A new age of portable temperature controlled units has arrived!

There is even more excitement amongst the whole Blue Cube team at the moment. After an extensive period of real-world trials and testing, we're delighted to be officially launching our exclusive Ultra Range. The Ultra Range includes both Smart Hybrids, which include portable blast freezers, tempering and cooling units, plus portable holding stores. These holding stores are suitable for warm rooms, chillers or freezers. In this, our latest blog post, we examine how the Ultra Range can revolutionise your own businesses.

Ultra Range "Smart Hybrids." 

Why "Smart Hybrids?"  Working exclusively with our UK manufacturing partners, we have developed a unique cooling system that combines the benefits of both end and cross flow. All brand new appropriate units we supply will be Smart Hybrids. 

More capacity; less cost.

The Smart Hybrid units' cooling system also means there's more capacity than in comparable units. An increase in capacity is a real advantage for businesses, especially in the food and logistics sectors. 

At least a 33% increase in production performance.

During the real-world trials, customer partners of Blue Cube ran their own tests. Our in-house Tech teams used the data from this to optimise the performance still further. Real world tests, which required adding various different food products, prove that on average, the Ultra range Smart Hybrid blast freezers reach their required temperature in at least 33% less time. For example, if an existing blast freezer took 12 hours to reach this temperature, our Smart Hybrids took just 8. 

Customer partners therefore not only benefit from an optimised capacity within their blast units, the production capacity of their operations is significantly improved. One Director of manufacturing from a key account comments:

“Even in the short time we have had these Ultra units, our operations teams are already reporting a real difference, including a significant reduction in production time.
Exceptional energy efficiency.

These tests have also highlighted significant improvements in the energy efficiency of in particular the Smart Hybrid tempering units. These units can be up to four times more efficient. This is because they use a heating system that has been exclusively developed for Blue Cube. Energy efficiency has arguably never been more pertinent than in the present day.

Advanced Telemetry system. 

Making all of our customer partners' working lives as easy as possible is a core focus for us all here at Blue Cube. Both ourselves and our UK manufacturing partner invested considerable time accordingly on an advanced telemetry system. This provides any operator, with real-time performance and operating data, all displayed in a user-friendly interface. 

Two Ultra Range Smart Hybrid units in situ, after through-the-day installation at a Blue Cube customer site.
Where next?

Our Sales teams are on hand to discuss the specific advantages for your own businesses. You can contact them via email or the main number. In addition, we have created a rather handy Infographic you can download, read at leisure and share internally. 

In the meantime, keep an eye out on all our social media channels, especially Instagram, where we host our brand new "Reels" videos, including a quick overview of this Range 

Missing jigsaw piece-style generic image with Join The Team text, used for blog post for Blue Cube's current vacancies

Exciting new roles @ Blue Cube as we continue to blossom!

  • February 16, 2022 /
Missing jigsaw piece-style generic image with Join The Team text, used for blog post for Blue Cube's current vacancies

Our focus on offering the most modern, highest capacity portable temperature solutions to our customers continues to strongly resonate. With proactive support from our parent company Turner Group, we will always look to make strategic additions to our team, when demand requires it.

With all that in mind, we're delighted to be looking for talented, fun-loving people to join Team Blue Cube in the following positions:

1) Business Development Manager-South

Ideally, you will be living below the North/South "border" of the Watford Gap services, such as the Home Counties. The majority of our Southern-based customer partners are in and around London, and the area has been well looked after by existing Blue Cube team members. Please contact our UK Sales Manager Lisa for job spec' and more information.

2) Service Manager-Stafford

Service is at the heart of everything we do at Blue Cube. In what is a brand new position for us, we´re looking for an experienced Service Manager to further optimise the service we offer all customer partners. Please contact our IT & Technical Manager Christopher for more information.

3) Service Engineers-Remote based

Our Service Depot has had a huge positive impact on our business. If you are a Service Engineer with experience in maintaining or repairing the same or similar products to our extensive portfolio, we would love to hear from you!

4) Refrigeration Engineers and Bodywork Specialists-Remote based.

Our Service Depot is a real hive of activity. All appropriate portable temperature controlled units benefit from a tech' and refrigeration upgrade at the end of their rental term. Every unit will also get repaired, including a fresh lick of paint via our specialist spray room facility. Tuxford is just off the A1 Newark, (North Nottinghamshire) so if you live in the North Midlands or South Yorkshire in particular and have the experience, please get in contact with us today.

One of Blue Cube's portable temperature controlled units being craned into position at an undisclosed site in the United Kingdom

How our unique partnerships with UK manufacturers can benefit your business

  • January 24, 2022 /
One of Blue Cube's portable temperature controlled units being craned into position at an undisclosed site in the United Kingdom

Blue Cube is a proactive, ambitious and blossoming company. Nurturing partnerships with both clients and our manufacturing partners are two foundations of our commitment to offering a best-in-class service. In this, our latest blog, we focus on our relationships with our British manufacturing partners. What are the principle benefits this partnership delivers for our customers?

1) Reduces carbon footprint

Carbon footprint is defined by the WWF as:

" the total amount of greenhouse gas released in the production and. consumption of all the goods and services you use."

Given that half of the UK's carbon footprint emissions (2020: 326.1 million tonnes (Mt)) derives from overseas activities, on-shoring manufacturing is a positive step. Naturally, anything "Made in Britain" will utilise a global supply chain but crucially, the design and explicit manufacturing process is carried out in the UK.

Blue Cube only uses UK manufacturers. All have an expertise in the manufacturing of the portable temperature controlled solutions we offer. Why not contact our team if you would like more detailed information about how this can benefit your operation?

2) Engenders closer partnership

Portable temperature controlled units are a specialist solution. This means we are able to focus on a genuine partnership with a defined number of manufacturers. Specifically, this enables us to play an active role in product development. We utilise this to work on optimising the performance across our product portfolio, especially in relation to them becoming ever more energy efficient. The best example of this is our brand new Ultra Range. Please click here if you would like to learn more about this.

3) Optimises lead times

The close relationship we have with our manufacturing partners is pivotal for coordinating production slots for new units to join our portfolio. We are committed to continue to expand this portfolio every year.

4) Benefits economy and national employment

As the world gradually reopens from the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic, our partnerships supports the country's manufacturing sectors and the employment this generates. Working with these manufacturers also reduces red tape and more broadly ensures that the entire process runs more efficiently.

We would love to hear from you!

How important is supporting UK manufacturers to your business? Please let us know so we continue to align our strategy with our existing and potential customers.

For more information, Social Media is awash with relevant content. Follow Blue Cube on LinkedIn and Twitter in particular. For anyone interested, there is a weekly "Made In Britain Hour" (Thursday 1-2pm GMT/BST) which will help strengthen the understanding of the UK manufacturing sector and its capabilities.

The Blue Cube logo that is on the Stafford HQ office wall

Blue Cube begins the new year with a number of exciting plans!

  • January 7, 2022 /
The Blue Cube logo that is on the Stafford HQ office wall
Team Blue Cube welcomes fresh talent

We have begun 2022 as we mean to continue. We have welcomed a new Business Development Manager, Kayla, to our dynamic and experienced sales team. We have also continued to expand our in-house expertise at our Service Depot, whilst still on the look out for other super talented people to join us. Do you know anyone? Are you the one? Jump onto our LinkedIn page for further details.

What's happening?! 

In the coming months, some significant changes will become apparent. All will only further enhance our service offering to our expanding client list. 

First on the agenda is a brand new website. After an extensive process last autumn, we are thrilled to be working with a leading digital marketing agency and some super talented freelancers. The UK Gig economy is awash with such talent. Their dynamic, specialist skills and proactive mindset are in perfect harmony with our own values. We cannot wait to show you the results-keep your eyes peeled across our active social media channels over the coming months. 

New products?

No successful business stands still. Blue Cube is blossoming. We remain as devoted to offering our clients a best-in-class service. This was one of the driving forces behind the significant investment at our Service Depot last year. The same approach is why we're super excited to be working with our exclusive UK manufacturing partners on some unique products. You will have to wait just a few more months for firm details so follow us across our socials!

Even more support

We made significant inroads last year in supporting our expanding customer base. As we settle into 2022, this support will become ever more apparent. This includes engaging with our UK manufacturing partners, the superb trade associations that represent our industries and the many talented individuals within it, who proactively offer solutions to the many challenges we all have to face.  

We're here to help you!

 Why not contact our team today on 0333 320 26 20 or info@bluecubepcs.co.uk ? We are on hand to respond to any queries or assistance, including our 24/7, 365 day a year National Support Team.  

We wish you all a healthy and successful 2022. 

Team Blue Cube. 

Blue Cube helps other businesses achieve their own sustainability goals.

Going green with Blue Cube has never been easier.

  • December 8, 2021 /
Blue Cube helps other businesses achieve their own sustainability goals.

As many businesses look to become more sustainable in how they operate, this often extends to their supply chain partners' services and practices. In this, our latest blog post, we look at how our extensive portfolio of portable temperature controlled solutions and services can assist any business achieve their own green goals.

Proactively supporting the UK manufacturing sector.

All Blue Cube units will have been built by our UK manufacturing partners. This means that the carbon footprint of these units is significantly reduced. This is especially the case compared to if the units were manufactured outside of the UK. 

Our UK manufacturing partners are also committed to reducing their own environmental impact. They're doing this by increasing the recyclable parts used in the construction of the units they supply us. More recyclable parts means a reduction in landfill, once the units finally reach the end of their lifespan. 

Rent, not purchase.

As our recent "Rental vs Outright Purchase" blog post and accompanying infographic highlighted, our units are mostly rented. With our new Service Depot now fully operational, we can further extend the lifespan of our portfolio, rather than send these to the scrapyard.

Retro-fit upgrades.

Our in-house team of Engineers have the ability to upgrade appropriate units' refrigeration to the latest version. We will do this whenever it is feasible and practical to do so.

With refrigerated units running 24/7, 365 days a year, there has understandably been a real drive for the industry to become more energy efficient.

More specifically, this relates to the so-called Global Warming Potential (GWP.) There are many resources available online that explain what GWP is, including this article. To avoid entering a cul-de-sac of complex technical terminology, wherever feasible, we'll upgrade the refrigeration used with R449a Gas. This has a GWP of 1397, compared to the R404a gas it is replacing, which has a GWP of 3922. The higher the GWP, the less environmentally friendly the unit is. Put succinctly, each time an appropriate retrofitted unit is rehired, their environmental impact is reduced. So accordingly will our customer partners'.

We're here to help you!

To find out more about how we can help your business meet its own objectives, why not contact our team today on 0333 320 26 20 or info@bluecubepcs.co.uk .

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