Products which fall under the category of beauty, health, wellness, or nature products, are responsible for the development of an industry valued at over $4 trillion around the globe, which should give you some idea of the universality of such products among the various peoples of the world. The kinds of products included in this category are:
- Food and beverages
- Hair products
- Body lotions
Some of the challenges faced by distributors of these kinds of products are unique to the category, while others are fairly common across the supply chain. Temperature control is quite often necessary when foodstuffs are involved, and it is sometimes important even for other products in this category. Lot control is also necessary since foods and other products must be traceable back to their origins in order for any kind of accountability to be valid.
Proper packaging will help to retain the integrity of the product on the interior, and it will also add to its exterior appeal. Strict hygienic procedures must be observed when any of the products in this category are being handled and stored, so as not to contaminate them with undesirable elements that may tend to degrade their effectiveness or usefulness.
The wholesale routing guides which are often consulted and followed to move these products through distribution channels and on to their final destinations require that some products remain refrigerated throughout each stop of the supply chain, and often that excessive moisture is avoided as well, so as not to degrade the products before being sold.
A third-party logistics provider can add value to the supply chain by offering a temperature-controlled warehouse which also manages humidity, and which will help to retain packaging in its original state. When necessary, warehouse personnel and other handlers can be trained to maintain hygienic handling and storage of perishable items, so that they arrive at a retail outlet in pristine condition.