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Changing Cold Chain Industry, Meet InsulWall

The Cold Chain Industry is changing.  InsulWall can help. We’ve seen the onset of more home delivery operations and expectations, more fresh food alternatives, more online ordering of grocery and restaurant delivery. 3PLs and cold storage warehouse operators have become increasingly aware of and invested in reducing energy consumption and adopting sustainable operations to help maintain perishable inventory’s temperature requirements and fast turns.

Consider the following trends:
  • According to the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), the average occupancy rate of cold storage warehouse currently exceeds 85%.
  • The projected increase in online grocery sales is fueling demand for more cold storage warehouse space. An FMI/Nielsen report indicates a projected pattern of growth from $19 billion to $100 billion in 2024.

An example of a unique InsulWall application is Port Jersey Logistics (PJL), a full-service 3PL provider of warehousing, transportation, and value added solutions to the central New Jersey marketplace.  Port Jersey Logistics has a unique application of needing to keep olive oil warm, not cold.  Initially, PJL used an industrial curtain to partition warehouse space to create a warm environment- this proved to be ineffective and costly.  InsulWall, the insulated curtain wall, was introduced to easily partition the space needed for the olive oil inventory to stay warm and consistently at correct temperature.  Olive oil inventory is seasonal in nature; InsulWall was taken down during off-season.  Read more about PJL and its InsulWall application here>

InsulWall® helps cold storage providers create unique temperature zones in a matter of days. With the flexibility to move, expand, and be stored for future use – InsulWall is the sustainable, modular wall that provides the ability to roll with consumers’ changing buying behaviors and perishable temperature requirements.


For more information on InsulWall and how we can help your business, please give us a call at 800-323-7424.

All Hail, Pale Ale – Craft Beer Trivia, Storage, InsulWall

‘Tis the season to raise a glass of……craft beer.  The craft beer business is booming. In 2017, craft beer grabbed 12.7% market share of the overall beer market.  From pale ales, IPAs, lagers, stouts, and more – there’s a craft brew for everyone’s taste.  As you raise a glass this holiday season, raise a few eyebrows with your craft beer fact prowess.

Here are five random facts that are sure to solidify your position as the smartest craft beer person in the room:

According to 24/7WallStreet, North Dakota drank more beer per person than any other state in our union. Meaning that each person in 2013 would have had to drink 43.6 gallons of beer.

  1. Mississippi and Alabama legalized home-brewing in 2013.
  2. America’s largest craft beer brewery is… Yuengling. According to the Brewers Association,Yuengling, brewing beer since 1829, topped the craft beer sales chart in 2017.
  3. India Pale Ale — a hoppy style of beer within the pale ale category –  is the most popular style craft beer.
  4. Beers that are released by big mega brewers that look like craft beers are termed “crafty beers”.

In all seriousness, craft beer has proved to be more than a passing craze.  Beer distributors across the country are grappling with storing a proliferation of new craft beer skus and storing craft beer at the proper temperature to maintain freshness and quality.

Importance of Cold Temperature Storage (below 45°F)

Craft breweries strive to ensure their product’s flavor stability, which usually boasts greater malt and hop character, in addition to many flavor nuances not found in lighter styles. Fresh, consistent beer expresses the complexities that beer drinkers expect. Distributors can contribute to that goal by keeping all craft beer refrigerated according to specifications. Cold storage and shipping temperatures preserve the taste qualities of all beer, but it is even more important with full-flavored craft beers which are not usually flashed or tunnel pasteurized. Since beer spends more time at the warehouse, it is imperative that it is stored cold.

InsulWall Craft Beet Cooler

InsulWall Creates Modular, Temperature-Controlled Storage Areas for Craft Beer

InsulWall®, the insulated warehouse curtain wall, helps beer distributors create temperature-controlled areas of the warehouse to properly store craft beer. Hung from the ceiling joists, InsulWall’s panels install quickly and efficiently to create temperature-controlled warehouse space. Craft beer’s seasonality, such as the holiday season, can easily to be accommodated with InsulWall’s modularity and ease of movement. Simply move the wall to expand the storage area and move it back at the conclusion of the season.

See how GG Distributing used InsulWall® to accommodate its craft beer inventory without making permanent structural changes.  Here>

5 Key InsulWall Install Questions

1.  Is a building permit required?

InsulWall is considered a temporary wall and generally does not require a building permit.  The owner is responsible for conforming to all local municipality, building and fire safety codes and regulations.

2.  Can InsulWall be installed between existing racks and/or wide open space?

This is critical when determining type of lift equipment and cost.  Installing between an existing racking will require an articulating boom lift.  Installation in a wide open space will require a scissor lift wide and tall enough to handle the 5’ wide panel and highest elevation where the curtain will be hung.

3.  How does InsulWall work with bar joists running parallel or perpendicular with the wall?

  • Perpendicular – a separate valance will be required for the height of the bar joist. The main panel will be hung from the underside of the bar joist. All field cuts for sprinklers, conduit and beams will be done in the valance.
  • Perpendicular – sometimes Unistrut is required to span between the joist for added support of the main panel.
  • Parallel – the main panel will hang from the top of the joist /deck to the finished floor.

4.  Does the installation require union or non-union labor?

Must know type of labor before the quotation is presented to the client. Union labor will significantly increase the cost of the installation compared to non-union labor.

5.  How does InsulWall work with a fluted deck or gap between the top of the joist to the deck?

To maintain a tight seal and prevent air escaping to the other side of the wall & condensation forming, spray foam is blown into the flutes of the deck or open space eliminating any air gaps.

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InsulWall Helps New Labeling Equipment Stay Cool

Heat and humidity are not friends to this manufacturing company’s new labeling equipment. As the summer months were approaching and temperatures start soaring, a solution was needed to contain this new labeling environment to control the heat and humidity levels.  In addition, the wall solution needed to  provide the company with flexibility, ease of installation, and cost-effectiveness; cue InsulWall

InsulWall® an insulated, flexible curtain wall was selected as the solution to protect the new labeling equipment.  Our insulated curtain wall was installed quickly and worked with the building’s infrastructure and doors.  Not only is it made from a flexible material – vinyl – providing “give” when hit by forklifts or warehouse equipment, it also provided for the flexibility to expand, move, or store for future uses.

InsulWall helped this manufacturing company protect its new labeling equipment to ensure optimal performance.  What equipment or processes do you have that require temperature and / or humidity control?  We can help.

Epic Before & After Dock Enclosure Transformation

Is your unprotected loading dock allowing cold air, snow, sleet, bugs and rodents into your warehouse?  This manufacturer utilized InsulWall’s thermal and modular properties to create a safe employee environment and conserve on energy costs.

InsulWall Doc Enclosure

Project highlights:

  • InsulWall was installed in less than three days, complete with on-site fabrication of door cutouts, dock doors, and ceiling penetrations.
  • InsulWall as installed on a track system to allow for the flexibility to remain open, weather permitting.
  • InsulWall delivered:
  • Savings on energy costs;
  • Improving employee safety, comfort, and productivity; and
  • Economical alternative to a permanent wall system.

Click Here to read more about InsulWall – its versatility, flexibility and temperature control properties.

3PLs Love InsulWall. Here’s Why.

InsulWall allows you to create temperature-controlled space quickly for faster revenue generation.

What’s impossible with traditional drywall or lumber, is possible with InsulWall.

  1. InsulWall creates temperature-controlled spaces and easily works with the building’s infrastructure.
  2. InsulWall can be installed in a matter of days with minimal business interruption.
  3. InsulWall provides modularity and flexibility for clients’ changing temperature-controlled needs.

For more information on InsulWall, CLICK HERE or call us at 800-323-7424.

Warm Meals & Wishes this Holiday from Randall Warehouse

This holiday season Randall Warehouse is proud to continue our partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank as they provide meals for over 70,000 hungry neighbors each week.

In our customers’ honor, we continue our support – to bring a warm meal – and warm wishes of peace, hope, and joy – for all.

Warm holiday wishes,

The Randall Warehouse team


Join Randall Warehouse at IWLA 2017 next week in sunny Palm Springs, California where warehouse logistics leaders gather to learn, improve processes and programs, and network. Kristine Grudis at Booth 213 will be answering tough challenges facing 3PLs and warehousing professionals, like:

WHAT IF?…….. a new client requires temporary cold storage space?

WHAT IF?………you are cooling a larger space than necessary to maintain temperature control?

WHAT IF?………you are forecasting more perishable inventory coming into your ambient space?

WHAT IF?………the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is causing you to rethink how you maintain the cold chain through the supply chain?

Warehouse facility managers and 3PLs alike are facing unique challenges in managing their warehouse space within a changing client landscape and new regulations. Today, solutions like InsulWall® need to provide flexibility, speed, and a fast ROI to meet the needs of business today.

Space needs change with client’s needs. That means permanent walls may not be the solution to partitioning warehouse space where inventory and clients change or space is leased and permanent structural changes are not feasible. InsulWall provides the flexibility to create temperature-controlled space to the exact dimensions needed with the ability to expand, move or be be taken down quickly. InsulWall’s 5 foot wide panels are constructed of a tough vinyl exterior that sandwiches recycled insulation. The panels are available in a variety of R values and are velcro’d together.

Vacant warehouse space equates to lost revenue. Being able to accommodate client needs quickly is the name of the game today. InsulWall is the warehouse divider wall solution that installs quickly and works within the building’s infrastructure. Our team of installers or yours can quickly hang InsulWall and do onsite fabrications for doorways, conveyors, or dock areas.

Fast ROI
Flexibility, speed and agility are necessary but the other side of the equation needs to work as well. InsulWall is an economical alternative to permanent structures when comparing construction and installation costs, material costs, energy savings, ability to move and reuse. A recent InsulWall application at the GAP yielded a 1.2 year return on investment.

No need to lose sleep anymore – InsulWall is solving temperature and space challenges in a variety of industries and applications. Let’s talk about your application.

For more information on InsulWall, visit our website, www.randallwarehouse.com, or call us at 800-323-7424.


Do you have conveyor systems, door frames, pass-throughs that your warehouse walls need to accommodate?  These can be difficult requests when dealing with rigid panels and traditional drywall for your warehouse walls, but not for InsulWall

InsulWall®, Randall’s flexible insulated curtain wall, helps you not only separate temperature zones and humidity within your warehouse space, it also affords you the adaptability to easily accommodate penetrations like conveyor systems, door frames, and pass-throughs. Our insulated curtain walls can be easily modified and cut on-site during installation. This ensures correct measuring and allowance for building and ceiling variances that may not have been apparent during the initial design phase.

InsulWall Makes the Cut
Our insulated curtain wall is designed to be easily modified in the field without affecting or impacting its integrity. When drywall or rigid panels are cut to accommodate penetrations, many times this has a negative impact on the integrity of these walls causing product disintegration and dust. InsulWall is dust-free allowing for installation and modifications to be done on-site during working hours without safety implications or environmental issues for employees.

Go ahead put a hole in the InsulWall – it’s made to accommodate your building’s operations with ease.

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3 Ways To Protect Inventory On Loading Docks This Winter

Without proper protection, winter outside is winter in a warehouse. There is no escaping the cold, snow and wind when dock doors are opening and closing through the day. The challenge lies in protecting temperature-sensitive inventory from the frigid temperatures while on the loading dock.

Randall offers three ways to protect your temperature-sensitive inventory from fluctuations in temperature that can deteriorate product integrity. These solutions not only assist with protecting inventory from the threats of winter weather but protect employees, equipment and conserve energy.

Consider any combination of the three:

1 – Industrial, Non-Insulated Dock Enclosure Curtains

Randall’s Industrial Dock Enclosure Curtains are one of the most cost-effective and flexible solutions available in shielding interior and open, exterior loading docks during inclement weather. Designed to be stationary or retractable for loading during shipments and receiving deliveries, these curtains are made of 22 oz. coated heavy duty vinyl with Velcro® or magnet closures for curtain panels attachment to each other or the wall. These Dock Enclosure Curtains are custom made to fit the dock’s dimensions and can be made with a variety of vinyl colors, including clear to let the light shine in on those long, dark winter days.

2 – Insulated Dock Enclosure Curtains

Randall’s InsulWall® can be used around the perimeter of internal and external loading dock areas as an excellent thermal barrier. Installed on roller track, InsulWall can be simply rolled back from the bay door and closed when the job is complete. Windows can be sewn within InsulWall to keep the dock area bright and safe. When compressors and heaters are working overtime to keep the dock area at a temperature set point, InsulWall can help conserve energy by not over-taxing equipment to keep up with the outside temperature.

3 – Insulated Pallet & Cart Covers

Custom made to ensure maximum thermal protection and durability, Randall’s Insulated Pallet and Cart Covers are constructed of 420 denier polyurethane coated nylon with a variety of R-values available for insulation. No matter what your size or application, we can help design and manufacture an insulated, reusable cover that will fit your inventory dimensions and protect product while on the dock.

To learn more how Randall’s warehouse products save energy, help maintain temperatures and protect your important assets – employees, inventory and equipment – visit our website or call our team at 800-323-7424.