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Food Delivery In Lockdown


The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the food delivery industry. As the world adjusted to social distancing and lockdowns, personal delivery services became a lifeline for struggling restaurants and grocery stores – and to meet the rising demand, temperature-controlled transit has rapidly expanded.

A taste for takeout

Despite dine-in closures leaving the food sector reeling, we saw the food-delivery sub-sector flourish. Popularity in takeout-delivery spiked in the early days of the pandemic, making it one of the fastest-growing markets – with AAL statistics showing 63.8% of Canadians had ordered food deliveries online in the last six months of 2020. Grocery giant Sobeys reported their e-commerce sales rose by 241% compared to 2019, and this boom in online shopping led to big investments in fulfilling delivery orders.

In a post-pandemic world, the public’s appetite for convenience is set to continue, with 49.4% of Canadians saying they’ll keep ordering online.

Changing consumer habits

With such a drastic shift in food delivery, the demand for temperature-controlled transportation has accelerated, in what was already a steadily growing industry. More and more companies are relying on third-party delivery channels to meet these changing consumer habits and Covid-19’s impact can be felt across the sector. Walmart is expanding its distribution network, with plans to hire more than 3,000 drivers. This means their in-home delivery option will soon be available to 30-million US households, five times the current level.

Beyond the food-delivery ecosystem

This steep increase in last-mile deliveries isn’t confined to the food sector either – it includes all perishable goods. Cold chain growth has amplified the importance of refrigerated transportation. From fresh groceries to life-saving vaccines, the safe delivery of products has never been more important. Many different industries rely on controlled temperatures to ensure their commodities arrive at their destination in optimal condition – and choosing the right reefer (refrigerated trailer) is key to quality delivery.

Food delivery with ATC's RT16 guarantees products arrive fresh every time.

Satisfying the appetite for convenience

So how can businesses meet this growing demand for convenience? Put simply, by knowing which type of reefer works best for what requirements. For direct-drive refrigeration solutions, powered by the vehicle’s engine, we have a choice of nose-mount and rooftop systems.

With no secondary diesel engines required, our nose-mount options make the refrigeration unit very reliable – meaning less maintenance, and lower cost of ownership. They’re designed for medium-to-large boxed trucks and trailers to support a wide variety of urban deliveries.

Our rooftop systems on the other hand are perfect for businesses looking to run smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, complete with D.C. electric standby for overnight operation. They’re specifically designed for compact-to-large high-top, extended wheelbase vans.

The solution provider

At ATC, we continuously update our products to meet the ever-evolving needs of today’s competitive markets, and we’re capable of customizing our solutions to suit specific temperature requirements. Depending on your cargo, you may need dual-temperature settings. Take florists for example. They often need to move sensitive tropical plants requiring a different environment to the rest of their product. We design and manufacture units to provide multiple customized settings that ensure all goods arrive fresh.

Whether you want a refrigerated solution for your company or customers, contact ATC today to find the best type, size and modification for any kind of operation. Find your nearest direct drive refrigeration specialist here.


Refrigerated Delivery Trucks

For many products, refrigerated delivery is not an option, It Is A Must!

Refrigerated delivery trucks have been such an integral part of the supply chain, that it’s impossible to imagine life without the products they transport. In 1938  Frederick McKinley Jones invented the Refrigeration unit. Later with the creation of the interstate highway system, refrigerated transportation of goods became and continues to be an important aspect of perishable and temperature sensitive products.

The cold chain as it is known is the method and process of transporting products while ensuring they remain fresh, kept from deterioration and losing their value. The global trade of perishable items has increased in the past years causing a larger demand for quick transportation. This is not only true for food, such as produce, meat, and dairy, but also for other sensitive items such as medical products and pharmaceuticals.

Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables. Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of dairy products.Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of pharmaceuticals.Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh meats.
Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of all your perishable foods.Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh seafood.Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of fresh bakery products. Mobile refrigeration by ATC Truck Refrigeration for delivery of pharmaceuticals.

The development of temperature-controlled products is growing at a rate that is more than double the rate of growth in non-temperature controlled products. Since its inception, mobile refrigeration has continued to improve as the demand has increased. Delivering temperature and time-sensitive goods like flowers, bakery, and dairy products, frozen foods, pharmaceuticals and even goods that require dual temperature settings during transport, are all made easier with a refrigerated solution from ATC.


Many businesses are looking to add more fuel-efficient vehicles to their urban delivery fleet and auto manufacturers provide a wide range of options for the growing van market. Reefers, as they are called, were initially used on straight trucks, semi or tractor trailers. Today, vans built as an alternative to traditional straight trucks provide a cost-effective and efficient design. From small cargo vans to high roof extended wheelbase vans with almost the same cargo carrying capacity as a traditional 12 ft straight truck, today’s refrigerated delivery vans are designed with utility, safety and the optimal cargo carrying capacity in mind. 


Choosing the right reefer system for your refrigerated delivery truck or van can be overwhelming. ATC offers several types of refrigeration units to meet your distribution needs. Whether it’s a fleet or a single delivery van, our direct drive refrigeration systems perform consistently. Your confidence is assured in knowing your fresh and frozen goods are safe, kept at the perfect temperature by reliable ATC refrigeration units.

  • ATC is an endorsed, Mercedes Benz Master Upfitter delivering quality engineered solutions for over 25 years.
  • Delivering temperature and time-sensitive goods are made easier with a proven, dependable refrigerated solution from ATC.
  • ATC’s refrigeration units do not require “special”  diagnostic equipment or software for the units to be repaired and serviced.
  • ATC’s electrical power distribution components are readily available and don’t require brand specific components.
  • ATC has a proven record of ensuring fresh deliveries and achieving business objectives.
  • Simplicity; Designed To Perform and Built To Last. 


ATC Truck Refrigeration is the solution provider you need for all your transport refrigeration solutions.
Contact the direct drive refrigeration specialist nearest you or call ATC today to see what our experience and products can do for you.

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