Last week’s SMi Cold Chain Distribution conference in London focused heavily on the critical importance of monitoring and managing temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals throughout the supply chain. Topics ranged from compliance, quality and risk management to data security and in-transit temperature monitoring.
One of my favorite session titles was Why should I blow my budget on a specialist courier?
The answer to that question is because they know how to handle precious and sensitive cargo. Not all couriers can do that with the same level of precision and guarantee. I learned that particular lesson the hard way when some of our materials got stuck in customs.
As manufacturers and couriers are becoming increasingly dependent on temperature sensitive products and global logistics, it’s becoming increasingly important for the couriers and 3PLs to provide state-of-the-art value added services. Visitors at the Intelleflex exhibit were excited to learn that there’s now a solution on the market that delivers the ability to access temperature and condition data about a product in-transit through the packaging without having to open or unseal the container. There are multiple benefits to this approach. First, actionable data obtained in-transit can be used to correct for potential excursions before they occur, potentially saving precious cargo and reducing the risk of wasting a vaccine or medicine. Additionally, couriers can now provide a documented proof of quality, demonstrating that they have properly managed the shipment throughout transit – something that they can’t presently do with USB data loggers.
The challenges faced in Europe are the same as those faced in America and Asia-Pac: optimizing cold chain operations to improve profitability. Actionable data about the condition of a product as it moves through the supply chain does just that. If you’d like a copy of the presentation that Peter Mehring delivered at the conference, please email me and I’ll send you a copy.
Senior Director of Marketing