Manufacturers are going back to the drawing board to rethink their temperature-controlled supply chains.
Delivering temperature-sensitive flu vaccines to Laos required climate-controlled transport and impeccable timing.
Pharmaceuticals manufacturers face special supply chain challenges such as temperature control, security, chain of custody, and regulatory compliance, but successful strategies help deal with these issues.
When cold chain logistics provider Linfox had to distribute COVID-19 vaccines starting in late 2020, it partnered with Tive to gain real-time shipment location and condition visibility, achieving 100% cold chain performance.
Tive’s hyper-accurate location tracking capabilities and real-time condition monitoring allow Masterpiece International to manage high-value shipments, while providing clients with superior service and peace of mind.
This story examines techniques and solutions used to maintain the cold chain for human tissues, vaccines and seafood.
As supply chains continue to grow in complexity, here are the 5 V's that should top priority lists.
The need for supply chain resilience, visibility, agility, and control drives technology across multiple sectors.
The Port of Savannah is one of the first U.S. ports of call for fresh fruits and vegetables. New facilities, like Americold's warehouse, enable faster distribution channels for fresh and frozen food products.
Use these 10 tips to optimize cold chain operations.
In 2015, the USDA allowed the Port of Savannah to serve as a new entry point for cold-treated produce. To support the increased traffic for frozen and temperature-controlled fruits, vegetables, and proteins, Americold built a 15-million-cubic-foot state-of-the-art cold storage facility that opened in 2020.
From a wearable device to a blockchain-powered app and tag, these tracking innovations support item-level monitoring and streamlined inventory processes.
With the explosion of e-commerce delivery demands and shifts in supply chain practices, visibility is more important than ever. Here are 10 tips to help you optimize your business.
Cold chains need to be able to provide the right vaccines in the right condition and at the right time to be successful. Pharma companies can successfully distribute the COVID-19 vaccine if they can achieve true visibility and collaborate to creatively solve cold logistics issues.
Cold storage facilities have their own unique challenges and, therefore, require unique tools for optimized efficiency and cost savings. Here are 10 tips for optimal cold storage efficiency.
Most cold chain businesses say that taking extra measures to protect the workforce is their No. 1 issue, according to the Global Cold Chain Alliance's survey studying the ripple effects of COVID-19. Other key findings include:
Shippers can track inbound shipments until delivered and know if they may be delayed or delivered with damages or shortages by enlisting the assistance of a 3PL.
UPS Flight Forward Inc. and CVS Pharmacy have successfully completed the first revenue-generating drone delivery of a medical prescription from a CVS pharmacy directly to a consumer's home.
A large pharma company teams up with Hub Group to achieve compliance with the best service at a reasonable cost.
In today's increasingly omnichannel marketplace, good visibility is vital throughout the supply chain. Here's how to maintain optimal visibility at 10 key touchpoints.
Advances in technology, new regulations, and more personalized medicine offer both challenges and opportunities for pharmaceutical supply chains. Successful ones will leverage technology, share information, and embrace change.
New facilities in Indianapolis and Reno enable 3PL MD Logistics to support faster time to market for its life sciences and pharmaceutical customers.
CPG manufacturer uses Hub Group’s innovative tech to make better business decisions.
DHL Express has launched DHL Medical Express Service (WMX) between Brazil and the United States for pharmaceutical and clinical research sector shippers.
Larry Hotz, of WDSrx - Woodfield Distribution, LLC, draws from his experiences in the fashion industry to predict the future of the pharmaceutical supply chain.
The 2018 Digital Supply Chain Executive Survey conducted by Incisiv finds one force remains constant across manufacturers and retailers alike: More than half identify the need for real-time product visibility as the leading driver in digital supply chain investment.
Companies are reducing wastage and associated losses within clinical trial supply, according to a recent Pharma Logistics IQ report. Key trouble areas include: comparator sourcing, planning and forecasting, packaging and labelling, new EU regulation, and temperature-controlled logistics.
Achieving end-to-end real-time visibility across the supply chain can’t be an aspirational goal any more, it’s becoming a requirement to stay competitive and deliver the level of service customers want today.
Readers explore the fine line between supply chain visibility and transparency.
Visibility is more than just the latest buzzword on everyone’s mind and tip of the tongue. LeAnne Coulter of Schneider explains what visibility means and its value in your supply chain.
While the idea of tracking inventory in transit isn’t new, expanding cellular networks, improved battery technology, and advances in cloud computing are enabling low-cost, long-lasting, globally connected trackers that make real-time supply chain visibility possible. Peek into the future.
Globalization and technological advancements in refrigerated transportation systems and equipment are driving increased demand for temperature-controlled food across the globe.
Here are five steps to consider when implementing the Internet of Things across the cold chain.
An experienced and knowledgeable 3PL provider can help life sciences and pharmaceutical customers adopt VMI as a supply chain management practice.
When Dippin’ Dots needed more visibility in retail locations they teamed up with SEKO to get display freezers to market quickly.
Pharmaceutical companies face many challenges. To operate more efficiently manufacturers are turning to labeling to provide an edge in the face of these challenges.
Selecting effective weighing systems can boost supply chain operations. Time to weigh in on the latest developments and what supply chain professionals should look for in weighing technology.
From basic improvements like streamlining operations and increasing process efficiency to fully automating delivery trucks, technology is enabling much smarter, simpler supply chain management. Read about the three technologies making the most impact.
By managing inbound freight spend, shippers can decouple transportation costs from suppliers’ product charges and gain visibility to the lanes, volumes and synergistic opportunities that exist within their outbound network.
In time for the holiday season and other peak periods, retailers are stepping up their game in delivery, fulfillment, and warehousing technology to improve the effectiveness of existing resources.
Get ready for a supply chain paradigm shift. These technologies will cause shippers to rethink cost-cutting measures and rewrite logistics strategies.
Readers choose between cost and customer service as the most important selection criterion for a carrier or supplier.
These developments are helping the transportation industry to continually evolve.
The Internet of Things is about to shake up the supply chain. Shippers need to develop mid- and long-term IoT strategies.
More companies are relying on expedited shipping a regular part of their inbound transportation planning. However, intelligent systems are helping reduce the need for the Hail Mary emergency moves.
Airfreight forwarders face headwinds — from shippers shifting to ocean freight and fewer routes for air cargo shipments — and must learn to leverage opportunities.
Supply chain fraud remains significantly under scrutinized within many companies. Use these tips to help handle supply chain fraud.
Effectively mitigate demurrage and detention fees by taking an integrated approach to logistics, contract management, and supply chain visibility using a global trade management system.
Ensuring labeling accuracy and consistency is critical to supporting efficiency up and down the supply chain. Here's one approach that can ensure your labels boost supply chain activities.
A standards-based supply chain can provide an organization with the speed and accuracy required when it’s needed most—helping to manage risk during normal operations and at times of crisis.
Freight rail has become an integral part of many global supply chains, driving the need for complete visibility across modes and giving rise to a new suite of technologies. Shippers who know how to make effective use of these technologies gain an advantage.
Ice cream companies have to ensure their products maintain their quality as they travel from the manufacturing plant to distribution center to the retailer, and finally into the consumer’s shopping cart and home. Cold chain management and proper sanitation are key ingredients.
Enhancing supply chains with real-time visibility gives shippers the insight and details needed to operate quickly, accurately, and more effectively than ever before.
Annual report ranks fashion brands by supply chain transparency; Britain’s potential exit from the EU may have unpredictable supply chain impacts
Wholesale distributor Ideal Supply re-routed its delivery network through the cloud with the help of logistics technology provider Descartes.
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East Coast Warehouse & Distribution’s strategic port location brings both advantages and challenges. Its facility keeps supply chains rocking, serving as the crucial first step in importers’ distribution systems in the United States, through port delays and even Superstorm Sandy.
When Thermo Fisher Scientific wanted to improve worker safety in its bioproducts cold chain warehouse, it developed a novel deli-door solution that reduced the number of pickers in the cold storage and freezer spaces, dramatically improved picking safety and efficiency, and created more product storage space.
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
How milk and other dairy products moo-ve from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country - with udder efficiency.
If done right, an effective S&OP process can help you make faster and more profitable decisions, enhancing margins both internally and across the supply chain.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
Supply chain continuity planning is critical for global businesses. Armed with an end-to-end digital model of their supply chains, shippers can react rapidly and intelligently when unplanned events occur.
New regulations ensuring the integrity of the pharma supply chain are nearing the finish line. While some companies have taken an early lead to compliance, others are late getting out of the gate. Which team are you on?
As hospitals begin transforming to adapt to new healthcare initiatives, they are easing the pain by restructuring and streamlining supply chain operations.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Maersk Line helps one of their top refrigerated export customers overcome an operational challenge.
Smart shippers are already preparing and making changes to their supply chain operations to ensure they will be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act from day one.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Molson Coors Canada’s new delivery planning system integrates routing, pallet building, and truck loading.
Track-and-trace regulations require pharmaceutical shippers to adapt production and distribution processes to ensure compliance.
Perishable shipments such as produce and pharmaceuticals require temperature monitoring and careful handling.
Sensor-based logistics solutions monitor factors like temperature and humidity to protect perishable shipments.
Monitoring the pallet-level temperature of fresh, frozen, and packaged foods allows shippers and transporters to more effectively manage the quality and safety of products as they move through the supply chain, writes Kevin Payne of Intelleflex.
A look at the logistics challenges faced by companies shipping alcoholic beverages, and some practices for dealing with those challenges.
No longer hauling just fresh produce and other groceries, today’s truck and trailer refrigeration systems also keep other high-value loads at ideal temperatures and humidity levels so they arrive safely at their final destinations, writes Thermo King’s Tom Kampf.
Shipping fresh produce requires quick movement through the supply chain to prevent product spoilage. C.H. Robinson’s general managers, Gary York, Bob Biesterfeld, and Mark Petersen, provide advice for managing produce shipments.
A growing consumer interest in locally grown food is changing the way many food companies source products. Food quality and safety concerns, transportation costs, and local economic development efforts are compelling restaurants, groceries, and wholesalers to engage smaller producers and localize their supply chains.
Avoid costly delays when shipping perishables with these tips from Crowley Maritime Corporation's Nelly Yunta and Kip Douglas
The emergence of refrigerated container units provides more cost-effective rail and intermodal shipping for perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.
The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.
To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
A voice-enabled picking system keeps ice cream company Dreyer's Edy's workers productive and equipment functioning in sub-zero environments.
ProFlowers' time- and temperature-sensitive shipments create plenty of challenges for John Kuehn, senior vice president of supply chain operations. Here's how he nips problems in the bud.
A precise temperature-controlled packing and shipping procedure helps Advanced BioHealing ensure its biomedical product's safety and integrity.
While the use of last-mile delivery has increased in the pandemic era, the process has experienced various growing pains. A new consumer survey shows customers have encountered regular delays and would like to have greater visibility of their deliveries.
Sustainable shipping technologies in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry have come a long way, offering many supply chain benefits.
Maintaining optimum cargo conditions and temperatures during transport takes experience and know-how. Here are four attributes of effective and reliable cold chain shippers.
Without real-time visibility into your pharma shipment's location and temperature, you are risking costly failures in your supply chain.
When yogurt maker Noosa needed to sleeve bottles of drinkable yogurt while maintaining their temperatures, Verst provided solutions to make sure processes went smoothly.
The last mile will have to accommodate the reliable distribution of the billions of vaccines that providers will manufacture and ship in 2021. Here are the obstacles facing the supply chain.
Johnson & Johnson maintains its No. 1 spot on the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 list, which recognizes companies that advance healthcare by improving patient outcomes and controlling costs. Here are the healthcare leaders in 2020.
Timely deliveries are critical for Tacony, a manufacturer and distributor of sewing and floor care products. Learn how the family-owned company cut costs, streamlined transportation, and boosted service levels by collaborating with Sunset Transportation.
From real-time tracking to traffic advisories, 12 supply chain leaders share the technologies they would accelerate.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed holes in traditional linear methods of supply chain reporting, especially when shipments involve multi-tiered transportation models. To make real-time decisions, shippers need reliable, real-time intelligence, such as Mobile IoT.
Companies in all industries are struggling to ensure they have the PPE on hand to continue operating, and that is no easy feat. Some products and materials are scarce, and visibility into the supply chain is limited. What matters most is speed, agility, and risk mitigation—machine learning can deliver on all three of these important factors.
A leadershp profile of Robert Sappio, CEO, SeaCube Container Leasing.
What are the top supply chain differentiators and innovation drivers? According to the findings of BluJay Solutions' Focus on Customer Experience: Research on Supply Chain Priorities and Investments report, they include the following.
By providing visibility into the assets and processes that historically had no data feedback loop, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has allowed manufacturing organizations to leverage their incoming data to implement crucial initiatives such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.
Boll & Branch promises full comfort with zero chemicals.
New tools like blockchain and IoT, as well as advances in existing tools such as RFID, are helping companies gain greater visibility to their supply chains.
Before implementing supply chain visibility software, consider these four actions:
Seeing what’s happening throughout the supply chain is essential in today’s always-on, omnichannel shipping environment. Here’s how businesses can gain the insight and control they need as they move their goods around the globe.
Artificial intelligence is poised to transform supply chains with breakthrough capabilities to process real-time data and make intelligent recommendations. So where should you start?
Nurturing and maintaining delicate flowers throughout the supply chain is not for the faint-hearted. Here are a few stats showing logistics savvy in full blossom.
The UK Medicine and Health Products Regulatory Agency identified crucial mistakes in how wholesalers source and handle freezers and fridges used to store medicines.
From bananas to grapes and cherries, get the flavor of the fruit supply chain with these fun facts.
In order to gain true end-to-end supply chain visibility and unlock the full potential for strategic savings opportunities, shippers must get beyond the shipment level to the PO level.
UPS opened its new healthcare-dedicated facility to serve the growing pharmaceutical, biopharma, and medical device industry in Latin America.
The primary use for blockchain is improving supply chain transparency and traceability, according to a new benchmark survey focused on blockchain in supply chain management and trade finance. Other important advantages include transaction cost reductions and enhanced trust between supply chain partners.
Shippers are increasingly learning that to uncover efficiencies and forecast effectively they need visibility into their supply chains—including their payment process.
Utilizing mobile solutions such as a tablet can optimize management. Here are the features to consider when selecting a tablet for industrial needs.
Tune into these 12 Inbound logistics podcast episodes for illuminating logistics conversations as supply chain leaders offer tips and observations from the field.
Profile of Tony Small, chief business officer, Wiliot
The pandemic and shift to home dining and takeout changed the recipe for the food supply chain. Here’s how food companies are addressing new challenges.
Companies of all shapes and sizes can now compete with Big Tech by capitalizing on the new Internet of Everyday Things and a network infrastructure that’s already been built.
From managing distribution channels to boosting visibility and security, the pharmaceutical and life sciences supply chain mixes complexity with risk. Here are the technologies and strategies that inject efficiency into supply chains.
How can logistics professionals ensure time-critical shipments are more likely to arrive on time? Here are five critical factors.
These five actions will help you meet retailers’ expectations and standards, from packaging and appointment scheduling to advanced ship notifications.
From manual processes that eat up capital and waste time to a general lack of collaboration between suppliers and retailers, blind spots persist in today's supply chains. All of these issues need to be addressed to make supply chains as resilient and financially sustainable as possible.
Honest players in the food supply chain need to protect themselves and their trusted partners before the market gives you a raspberry.
With restaurants providing only delivery or takeout during the pandemic, consumers turn to retailers and grocers to fill the gap. The impact on the food industry varies both by state and by sales channel. New trends touch on food retail, delivery, service, distribution, and more.
Booming e-commerce and online grocery sales during the pandemic increased the demand for cold storage warehousing space in North America, but developers are not building fast enough to meet demand.
MagicLogic Optimization’s BlackBox significantly improved cartonization for True Manufacturing. The solution automatically determined the optimal size and fill material needed for each box, optimizing the manufacturer’s fulfillment processes.
Having a better understanding of what our customers need, combined with the wider picture we’re capturing from thousands of data points, enables us to work even more effectively for our customers.
Readers reveal the words and phrases that will have supply chain managers talking in 2020.
Walmart is taking a new approach to their Angus beef supply chain.
As pharmaceutical and food supply chains become more global, these two industries are at particular risk for fraud, substitution, and counterfeiting. Consumers are demanding more transparency and safety adherence as these issues arise.
In the U.S., foreign trade zones (FTZs) may be part of the solution pharmaceutical companies are looking for, but only if manufacturers understand what they are, their potential benefits, and how to best use them.
A lean, agile supply chain helps companies anticipate and minimize the impact of disruptions.
Complying with global regulations regarding pharmaceuticals without collaboration and system interoperability represents a significant challenge for trading partners.
Crane Solutions optimized a client’s supply chain by implementing a network, which revolved around one primary location to service a group of hub locations around the United States.
Using technology to gain a clear view into your supply chain can both wipe out costs and pour revenue to your bottom line.
We are evolving to the point where we can share information between members of the supply chain, automate processes such as ordering, quotation and route optimization, and collaboratively work together to manage the exceptions.
The key to supply chain visibility is a common system that all stakeholders can use to plan their moves, be alerted to changes as they occur, and make real time adjustments to keep the supply chain moving smoothly.
Unyson helped its customer gain improved order predictability and better service at a lower cost.
With a digital model of the global supply chain, companies can realize collaboration, automation, analytics and flexibility. The result is a transformed global supply chain with improved margins, greater agility, and reduced risk.
Use these tips to obtain end-to-end visibility, and ultimately, ensure a more efficient supply chain.
Technological advances in the past decade have provided shippers with increasingly detailed visibility of their supply chain from end to end. As the tools available to view the supply chain become more sophisticated, shippers are taking advantage of this new level of insight to improve efficiency and better manage their inventory. Shippers no longer view supply chain visibility as a tool designed only to help cut costs – they see it as a potential contributor to growth.
The UK Medicine and Health Products Regulatory Agency identified crucial mistakes in how wholesalers source and handle freezers and fridges used to store medicines.
Shipment-level visibility is just step one. Decisions, at any stage of the product life cycle, can have a direct impact on the cost and on the time it takes for goods to be sold and delivered.
Supply chains must be faster and more agile than ever. Siloed systems can slow down the process, causing frustrated customers to take their business elsewhere, resulting in lost revenue, resources, and time. Here are three signs of siloed supply chains and what to do about them.
Ensuring summer foods make it to consumers fresh and intact ain't no picnic.
SEKO Logistics helped virtualization technology company Sphere 3D Corp. gain global visibility and reduce warehousing and logistics costs.
Pharmaceuticals typically require special attention and handling throughout the supply chain. Consider the following attributes in a potential transportation provider.
Consolidating three independent operating companies into one at Smithfield Foods is triggering significant changes in the three organizations’ supply chains. Reducing complexity and improving visibility are not only making supply chain processes more efficient, they’re also saving money and helping the corporation achieve its sustainability goals.
Tracking shipments independent of the carrier or mode of transport provides you with analytics that help you cut through the noise and make sense of the data to improve operational efficiencies.
Sometimes, for even the most critical shipments, the shipper receives information for only two data points: when the shipment left their hands and confirmation the shipment has arrived. Here's why so-called black box shipping is on its way out.
Companies can support sustainability throughout their supply chains with these approaches.