Dayton, Ohio, USA, May 14, 2014
There is a constant push and pull effect in global air cargo industry. While this effect is nothing new, it is especially visible within the transportation of temperature-sensitive healthcare products moving by air.
In today’s world, increased globalization, demographic changes, economic improvements and rapid expansion of the middle class in emerging nations has pushed vigorous growth. Add to the equation, significant increases in the proliferation of biologic products and it’s no wonder that the Life Science/Pharma sector has been at the forefront of this growth, which has, in turn, fueled a significant increase in temperature-controlled air freight.
However, pulling some companies back to reality has been compliance with increasingly onerous regulatory pressures surrounding Good Distribution Practice (GDP), which, for many is a new and expensive burden. Temperature-controlled ULD and thermal packaging providers are in a unique position to offer solutions to companies looking to streamline the air segments of their GDP-focused transportation process.
However, not all temperature-controlled ULD and thermal packaging providers are created equal. These specialized solutions not only need to meet all the thermal packaging performance requirements of the customers, but active ULDs must also meet the requirements of the FAA and EASA aviation regulatory directives. Selecting a provider who has unrivalled experience in temperature controlled transportation solutions will potentially reduce total cost of ownership no matter the solution, payload size, temperature requirements or lane profile. What’s more, the utilization of a single-source temperature-controlled ULD and thermal packaging provider can help GDP compliance become a less painful process by reducing the number of vendor interactions.
Life science companies are more focused on the bottom line than ever before. They are looking at their supply chains holistically – looking for ways to maintain or improve performance while lowering overall supply chain costs and they are looking to their suppliers involved in the cold chain transportation process to help in this assessment and identify efficiencies and best practices. However, life science companies also need unequivocal door to door guarantees because their products are usually high value, life-changing, with extremely low tolerance to temperature variances. The superior temperature-controlled ULD and thermal packaging provider will work directly with global life science companies to assess their cold chain supply chain and help them to identify areas for improvements in cost or performance and, in many cases, both.
Solution provider response to industry demands for the creation of smaller, lighter and environmentally friendly solutions that can meet GDP and other regulatory requirements, provide the required performance and reduce shipping costs, is now more important than ever. Being mindful of emerging technologies that customers are hungry for is also a critical component. Utilizing internal and external resources, a preferred temperature-controlled ULD and thermal packaging solutions provider will have a number of innovative, customer-driven solutions in the pipeline that will further strengthen the shipper, forwarder and carrier’s position as a leader in the utilization of high-quality cold chain transportation solutions that meet GDP requirements.
Currently, there is only one provider of a full line of active temperature-controlled ULD and passive thermal packaging solutions. This provider is unique in being able to supply one-stop solutions to achieve life science company’s need for efficiency, regulatory compliance, reliable temperature-control at the lowest possible cost – whatever the payload, every time.
GDP compliance will be impacted in a positive manner by making the right choice in an active temperature-controlled ULD and thermal passive packaging supplier. Today’s evolving transportation environment demands nothing less.