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  • Trade in Miami International Airport up by 48% in 2016

    The total value of international freight originating from and destined to Miami International Airport (MIA) in 2016 jumped 8% to $57.3 billion in 2016, according to recently released data by the US Department of Commerce.Largely responsible for the spike was pharmaceutical (pharma) freight, which surged 48%, year over year, to $4.4 billion. Since 2010, when the total value of pharma shipments was $1.8 billion, MIA’s pharma trade has grown by 140%.The growth in life sciences cargo reflects ...

  • IAG Cargo targets pharma sector with new Madrid-Basel freighter service

    IAG Cargo has launched its new freighter service between Madrid and Basel to meet the demands of Switzerland’s fast growing pharmaceutical sector.Customers will have access to over 29,000 kilograms of lift per flight; expanding IAG Cargo’s existing short-haul freighter network by 6 percent.The new service, which has been on trial since January, has proved popular with the sector, offering an uninterrupted gateway to IAG Cargo’s Latin American network. The cargo operator flies t...

  • Schiphol gets grant for pharma temperature alert system

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is to develop an early warning system for pharma shippers with the help of a €1m research grant, it was revealed at the IATA World Cargo Symposium on 14 March.The money, from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and TKI Dinalog, the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics, will fund data collection and monitoring of Pharma Gateway Amsterdam (PGA) shipments to identify exceptions such as temperature excursions. The information will then be used to de...

  • Cool Logistics to examine Brexit’s impact on transport of perishables

    Cool Logistics is holding a one-off seminar in London on 29 March to tackle the issue of Brexit’s “substantial” impact on perishable logistics. According to Cool Logistics Brexit will not just trigger domestic political change and risk but will also affect everybody who does business in and with the UK, from vegetable producers in Scotland to food importers on the Continent. Some of the questions that will be addressed at the seminar include “will Brexit signifi...

  • Connected truck telematics

    Truck telematics market is going through a period of intense evolution as the freight industry leaves behind traditional brokering practices to adopt digital and automated platforms. The market is shifting toward a truck-as-a-service business model, finds a Frost & Sullivan report, Global Connected Truck Telematics Outlook, 2017, part of Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation. “Digital freight matching solutions will bring about visibility in a disparate land...

  • Cold Chain Market Analysis

    The global cold chain market is anticipated to reach USD 381.68 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The expansion of trade over the years has arisen the necessity of making improvements in the packaging of crops as such, the materials used for packaging play a major role in enhancing the storage life. The development of cold chain is largely responsible for the reduction of wastage of perishable commodities and is vital for the growth of the food sector. ...

  • Food logistics drives electric truck development

    MAN Truck & Bus is providing test vehicles for 15 of the largest logistics companies in the Austrian Council for Sustainable Logistics. The council plans to increase the use of electric trucks for inner-city and suburban distribution as a means of reducing emissions in cities. Initially MAN and the council will test 12 and 26 tonne trucks.

  • Funds for Chinese perishable storage and transport

    Shanghai-based perishable storage and delivery start-up Jiuye Supply Chain Management has raised $28m to help it grow, according to a report in the Coolstar. Founded in July 2014, Jiuye has swiftly expanded on the back of huge demand for cold chain logistics in China, with the company making over 100,000 last-mile deliveries a day at peak volume. Sales director Sandy Tu told the Coolstar Jiuye’s customers included producers of fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and meat. “Mo...

  • India: Agility opens pharma storage centre in Hyderabad

    Freight forwarder Agility has opened its first temperature-controlled life sciences storage and handling site in Hyderabad in partnership with cold chain container company va-Q-tec. The 557 sq metre site, based at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, aims to serve pharma manufacturers in the city along with Goa, Pune, Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru. Detlev Janik, chief executive of Agility South Asia, said: “This new centre will help the fast-growing Indian life sciences companies to...

  • Kuehlspeed to launch temperature-controlled parcel service

    Temperature controlled distribution company Kuehlspeed is gearing up to launch a new frozen and chilled parcel delivery service in March.Chelmsford-based Kuehlspeed says that goods collected or delivered will be delivered on a day specific service “whilst maintaining the cool chain at all times”.The company says that its “refrigerated an fleet will be fitted with the ‘highest classification of performance’ temperature monitoring devices”.Initially the service ...

  • AmazonFresh expands in UK

    Amazon.co.uk is expanding its AmazonFresh service to selected postcodes in Hampshire for the first time while also expanding its existing service in Surrey.This company now delivers to towns in key commuter belt areas including Woking, Guildford and Basingstoke. It is supplying produce to 260 postcodes.The expansion comes hot on the heels of a report in the Sunday Times that Amazon is ”searching for high street locations in central London”.“With an extensive selection of qualit...

  • Yusen Logistics’ Malaysian subsidiary expands its cold chain operations

    TASCO Berhad, a Yusen Logistics subsidiary in Malaysia, has reached agreements to acquire Gold Cold Transport Sdn Bhd (GCT) and MILS Cold Chain Logistics Sdn Bhd (MCCL), two leading cold chain logistics providers in Malaysia.The agreements, subject to approval by BURSA Malaysia, will enable TASCO to significantly expand its cold chain operations in the country. The proceedings are expected to be completed by the end of June.In Malaysia, demand for refrigerated transportation and cold storage fac...

  • Qatar Airways Cargo adds new pharma flights

    Qatar Airways Cargo has launched new Pharma Express flights from the pharmaceutical hubs of Basel (EuropAirport) and Brussels Airport to Doha.Qatar added an additional weekly frequency, operating on Fridays, from Basel to Doha on 3 February while two new Airbus A330 freighter services from Brussels to Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays will begin on 15 February.Basel and Brussels are both home to the headquarters of major pharma companies. Qatar Airways’ chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann...

  • DFW Airport to increase perishable handling capabilities with new cool chain facility

    Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport soon will begin installing a cold chain facility that will be operated by AirLogistix USA and is expected to be operational this summer. The state-of-the-art transfer facility will give DFW the ability to precisely control warehousing temperatures for shipments of pharmaceuticals, flowers and fresh foods.  “There are tremendous growth opportunities for domestic and international cargo customers to ship perishables through DFW to 180 m...

  • Temperature controlled logistics strategies for the future

    The future of the pharma cold chain logistics industry is in good shape, with sturdy growth being forecasted for the $12 billion market, says a new report.Pharma Logistics IQ’s Temperature Controlled Logistics Future Trend Report examines the oncoming strategies likely to blossom in the cold chain industry.In late 2016, Pharma Logistics IQ conducted an online survey to assess current perceptions on how the cold chain industry is likely to evolve over the next few years. The survey gathered...

  • ABC becomes Schiphol's largest all-cargo airline

    CCA Member AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has become the largest all-cargo airline operating out of Schiphol airport, while it remains the second largest cargo carrier at Europe's busiest airport, Frankfurt.The Volga-Dnepr-owned carrier completed more than 1,000 Boeing 747 freighter flights from the two airports for the first time in 2016, and is second only to the two national carriers - Lufthansa and KLM - when it comes to total cargo volumes transported from the hubs.Volga-Dnepr group senior v...

  • Rio earns CEIV pharma certification

    RIOgaleão, Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, has been awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certificate. Rio de Janeiro's TECA Pharma 2 facility, which last year tripled cold storage capacity to 17,000 cubic metresCertification for the key Brazilian gateway follows a number of audits and assessments, technical training and “significant improvements” to the airport's pharma handling infrastructure and processes, s...

  • Additional Pharma Packaging Solution

    Peli BioThermal, the temperature-controlled packing specialist for the pharma and life sciences sector, has launched its CoolPall Vertos Advance.The single-use, passive bulk freight shipping solution builds on the existing CoolPall Vertos packaging product range.CoolPall Vertos Advance has additional advancements, including phase change material (PCM) and vacuum insulated panels (VIPs), which provide fridge hold capabilities for added stability.The addition was engineered following feedback from...

  • Liege logs a 2016 cargo rise

    Belgian hub and CCA Member Liege Airport saw a 1.7% rise in cargo volumes in 2016 to 660,665 tonnes, up from 649,829 tonnes in 2015.“There has been sustained business growth for all our companies with significant increases for CAL, El Al and Qatar Airways,” said Luc Partoune, the managing director of Liege Airport.Commenting on the consolidating express market in Europe during 2016, Partoune added: “In a transition phase following the buyout by FedEx, TNT continues to perform w...

  • Vienna announces expansion of air cargo facilities

    CCA Member Vienna Airport has announced plans to expand its air cargo facilities by one third as demand continues to improve.The Austrian airport said the project would expand its Air Cargo Center by 15,000 sq m at a cost of around €16m.At present around 800 tonnes of freight are handled by the airport each day. The airport saw cargo demand increase by 4.3% year on year over the first 11 months of 2016 to 260,873 tonnes, including trucking.In 2015, air cargo alone at Vienna was down by 0.8%...

  • Brussels Airport's 2016 cargo volumes boosted by freighter and pharma

    CCA Member Brussels Airport saw a 1.1% rise in cargo volumes during 2016 to 494,637 tons, helped by strong performances in the pharmaceuticals sector and also by a double digit percentage rise in loads carried by freighter aircraft.A spokesperson for the European cargo hub said: “Strong figures were noted, particularly in the second half of the year, so that the loss caused by the departure of Jet Airways and the impact of the [terrorist] attacks were compensated on a year basis.”On ...

  • Pharma focus nurses air cargo recovery

    Growth in air cargo pharmaceutical traffic is driven largely by shippers switching from the use of general cargo to more specialised freight products.Speaking at Air Cargo News’ Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical conference, Seabury Group commercial director Dirk de Rooij said that the pharmaceutical industry was growing by around 4%-5% per annum while airlines were seeing pharma growth rates of up to 30%.He said the difference between air cargo growth for the traffic type and...

  • UPS completes purchase of pharma logistics firm Marken

    UPS has completed the acquisition of Marken, a global supply chain specialist serving the pharmaceutical and life science industries, as it looks to strengthen its presence in healthcare logistics.The deal was first announced in November, but the transaction closed on Wednesday when Marken became a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS.“Healthcare logistics is a strategic market for UPS. Our acquisition of Marken strengthens our portfolio and demonstrates our commitment to customers and the ...

  • Cool Rail launches new refrigerated rail service in Europe

    Cool Rail has launched a new refrigerated rail service between Valencia and Cologne for fresh produce shippers, according to Coolstar.Cool Rail operates twice-weekly reefer services: the service takes three days which is one more than by road, but each container travels 83% fewer truck-km – resulting in a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions.Cool Rail uses diesel-electric reefer containers from Rotterdam-based manufacturer Unit45. The containers are equipped with a track and trace GPS syste...

  • Brussels and Budapest airports continue the European cargo growth trend

    Europe’s gateway and secondary airports continue to see increased airfreight volumes, with strong results at both Brussels and Budapest.Cargo traffic at CCA Member Brussels Airport surged 15.2% in November to 45,500 tons, with full-freighter services continuing the strong growth trend at the key European hub.November was also a strong cargo month for Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport in Hungary, whose air and trucked volumes passed the 100,000 tonnes benchmark for the first 11 months o...

  • Lufthansa Cargo to expand Frankfurt Cool Center

    Lufthansa Cargo has announced it will increase the size of its cool centre at its home hub of Frankfurt Airport by almost 80% on the back of temperature-sensitive cargo growth.The German cargo giant said it would expand its Cargo Cool Center from 4,500 sq m to 8,000 sq m with work set to start in February next year and due to be completed in late summer of next year.The existing centre was opened in December 2011 and offers four cold-storage rooms kept different temperatures: 2 to 8 degrees Cels...

  • Study shows Cool Chain can reduce Food Loss and Carbon Emissions

    Singapore: Investment in the cold chain – specifically pre-cooling and transport refrigeration equipment – can reduce food loss by 76% and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 16%, according to a pilot study by Carrier.The pilot study, funded by Carrier, examined the extent to which the cold chain can help increase the quality, reach and profitability of kinnow, a citrus fruit rich in micronutrients and common to the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, by enabling sales out-of-sea...

  • Record truck volumes on Eurotunnel shuttle

    London, UK:  Eurotunnel reports an all-time record for Le Shuttle Freight with as many trucks carried between January and November this year as the full year before.The Freight Shuttle carried 1,483,741 trucks between January and November 2016, the same number as in the whole of 2015Between 1 January and 25 November 2016, 1,483,741 trucks were transported, the same number as in the whole of 2015, which was itself a record breaking year.In the first ten months of 2016, Le Shuttle Freight gre...

  • Pharma and perishables drive Changi air cargo growth

    Changi, Singapore: The first nine months of 2016 saw Singapore’s Changi Airport register its best cargo performance in the last five years on the back of growth in perishables and pharmaceutical demand, reports Air Cargo News.Between January and September demand at the airport has increased by 5.5% year on year to 1.44m tonnes, Phau Hui Hoon, assistant vice president, Changi Airport Group, said.The improvement is on the back of growth in import and transhipment volumes and, segment wi...

  • Ingersoll Rand meets its climate targets

    Swords, Ireland: Ingersoll Rand, owner of Thermo King and other refrigration equipment brands, continues to “significantly reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its products and operations, while also convening industry leaders to develop long-term solutions aimed at solving global climate challenges,” the company says.Ingersoll announced its climate commitment in 2014, and since then has avoided approximately 2 million tonnes of CO2 globally.“Announcing our commitm...

  • ABC awarded IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification

    CCA Member AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), the scheduled cargo carrier arm of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has become the first airline in Russia and only the seventh in the world to be awarded IATA’s Center of Excellence for Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification for the global transportation of pharma products through its cargo hub at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport.“Good health is one of our core corporate values so we clearly understand the importan...

  • Brussels Airport lays out its strategy for the next 25 years

    CCA Member Brussels Airport Company chief executive Arnaud Feist has laid out the gateway’s long-term strategy in the form of a programme called Strategic Vision 2040.According to Feist, the airport has an ambitious plan to prepare itself for what it envisages will be significant growth in air traffic over the next 25 years.“The plan connects our country to the rest of the world and to the future,” a statement describing Feist’s presentation last week noted.“The pre...

  • Swiss WorldCargo to allow shipment tracking devices

    CCA Member Swiss WorldCargo will now allow customers to use certain tracking devices in their shipments and has added a new team to help with queries related to any deviations registered by the devices.The cargo division of Swiss said it had decided to allow the use of tracking devices because "timely information and transparency is a key requirement in supply chain logistics, since, despite careful planning, cargo irregularities can occur, such as temperature deviation, misrouting or pilfe...

  • Team-Up – An Integrated Approach to Pharma Logistics

    Brussels, Belgium: A new pharma-logistics initiative, Team-Up, was announced at the recent IATA AirPharma 2016 Conference in Brussels.Team-Up will open the doors to faster, more equitable, more systematic supply chain integrationThe industry-driven programme is designed to “bring real collaborative working to the pharmaceutical logistics sector”.  All corporate participants will have access to a shared repository of collaborative tools, templates and advice.Speaking at the confe...

  • Cloud service to counter high-value cargo theft

    Nørresundby, Denmark: Transport data unifier GateHouse Logistics has launched a cloud service to help transport managers better counter high-value road cargo theft.Called GhSecure, the new cloud service is a further module of the firm’s telematics unifying system ghTrack. GateHouse Logistics cloud service helps counter high-value road cargo theftThree road cargo thefts of high-value goods in the supply chain occur each day in Europe, according to Transported Asset Protection Associa...

  • Nigeria: temperature-controlled rail service for fruit and veg

    Dutsen Wai, Nigeria: A perishable produce rail service starts this week transporting goods from the North to the southern part of the country using returnable plastic crates in temperature-controlled wagons, the Daily Trust newspaper reports.This new system is the result of partnership between Growth and Employment in States – Wholesale and Retail Trade and Connect Rail Services.The service will not only improve the quality of tomatoes and other fresh perishables supplied from th...

  • Tesco adds Microlise telematics to central European trailer fleet

    Tesco has opted to use journey management and trailer tracking from Microlise on 940 trailers in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic.Journey Management is a telematics product that provides the insight and visibility to debrief drivers by exception against route and schedule adherence to reduce mileage run.It will also help the Tesco team to monitor the status of trips against schedule in real-time and enable improvements through “planned vs actual” route comparison. Ult...

  • UPS moves deeper into cold chain with Marken acquisition

    UPS is to purchase Marken which will remain self-operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS.Marken services 49,000 clinical trial sites and its acquisition is part of a string of UPS investments and acquisitions in clinical trial logistics for drug and vaccine research.UPS is upgrading it capability to move temperature-sensitive biological specimens in and out of more than 60 countries. With the new acquisition, UPS is looking to gain market share over FedEx and DHL, which currently domi...

  • Indian cold storage sites “not up to the mark” for fruit

    Hyderabad, India: Food inspectors in India have pointed out that the quality of cold storage in India is “not up to the mark” and is one of the reasons that 40% of fruit is wasted.According to an article in the Deccan Chronicle, food inspectors have said that only around 25 out of the 70 cold stores in Hyderabad are functioning properly while others have constant system failures.“Low temperatures have to be maintained which is not being adequately done and that is leading ...

  • Kuehne and Nagel expands its pharma network

    Jersey City, New Jersey, US: Kuehne+Nagel has expanded its PharmaChain logistics network with temperature-controlled warehousing space in San Juan, Puerto Rico.“With the new facility, we expand our KN PharmaChain footprint to now over 150 global fully GXP compliant stations”, said Bob Mihok, president, Kuehne + Nagel North America.“Broadening the scope of our San Juan operation confirms Kuehne + Nagel’s commitment to exceeding the logistics needs of our global h...

  • Carrier Transicold’s DataLink gives independent temperature verification

    Athens, Georgia, US: Carrier Transicold’s DataLink 2 recorder gives refrigerated haulers independent verification of temperatures inside trucks and trailers or immediate documentation for receivers.Carrier’s new DataLink 2 recorder providesindependent temperature verification for transport refrigeration and includes an integral thermal printerFor single-temperature or multi-temperature applications, the DataLink 2 system uses up to three independent temperature sensors, pro...

  • Lidl to open new RDC in Southampton

    Southampton, UK: Discount retailer Lidl plans to open a new regional distribution centre in Southampton.Lidl said it will spend £55m on the warehouse which is the company’s 10th centre in the UK.The move follows Lidl’s pledge to spend £1.5bn in the UK over three years in a bid to bolster the number of warehouses and stores.Earlier this year, Lidl said it would relocate warehouses in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset and Livingston in West Lothian, Scotland, to Bristol and Sco...

  • Airside pharma transport at Brussels Airport

    Paris, France: CCA Member Brussels Airport showed off a European first at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum in Paris: the active version of the Airside Pharma Transporter…For more on this story plus the latest news, reports and events on transport, storage, distribution and logistics for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and healthcare products see Globalcoldchainnews Pharma Page.

  • Icelandic shipper acquires Dutch reefer firm

    Rotterdam, Netherlands: Eimskip, the oldest shipping company in Iceland, has bought reefer forwarding company Extraco which provides services to importers of chilled and frozen goods in the Netherlands.Eimskip has acquired 90% of Extraco Internationale. Extraco also provides import handling, warehousing, custom brokerage and distribution of bulk, chilled and frozen commodities in Europe.Extraco was founded in 1991 and is based close to the port of Rotterdam.Eimskip says that the acquisition will...

  • Sainsbury’s expands frozen food warehousing in Northampton

    Northampton, UK: Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is to build another 325,000 sq ft of frozen food warehousing space in Northampton, according to SHD Logistics magazine.The new warehouse will be built next to the company’s existing 58,000sq metres distribution centre, with inter-connecting yards. The new Sainsbury’s warehouse will be the first building on the 1.1m sq ft second phase of Prologis Park Pineham.Construction is due to start in spring 2017 and finish in early ...

  • India: Gati Kausar opens its first refrigerated express distribution center

    Hyderabad, India: Gati Kausar has opened its first temperature controlled warehouse in India near Delhi.The site has 5000 pallet capacity and handles goods from -25 to +25 degrees C.  It will handle dairy, pharmaceutical, frozen and chilled food.Gati Kausar has 220 refrigerated vehicles and with the new coldstore plans to provide end-to-end, integrated cold chain solution for different industries.K L Chugh, chairman, Gati said “The launch of our first refrigerated express di...

  • Drug transport – new smart boxes track drug temperatures during transit

    Poznan, Poland: Wrocław’s Independent Clinical Public Hospital in Poland has chosen Blulog’s innovative boxes with integrated temperature traceability and temperature monitoring solutions with integrated alert systems for the transport of drugs.

  • Cool back at the CV Show

    Birmingham., UK:  Cool, a dedicated zone within the CV Show for refrigerated transport and cold chain equipment, is back again for the 2017 show.The CV Show is the “best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held in Britain, providing truck and van operators with far greater choice than any other exhibition serving this vital industry,” the organisers say.“The show at Birmingham’s NEC attracts some 21,000 b...

  • Seatrade adds 4,000 new Star Cool reefers

    Antwerp, Belgium: Seatrade is expanding its reefer container fleet with 4,000 new Star Cool Integrated reefers.Star Cool reefers being loaded onto Seatrade Orange in the port of QingdaoThe order of 4,000 new Star Cool Integrated reefers from Maersk Container Industry will reinforce Seatrade’s perishable and sensitive cargo logistics, where durable and cutting-edge reefer technology is playing a vital role. Seatrade has the world’s largest specialised reefer fleet.“The...

  • Posti buys food logistics company

    Helsinki, Finland: Posti is buying Kuljetus Kovalainen, a Finnish company providing food and temperature-controlled transport.Kuljetus Kovalainen has about 180 staff and net sales of around €15mJaakko Kaidesoja, head, Posti’s transport services, said that joining forces with Kuljetus Kovalainen will enable Posti to offer extensive logistics services in Northern Finland, Ostrobothnia and Lapland.Kuljetus Kovalainen has about 180 staff and net sales of around €15m. K...

  • Flowers: the latest products trialling the maritime cold chain

    Amsterdam, Netherlands: Plants and flowers are the latest product group to consider refrigerated ocean containers, a cheaper, more environmentally friendly shipping method, as an alternative to air freight.Royal FloraHolland’s use of refrigerated containers reflects a broader trend in which shippers of commodities that typically rely on air cargo, such as pharmaceuticals or seafood, have begun to experiment with the maritime cold chain as reefer container technology and control advances, r...

  • Global frozen food market to grow 4% by 2019

    London, UK: The global frozen food market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4% between 2015 and 2019, according to a report by Technavio.“Producers, globally, are innovating in terms of product formulations and packaging to keep the frozen food fresh,” says the report. “Organic and natural frozen food have also gained momentum in the market among cost and health-conscious consumers.“Europe continues to dominate the market, with a share close to...

  • East Coast Warehouse tracks containers

    Elizabeth, New Jersey, US: East Coast Warehouse & Distribution is using PINC Solutions’ cloud-based yard management system to help manage imports and exports for its food and beverage customers.The system also helps with customs requirements and checks.Each container moving in and out of East Coast Warehouse will be given a magnetic RFID tag that will track its location using RFID readers and GPS sensors mounted on spotter trucks.This will enable employees and customers to have visibility in...

  • Cargolux Signs Deal for High-Tech Containers

    Cargolux Airlines has signed a global rental agreement to use va-Q-tec’s advanced passive containers for its temperature-sensitive pharma shipments. The system uses phase change material and vacuum insulation panels that absorb and store thermal energy during freezing or heating to maintain the required storage temperature during transport. One of the first beneficiaries of the new equipment will be Cargolux’s recently-launched flight from Europe to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, which...

  • Onset launches two new products for pharma cold chain monitoring

    Boston, Massachusetts, US: Onset is expanding its InTemp range of pharmaceutical cold chain management products with the launch of new temperature loggers and a cloud-based data warehousing service.

  • Maersk Line orders 14,800 reefers

    Bremen, Germany: Maersk Line has ordered 14,800 reefer containers in 2016, bringing down the average age of its fleet to 7.9 years – well below the industry average of 12 years.The new reefers feature built-in Remote Container Management (RCM) technology which turns each reefer into a digitally connected device and provides enhanced visibility and care to cargo across Maersk Line’s entire reefer fleet.Shereen Zarkani, head of reefer management, said: “We continue to invest and ...

  • Nagel expands food logistics in Czech Republic

    Prague, Czech Republic: Nagel Česko has opened its new food logistics centre in Říčany-Jažlovice.Nagel Česko has opened its new food logistics centre in Říčany-JažloviceThe 5,200sq metre logistics site is close to the existing main branch, on a logistics park directly on the D1 motorway, around eleven kilometres south east of Prague.“We have grown by around 10% in each of the past three years – in both existing business and with new customers. So our previous capacity w...

  • Aldi to expand chilled section at Darlington

    Darlington, UK: Aldi is planning to extend its Darlington distribution site for chilled and frozen goods, according to the Northern Echo.According to its Darlington plans, it wants to build an 8,000sq metre chiller and freezer extension, as well as create additional docking bays and increase office space.A spokesman told the Northern Echo: “Distribution centres have to expand to meet the demands expected from the business and the scale of the freezer and chiller is required to supply store...

  • China: JD.com targets temperature-controlled food delivery

    Beijing, China: Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has singled out cold chain fresh food delivery as its next major growth market.The company has developed warehousing and distribution networks across China over the last few years, rejecting the traditional third-party delivery model. JD.com is the biggest operator in online direct sales in China, and the second largest in the world after Amazon.“In categories like mobile phones, laptops, baby formula and FMCG, we’re number-one all over...

  • American Airlines Cargo has CEIV certification

    Dallas, Texas, US: American Airlines Cargo has signed with the International Air Transportation Association to obtain certification for the handling of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products.Initial stations will include American’s home base and hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International and at Miami International.American will also certify Philadelphia International in support of its dedicated, 25,000 square-foot pharmaceutical and healthcare handling site that opened in 2015.The IATA certif...

  • Carrier Transicold launches at IAA Hanover

    Hanover, Germany: Carrier Transicold has built an e-Solutions Lab in its stand at the IAA Show in Hanover to show what ‘connected refrigeration’ might look like.Visitors can experience many of the technologies being considered for future generations of Carrier Transicold refrigeration systems.Connected refrigeration is expected to support complete traceability within the coldchain and sustain efforts to monitor and reduce environmental impact.On display (pictured right) is ...

  • Emirates SkyCargo opens pharma site at Dubai airport

    Dubai, UAE: Emirates SkyCargo has opened a purpose-built, dedicated, emperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipment centre at Dubai International Airport.“Pharmaceuticals are one of the most important products we transport because of the impact on people’s lives and communities across the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo.The new purpose-built Emirates SkyPharma site, part of the new 11,000-sq-m extension of Emirates SkyCentral terminal a...

  • Pilgrim’s progress with Gray & Adams

    Boston, Lincolnshire, UK: Pilgrim Foodservice has expanded its fleet with Gray & Adams bodied 13.5- and 16-tonne Mercedes-Benz Atego chassis.The Gray & Adams’ 6.6m and 7.6m bodies have twin compartments for frozen and chilled/ambient product and Thermo King T-1000R and T-1200R multi-temperature fridges.The new vehicles are assigned to intensive, multi-drop delivery duties. The Gray & Adams’ 6.6m and 7.6m bodies have twin compartments for frozen and chi...

  • Supermarkets and students collaborate on home delivery study

    London, UK: A partnership between three major supermarkets and one of the UK’s top universities is studying the benefits of home deliveries and their effect on carbon emissions, reports Transport News Brief.Cambridge University, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, to investigate the environmental impact of home deliveryThe research project, which runs until November 2017, is headed up by Cambridge University’s Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and involves Waitrose, Tesco a...

  • Pelican BioThermal expands US manufacturing

    Minneapolois, US: Pelican BioThermal has expanded manufacturing capability in the US to support production of single-use temperature-controlled shippers.Producing inventory in their Minnesota factory means single-use products will be available sooner, in greater quantities and in a variety of sizes for North and South American clients, the company says.Pelican BioThermal has expanded manufacturing capability in the US to support production of single-use temperature-controlled shippers&...

  • LF&E Refrigerated succeeds with Paragon

    Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK: LF&E Refrigerated Transport, which runs a fleet of 40 refrigerated vans that handle guaranteed and timed pharmaceutical, medical, healthcare and food products, is using Paragon’s transport planning software to meet strict delivery requirements.“We need to deliver right first time, every time. It is therefore important that we use the best tools available to fulfil the requirements of our customers,” Jason BuckleyLF&E has been providing it...

  • Controlling temperatures in the cold chain

    Milton Keynes, UK: The Internet of Things is opportunity to transform warehouse temperature control but operators need to consider the whole of the cold chain, says Jason Kay, chief commercial officer, IMS Evolve, writing in September’s Cold Chain News.To achieve this, operators’ one off Internet of Things pilots must first be evolved into broader, more strategic deployments that consider all parts and processes of the cold chain, he says.Jason Kay, chief commercial officer...

  • Marken expands in India

    Mumbai, India: Marken has moved to a larger office in Mumbai and has signed an exclusive agreement with Jeena & Company for a combined worldwide services for the pharma industry.Jeena will act as Marken’s third party sales agent in India to enable new clients to access Marken’s global network and tracking systems for shipments.Marken has agreed to utilize Jeena’s logistics network within India for new business generated by this collaboration. The agreement allows ...

  • New temperature monitoring system

    Newtown, Powys, UK: Quartix’s temperature monitoring system uses mobile technology to alert users to temperature changes within the vehicle.One or two Quartix temperature probes are mounted on the vehicle’s chiller units to continuously monitor conditions, potentially in different areas of the vehicle, such as a freezer section and chilled area.Customers establish the temperature range for each probe, and can access live and historical reports that can also be exported in E...

  • Drone delivery soon… but not quite the game changer yet

    London, UK: Amazon is working with the government to test deliveries via drones. It is an exciting era for online retail but ultimately will not revolutionise the industry just yet, says Nick Miller, head of FMCG at supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co, writing in September’s Cold Chain News.Convenience retailer 7‑Eleven and drone delivery service Flirtey completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s home in the US. It was carried out to...

  • What pharma can learn from food

    London, UK: What can the pharma industry learn from the food cold chain? To what extent do the challenges of the pharmaceutical cold chain the food cold chain and overlap? Can solutions that improve food cold chain be relevant to pharma cold chain?SMi Group’s latest addition to the programme for its Cold Chain Distribution 2016 conference is Stephen James, director, Food Refrigeration & Process Engineering Research Centre, the Grimsby Institute, who will speak on “...

  • ColdPoint Logistics shakes up export logistics

    Kansas City, Missouri, US: ColdPoint Logistics, a new temperature-controlled logistics firm and affiliate of NorthPoint Development, is to build a 15,000sq metre coldstore and distribution site at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton.“Our approach will change the traditional refrigerated logistics business model,” Dane Bear, vice president operations, ColdPointColdPoint will be the first tenant in newly opened North Park at Logistics Park Kansas City, which includes 300 acres ...

  • DuPont to sponsor 14th Annual Cold Chain forum

    New York, NY, US: CCA Member  DuPont Protection Solutions is to sponsor the 14th Annual Cold Chain GDP andTemperature Management Logistics Global Forum, 26 to 30 September, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.This year, there will be more than 100 speakers including industry leaders such as Steve Todd, senior GDP inspector at MHRA; Christopher Wallace, senior director, International Supply Chain Operations at Sanofi Genzyme; Terry Carrico, vice president, Corporate Security & S...

  • ThermoSafe buys PharmaPort 360

    Arlington Heights, Illinois, US: Sonoco ThermoSafe has bought PharmaPort 360 from AAR to enter the active temperature-controlled cargo containers market.Sonoco ThermoSafe will own and lease the PharmaPort 360 containers globally while signing a multi-year agreement with AAR to manufacture, repair and perform maintenance services.The PharmaPort 360 is an active container that uses regenerative heat exchangers to maintain temperature control for high-value cargo. These containers, w...

  • Priority takes Seven Telematics

    Exeter, UK: Priority Transport is using Seven Telematics for all its temperature monitoring and vehicle tracking operations on its 14-vehicle fleet.Priority Transport’a chilled/frozen vehicles have Seven Telematics Cool Track systems for 24/7 remote monitoringPriority Transport’s various chilled/frozen vehicles were initially specified with Seven Telematics TranScan 2 data logging equipment and these vehicles have now been fitted with additional Seven Telematics Cool Track ...

  • Priority takes Seven Telematics

    Exeter, UK: Priority Transport is using Seven Telematics for all its temperature monitoring and vehicle tracking operations on its 14-vehicle fleet.Priority Transport’a chilled/frozen vehicles have Seven Telematics Cool Track systems for 24/7 remote monitoringPriority Transport’s various chilled/frozen vehicles were initially specified with Seven Telematics TranScan 2 data logging equipment and these vehicles have now been fitted with additional Seven Telematics Cool Track ...

  • New approach to hot-product-cooling

    Milton Keynes, UK: A new approach to ‘hot product cooling’ prior to blast chilling or freezing that cuts the cost of ‘double handling’ needed by traditional methods has been introduced by Dawsonrentals.With existing ‘ambient’ technology, producers using ambient blast units to reduce post-cook heat have had to transfer product from this unit into a blast chiller/freezer for final processing. This has had significant time and labour cost implications &ndash...

  • Aramex to provide healthcare logistics to NewBridge Pharmaceuticals

    Dubai, UAE: Aramex is now providing a range of logistics services for NewBridge Pharmaceuticals in the Middle East, Africa, Canada and the UK.Dubai-based NewBridge offers a one-stop-solution to pharmaceuticals, biological, genomics and other healthcare companies.Through the partnership, Aramex is managing the logistics of patient samples in clinics and hospitals from the Middle East to the US for advanced clinical testing. Aramex is also providing temperature-controlled storage and tra...

  • Nagel Group and Transthermos merger gets OK

    Versmold, Germany: The merger between Nagel Group and frozen food logistics company MUK Transthermos has gained German financial regulatory approval.The MUK Transthermos Group, one of the major German providers of frozen food logistics, operates in 22 locations in Germany with a total capacity of 347,000 pallet storage spaces. Every year, more than 2.2m pallets are shock-frosted, labelled, repackaged, and processed. Around 3.6m pallets are also transported.“We are pleas...

  • Sign of the times: pizza by drone

    Auckland, New Zealand: Flirtey and Domino’s Pizza Enterprise have partnered to launch the world’s first pizza-by-drone delivery model.The companies demonstrated the initial stage of the partnership with a Flirtey pizza delivery today in Auckland, New Zealand. Flights will expand to customer homes in New Zealand later this year.Don Meij, chief executive, Domino’s GroupThe Flirtey drone conducted an autonomous flight to deliver a hot Domino’s pizza, show...

  • Four trends that determine the future of logistics

    Düsseldorf, Germany: The logistics trends predicted for 2016 are now more tangible, says Daniel Mahnken atTimoCom.Writing on the IAA 2015 website he says the development of Logistics 4.0 is creating huge changes within companies.TimoCom, an IT service provider for the transport industry, is convinced that automation, networking and digitising will become more and more important within the industry.
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  • Global coldstore capacity grows

    Alexandria, Virginia, US: Cold storage capacity has experienced steady growth since 2014 says the 2016 Global Cold Chain Alliance in its latest Global Cold Storage Capacity Report.Total capacity was 600 million cubic meters in 2016, an increase of 8.6% since 2014, the report says. The data also revealed that much of the increase in refrigerated warehousing space came from new construction in emerging markets.“It’s exciting to see such strong growth and new construction...

  • Waitrose hails Gray & Adams’ key role in clean, green trailer project

    Edinburgh, Scotland: Gray & Adams has won praise from Waitrose for the part it has played in developing the retailer’s ground-breaking ‘ultra-low carbon’ trailers.Simon Gray, vehicle engineering manager, John Lewis Partnership, parent of Waitrose, highlighted the manufacturer’s ability to turn radical designs into practical reality. “We’ve worked with Gray & Adams for many years and the collaboration between our two companies works well.&rdqu...

  • Hain Daniels Group updates its chilled fleet

    Leeds, UK: Food manufacturer Hain Daniels Group is adding 10 trucks and seven trailers to its chilled distribution fleet, supplied by Ryder on contract hire.Ryder has been the sole supplier to Hain Daniels since 2005 and the new trucks will include Iveco 7.5-tonners and Daf 18t and 26t fridge trucks fitted with Carrier direct-drive chiller units.Hain Daniels Group adds 10 trucks and seven trailers to its chilled fleet, supplied by Ryder on contract hireThe company already runs 22 trucks and 10 t...

  • Logistics industry wakes up to water costs

    Chichester, West Sussex, UK: The logistics and transport industry has realised the potential to save money on water costs says Waterscan, a consultancy specialising in water sustainability.Just how much is that water costing you? Logistics companies wake up to water costsIt reports a surge in enquiries from the transport industry.  “More and more companies are waking up to water and the potential cost savings that can be achieved through its effective monitoring and management,&r...

  • Fresh Logistics launches driver training scheme

    Derby, UK: Fresh Logistics is launching a scheme to develop drivers with truck driving “grandfather rights” (who passed their driving test before January 1997).Fresh Logistics launches scheme to develop drivers who ‘Grandfather rights’.Becoming a trucks driver can be overwhelming for such drivers since new legislation has introduced digital tachographs, digital cards and driver certificates of professional competence . Even with ‘Grandfather righ...

  • Yusen Logistics opens temperature-controlled distribution centre in Cambodia

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia: One of Cambodia’s largest cold storage facilities – built by Yusen Logistics (Cambodia) – has officially opened.The site in Phnom Penh strengthens Yusen Logistics’ distribution network in Asia and will support Cambodia’s growing demand for warehouse storage for imported general consumer goods and chilled and frozen goods. In addition, the company will be offering Cambodia’s first consolidated delivery service in Phnom Penh for retailers a...

  • Dearman’s cutting-edge technology shortlisted in TCS&D awards

    Birmingham, UK: The Dearman transport refrigeration system, the first in the world to be powered by a liquid nitrogen engine, has been shortlisted in the Innovationcategory at the TCS&D awards.The engine has been recognised for the innovative nature of the technology, the positive effect it can have on the environment and its potential to have a major impact upon the industry.The Dearman engine, which is powered by the rapid expansion of liquid nitrogen, delivers cle...

  • Japan expands temperature-controlled distribution in southeast Asia

    Tokyo, Japan: Japanese logistics companies are boosting cold chain capacity in Southeast Asia in anticipation of growth  in high-quality foods.Kawasaki Kisen and Japan Logistic Systems have opened a 7,000-square-meter refrigerated warehouse in Vietnam’s Binh Duong Province, adjacent to Ho Chi Minh City.  The 25 degrees C to minus 50 degrees C capacity warehouse cost some $14 million and was built with support from the Cool Japan Fund, a public-private investment fund.Fo...

  • Rear door lock for Schmitz reefers

    The doors are unlocked by entering a code into a keypad on the front bulkheadHanover, Germany: Schmitz Cargobull is to introduce a rear-door security system as a factory-fitted option on its SKO refrigerated trailer. Schmitz announced the device at its IAA 2016 show pre-view briefing.The LS3 lock is fitted into the rear closure roof rail and not directly visible from outside. It can be opened only by an electronic combination lock.The operator can unlock the doors by entering a code into a keypa...

  • Swire’s cool moves in China

    Hong Kong, China:  Swire Group is to spend $450 million on eight cold storage siktes in China.“We are building the best in class, comparable to any in the world,” said Clement Lam, director and manager, Swire Pacific Cold Storage. China, in a telephone interview with the American Journal of Transportation.Swire, best known as the owner of Cathay Pacific, is one of the world’s leading cold storage operators. It owns United States Cold Storage, with 36 US sites with nea...

  • Sonoco temperature-controlled packaging for pharmaceuticals

    Arlington Heights, Illinois, US: Sonoco ThermoSafe has launched a line of 3-day and 5-day temperature-controlled packaging for pharmaceutical and biological product distribution.The Certis platform is for products that need 2-8°C, 15-25°C and frozen temperature controlThe Certis platform is for products that need 2-8°C, 15-25°C and frozen temperature control. Each features a universal pack-out design for use in hot and cold seasons while accommodating the...

  • Demand for perishables in China grows

    Utrecht, the Netherlands:  China needs to improve its cold supply chain to provide a growing middle class with perishable food options. Increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat in China, according to research from agri-finance group Rabobank, “is being driven by continued economic growth and urbanization.”China’s economic growth rate may have slowed but the economy is expected to grow by 6 to 7% annually in the coming years. That growth, the Rabo...

  • Alitalia uses Va-Q-tec to transport of temperature-sensitive goods

    Rome, Italy:  Alitalia will transport temperature-sensitive goods using Va-Q-tec passive containers.Va-Q-tec’s Load & Go service with containers that reach the pick-up location conditioned and guarantee constant temperature performance for over 120 hours independent of ambient temperatureThe services uses Va-Q-tec’s Load & Go service with containers that reach the pick-up location conditioned and guarantee constant temperature performance fo...

  • World’s largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics providers

    Alexandria, Virginia, US: The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses has released its annual Global Top 25 List of the largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics providers in the world.Americold Logistics is the IARW’s world biggest operator in storage terms with 28,091,186 cubioc metresAmericold Logistics, operating is Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, and the United States, is the IARW’s world biggest operator in storage te...

  • AAH Pharmaceuticals wins MT technical excellence award

    Coventry, UK: AAH Pharmaceuticals won the Motor Transport technical excellence award for its new PharmaVan.The awards, organised by Motor Transport magazine, were presented at London’s Grosvenor House  this week.The new vans are born out of AAH’s commitment and determination to excel in delivering an exceptional first class, reliable service, providing customers with the best in pharmaceutical distribution so that they can meet the needs of their own communities.Cameron Javed, C...

  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo to grow pharma market

    Crawley, UK:  Virgin Atlantic Cargo is increasing temperature-controlled services after more than doubling its share of the pharmaceutical market from the UK to North America since the launch of its Cool Chain product two years ago.Virgin is approved to carry temperature-controlled active cargo containers from CSafe and EnvirotainerDarren Sherlock, manager, products and partnerships, heads the development. He was part of the team that developed Virgin Atlantic’s Cool Chain p...

  • Green light for new cold-storage site at Kabul Airport

    Kabul, Afghanistan: Plans to construct a coldstore for agricultural products at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, have been approved, according to a report in the Wadsam Afghan Business News.According to the paper, the deputy director of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority, Shah Mahmood Habibi said that the new site would have a storage capacity of 70 to 100 tonnes, and would cover more than 1,760 square meters. The coldstore will be constructed inside the airport’s cus...

  • Pharma companies place more importance on supply chains in 2016

    Frankfurt, Germany: Consulting company Miebach has released a new pharma survey for 2016 which reveals that the industry is placing more importance on supply chain and logistics than it ever has in the past.The top subjects in pharmaceutical logistics are end-to-end supply chain visibility and optimising distribution networks, says the report. The increasing volume of refrigerated and frozen products and serialisation of product codes are further challenges that supply chain managers are facing....

  • Are emerging pharma markets still emerging?

    London, UK: Preliminary data from Pharmaceutical Commerce’s annual Biopharma Cold Chain Sourcebook shows that by 2020, pharma cold-chain logistics will be worth $16.7bn.SMi’s 11th annual Cold Chain Distribution Conference and Exhibition provides insight into emerging market challenges for cold chain distributionThe main drivers behind this substantial growth of the cold chain market are strict requests for increase in biologics in international life science shipments.SMi’s 11th...

  • Brexit could lead to more switches between logistics providers and countries

    Durham, UK: One of the repercussions of Brexit could be companies switching between supply chain and countries, according to a lecturer at Durham University Business School.Dr Christos Tsinopoulos, senior lecturer in operations & project management at Durham University Business School, said: “Research conducted by Durham and others demonstrates how a closely integrated supply chain, where there is an easy exchange of ideas and information, is likely to perform better. Supply chains kno...

  • Envirotainer and Chep strengthen partnership

    Upplands Väsby,  Stockholm, Sweden: Envirotainer and Chep Aerospace Solutions have extended their partnership for a further three years.Chep provides repair, handling, transportation and storage services for Envirotainer’s fleet of containers across 21 global service centres.These service centres are approved to issue certificates of release to service both under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).It is a dual certification th...

  • Fruit stays fresher in corrugated trays

    Brussels, Belgium:  Corrugated trays keep fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates and can significantly reduce contamination from pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, according to research promoted by theEuropean Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers.left to right: Dr Lorenzo Siroli, Prof Rosalba Lanciotti, Dr Francesca PatrignaniThe research by the University of Bologna found that corrugated trays gave better quality packed fruits and a longer shelf-life, reducing fr...

  • DHL sets new air freight standard for pharma cold chain

    Miami, Florida, US: DHL has recognised the performance of four major air cargo carriers with the first DHL CARE Award, which sets a new industry standard for reliability and quality for air-freight transport of temperature-sensitive life sciences products.The first recipients of the new award were: American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Swiss International Air Lines and United Cargo. The DHL Care Award was presented at the 16th DHL Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Conference in Miami last week ...

  • Tinytag data loggers – essential temperature monitoring

    Chichester, UK: Tinytag data loggers provide flexible and easy to use monitoring for cold chain logistics, says the maker. Tinytags measure small changes in temperature, and loggers with external probes are available for hard to reach areas, fridges and freezers. They have an alarm which will activate if conditions fall outside a user-defined range.The Tinytag Radio System automatically gathers data using wireless communications and is ideal for use in premises with multiple monitoring...

  • Cryoport launches next generation condition monitoring technology

    Irvine, California, US: Cryoport has launched its SmartPak II Condition Monitoring System configured to provide end-to-end visibility on the real-time condition and location of critical biological commodities.SmartPak II is an integrated, real-time condition monitoring system for life science commodities that provides critical information throughout the logistics process.SmartPak II is an integrated, real-time condition monitoring system for life science commodities that provides criti...

  • Chinese e-commerce giant to address Cool Logistics Asia

    Hong Kong, China:  Just as the ground under the world of container shipping is still shaking, Cool Logistics Asia, the leading conference for global temperature controlled logistics, is turning into a stage for genuinely new temperature-controlled concepts.Li Haloun, Senior Planner for Fresh Products at Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com will be addressing Cool Logistics Asia delegates alongside Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong on 7 September. JD.com is one of China’s largest onlin...

  • UK food market set to grow by 10% by 2021

    London, UK: The UK food and grocery market is forecast to grow by 10% between now and 2021, giving it a value of £197bn, according to the latest forecast from IGD.IGD is predicting a stabilisation of sales at larger stores over the next five years – however online will remain the fastest-growing format, followed by the discount stores.Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive, said: “It has been a challenging time for food and grocery retailers, with an extremely competitiv...

  • How technology is changing the cold chain

    Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Danny Glynn, managing director, Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, explains the impact of new technologies.Danny Glynn, managing director, Enterprise Flex-E-Rent“The market for temperature-controlled logistics operations is continuing to develop at a rapid pace around the globe and in the UK the pace of change is mirrored by the latest developments, impacting everyone who works in the cold chain.The vast food and drinks segment continues to dominate the industry but in rec...

  • Usership rules OK! Dawson on financing the cold chain

    To buy…or not to buy. Cold Chain News spoke to Dawsongroup managing director Steve Miller about acquisition methodsSteve Miller, managing director, Dawsongroup, an independent, family-owned business with over 22,000 assetsMilton Keynes,UK: Pressures on cash-flow and investment funds across the sector appear to be tightening again. Many point to recent cost increases such as the new Living Wage, with its further big increase to £9/hour due in 2020. There can be little argum...

  • DeltaTrak life science FlashLink in-transit logger

    Pleasanton, California, US: DeltaTrak has a Life Science FlashLink Mini PDF In-Transit Logger configured specifically for tracking shipments of vaccines, biologics, insulin and other temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals.DeltaTrak’s Life Science FlashLink Mini PDF In-Transit LoggerTwo models are available with preset low/high alarm limits of 2°C/8°C and 15°C/25°C, to accommodate refrigerated and ambient environments. These single-use temperature recorders provide ...

  • Canada: Manitoulin buys cold-chain forwarder

    Ontario, Canada: Canadian freight operator Manitoulin Global Forwarding has added temperature-controlled trucking to its portfolio by acquiring MAP International Freight of Vaughan, Ontario, 
reports JOC.com.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is the latest in a series for the forwarding operator’s parent company, Manitoulin Group, as it expands within Canada and internationally and broadens its portfolio of transportation and logistics services.In the past two years, Man...

  • Amazon launches full online supermarket service in UK

    London, UK: Amazon is launching an online supermarket service in the UK, reports the BBC.Amazon launches online supermarket service in the UKFrom Thursday, Amazon Prime customers in central and east London will be able to order a full weekly shop and get it delivered the same day.Deliveries will be made in paper bags protected by chillboxes, which are used by independent operators that already deliver non-food items for Amazon.Amazon Fresh’s deliveries will be serviced from a warehous...

  • India: Coldman Logistics builds cold chain warehouse in Sri City

    Chennai, India: Coldman Logistics is building a temperature controlled warehouse in Sri City, India.Dev Anand, director, Coldman Logistics, said: “We will be expanding our network to other ports and major cities on pan India basis by building state-of-the-art temperature controlled warehouses, which will cater to food, pharma and other industrial products in next two years.”Coldman Logistics operates cold chain warehouses in the Western region of India. It proposes to build a large c...

  • California Giant adopts Locus Traxx for cold chain

    Watsonville, California, US: California Giant Berry Farms is shifting to exclusive use of Locus Traxx temperature recorders on berry shipments.The SmartTraxx GO shipment monitoring system from Locus Traxx enables continuous monitoring of any shipment at any tim, says California Giant.The system is disposable. As soon as the tab is pulled from each unit, temperature and location data become accessible online.“As we look to drive extra costs out of the system, keeping an ...

  • Samskip sharpens competitive edge with reefer track and trace

    Rotterdam, Netherlands: 
Samskip has launched track and trace capability across its 45ft refrigerated container fleet, bringing web-based remote management for temperature-controlled cargoes throughout the Samskip intermodal network.Track and trace management software will be used to monitor and control sensor-connected 45ft reefer units operating in shortsea, rail, barge and road services throughout Europe, and during terminal storage.Investment in track & trace capability is more usua...

  • Brewing industry’s first Internet of Things shipment monitoring

    Dublin, Ireland, Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, a subsidiary of Globalstar, is underpinning the first Internet of Things system for monitoring craft beer while it is shipped around the world with its STX3 chipset.Globalstar has reduced the size of its Simplex Transmitter Unit (STX) by 2/3 to help customers design and build compact and efficient communications devicesUS beer distributor, B United International, is deploying Ovinto’s satellite-enabled sensor techno...

  • Airfreight industry to benefit from perishables growth despite modal shift

    Barcelona, Spain: The airfreight industry will continue to benefit from growth in the perishables market despite the threat of ocean transport grabbing marketshare, reports Air Cargo News.Janet Coldebella, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo business development manager – fresh, Americas, said,  speaking at the Cool Chain Association (CCA) Perishables Summit in Barcelona, that although ocean freight providers were taking market share, several shippers who had made the move had tried o...

  • Lineage Logistics latest to expand Charleston port’s cold storage

    Port of Charleston, South Carolina, US: More than five years in the making, Wednesday saw the official opening of the Lineage Logistics cold store in North Charleston, reports the Post and Courier.“It’s been a long, long time a-coming, but folks it’s here,” said mayor Keith Summey during a ceremony to mark the completion of this area’s largest refrigerated distribution center for import and exports of meat, poultry, vegetables and other temperature-sensitive pr...

  • Is your pharma supply chain ready for the summer?

    Atlanta, Georgia , US: The growing number of biopharmaceuticals, the globalization of the pharmaceutical supply chain, and tightening regulatory requirements have all contributed to the need for specialized solutions that require careful planning and monitoring on behalf of the shipper and the carrier, says Paul Steiner, vice president, Spend Management Experts, writing in Pharmpro.com website.Paul Steiner, vice president, Spend Management Experts“The official start to summe...

  • DHL launches new perishables cool-center at Schiphol

    Schiphol, Netherlands: DHL Global Forwarding’s new temperature-controlled logistics center provides high-value pharma, medical and life sciences commodities with an additional option when passing through Amsterdam’s Schiphol gateway.The new 1,000-sq meter Life Science Competence Center, which came at a cost of €1m, will serve as a hub for the processing, transfer and storage of temperature-sensitive commodities handled within the company’s Thermonet network.Like many simil...

  • Innovation in temperature-controlled transport packaging

    London, UK: Not all of the products you need to ship are created equal — and neither is their packaging. Today’s customers require precise processes and innovative tools capable of moving their shipments around the world within an increasingly narrow temperature range, says Sue Lee, technical portfolio manager, World Courier Management, writing on the company’s website.“These temperature- controlled packages are part of what we call the “cold chain,” and ...

  • FedEx Express to offer cold chain logistics capabilities

    Memphis, Tennessee, US: FedEx Express has opened its FedEx Cold Chain Centre at the FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.The 7,710-square-metre site was designed to protect the integrity of temperature-sensitive healthcare and perishable shipments made between Asia Pacific and the US plus other parts of the world. The new centre also forms an integral part of the FedEx global cold chain network and wider portfolio of the FedEx Healthcare solutions.Karen Reddington, presid...

  • DHL expands Thermonet industry-standard to ocean freight

    Miami, US: DHL Global Forwarding has  launched a new ocean freight product named DHL Ocean Thermonet that is specially tailored to the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector.DHL aims new service at the pharmaceuticals industries’ demand for ocean freight solutionsThis service is aimed at the pharmaceuticals industries’ growing demand for ocean freight solutions. DHL Ocean Thermonet enables round-the clock monitoring of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products and the possibili...

  • Achieving pole position with refrigerated transport

    Manchester, UK: In the world of Formula 1, speed is fundamental to success, whether that is achieving the fastest lap time during qualifying or the quickest pit stop during a championship race, every second counts.However, as John Lee, managing director of Courier Express explains, the need for speed is not limited to the track.Formula 1 teams, many of who are located within the UK’s ‘motorsport valley’ in and around Oxfordshire, rely heavily on an expert supply chain...

  • FlashLink mini electronic time-temperature indicator

    Pleasanton, California, US: DeltaTrak has launched its new FlashLink Mini Electronic Time-Temperature Indicator.DeltaTrak’s single-use device that monitors seafood productsSeafood shippers and receivers need to properly monitor the temperature of fresh refrigerated, and vacuum packed products during transport and storage to ensure they have not been exposed to temperature abuse which could cause serious foodborne illness.DeltaTrak’s FlashLink Mini Electronic TTI is a single...

  • Envirotainer expands in India

    Delhi, India: Envirotainer has opened a new service station in Delhi, India to support growing pharmaceutical business in the cold chain.“India is a world player in generic drugs manufacturers and API (pharmaceuticals) supplier for decades,” said Suat Toh, head of sales (Asia-Pacific). “Envirotainer has been supporting Indian pharmaceutical needs by providing best-in-class cold chain solutions for pharma products that require a controlled environment since year 2000.“With...

  • Swiss WorldCargo creates temperature-controlled air cargo corridor

    Zurich, Switzerland:  CCA Member Swiss WorldCargo, together with Swiss handler Cargologic and Asian gateway services provider SATS, have created a secure temperature-controlled, quality corridor between Singapore and Zurich, reports Air Cargo News.The partners say they have synchronised their cargo handling facilities and procedures between the two airports.This in turn makes for more accurate and reliable handling on the ground and in the air, along with fully paperless cargo acceptance pr...

  • Major Indian trucker moves into refrigerated transportation

    Delhi, India: Transport Corporation of India is moving into the cold chain logistics in order to tap into rapidly growing demand for refrigerated cargo services in the country.Transport Corporation of India is moving into the cold chain logisticsThe company on Wednesday opened a 250,000-square-foot temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution center at Gurgaon, an industrial and manufacturing point near Delhi, and said it plans to develop a chain of cold storage facilities in the country ov...

  • Carrier’s Pulsor prescribed for pharmaceutical deliveries

    Alderley Edge, Cheshire, UK: PDQ Specialist Courier Services selected Carrier Transicold’s Pulsor 400 multi-temperature fridges to provide the cooling power for a pair of new 3.5 tonne Mercedes-Benz vans, used to transport temperature-critical pharmaceutical and clinical trial deliveries in the UK and Europe.PDQ Specialist Courier Services selected Carrier Transicold’s Pulsor 400 multi-temperature fridges to provide the cooling power for a pair of new 3.5 tonne Me...

  • DeltaTrak has new reusable data logger

    Pleasanton, California, US: DeltaTrak has launched its new FlashLink USB PDF reusable data loggers.“Temperature verification is an important part of effective facility, equipment and process management,” the compoany saus.DeltaTrak’s new FlashLink USB PDF reusable data loggers“Our new line of reusable loggers are cost effective solutions for accurately monitoring and recording temperature conditions in cold storage warehouses, walk-in coolers, freezers, processi...

  • Temperature-controlled pharmaceutical packaging market to increase at 9.3% by 2026

    Valley Cottage, NY, US: North America and Western Europe are the most lucrative markets for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical packaging but demand is also growing in Asia Pacific, says a new report from Future Market Insights.Its latest report estimates the global temperature-controlled pharmaceutical packaging market to increase at 9.3% CAGR through 2026. The report estimates the market to rake in $2.77bn in revenue by the end of 2016.Focus on preventing temperature excursion...

  • Global cold chain market poised to reach £271.9bn by 2020

    Deerfield Beach, FL, US: Global demand for cold chain market was valued at $110.20bn in 2014 and is expected to reach $271.9bn in 2020, growing at 13.9% between 2015 and 2020, says a new report from Zion Research.In terms of volume, the global cold chain market stood at 552.09 million cubic meters in 2014.Advancement in the healthcare sector has rapidly expanded in the last decade and the trend is expected to continue within the forecast period, in turn driving the market for cold chai...

  • United Cargo to begin accepting new temperature controlled container

    Houston, Texas, US: United Cargo has begun accepting the Envirotainer RAP e2 temperature-controlled container, reports Air Cargo News.United can now transport the entire suite of Envirotainer’s active units on the airline’s network of 59 TempControl-certified handling locations.The RAP e2 does not require dry ice or battery replacement – it uses rechargeable batteries to power its electric heating and compressor cooling system.The Envirotainer RAP e2 supports any desired s...

  • Biologistex, MNX to offer cold chain logistics for biopharma

    Irvine, CA, US: Biologistex has partnered with MNX Global Logistics to provide cold chain logistics services to the biopharma, biobanking, and regenerative medicine markets, reports LBR Supply Chain.The services will be offered through the Biologistex SaaS app. Both the companies have agreed to combine their respective IT systems to allow users of the biologistex cloud based cold chain logistics app to directly order and purchase MNX support and logistic services.The services incl...

  • Temperature-control needed for more than just food

    Chelmsford, MA, US: Temperature-control for goods such as electronics is vital but something that may not be top of mind, says Jim Holmes, director of sales, Kewill writing in EBN.“Temperature control is crucial to ensuring that some products arrive in pristine, brand-new condition. Just as ice cream won’t be edible if shipped at any temperature other than 20 degrees below zero, electronics need to be shipped within a certain temperature range in order to arrive in working condition,...

  • Study reveals major growth potential for refrigerated trailer market

    New York, US: The Asia-Pacific region could play a key role in the growth of the refrigerated trailer market, according to a new report by Persistence Market Research, reports Trailer Magazine.The global refrigerated trailer market was valued at US$5.4 billion in 2014 and is projected to expand at an annual rate of 4.4 per cent per cent until 2021. By then, it will be worth some US$7.2 billion, according to the report.Regionally, the predicated growth rate varies between three and five...

  • Airfreight: Frankfurt is becoming Europe´s largest certified pharma-hub

    Frankfurt, Germany: Frankfurt is pitching to lead Europe in temperature and time sensitive goods, specifically pharmaceutical shipments such as vaccines or medicine.Currently numerous companies are pursuing the IATA CEIV Pharma certification with the strong support of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt. Their common goal: Frankfurt becomes the largest certified pharmaceutical gateway in Europe.“The products and services related to the transport of pharmaceutical shipments have always been w...

  • Clinical Trial Logistics event to highlight compliant supply chain strategy

    London, UK: SMi Group’s 10th Clinical Trial Logistics conference opens its doors next month to all network movers and shakers representing pharma and biotech as well as regulatory bodies.The 2016 agenda has been tailored to reflect industry-specific challenges on increasingly complex clinical trial logistics.In addition to hearing case studies on regulatory updates and issues within supply chain operations, this year’s event will feature three presentations from industry leaders...

  • Lithuania: LP Express begins pharma logistics services

    Vilnius, Lithuania: Lithuania Post’s LP Express has started offering a logistics service for pharmaceutical companies, according to Post & Parcel.A statement from Lithuania Post said: “Using vehicles with installed modern temperature maintenance and control technologies, LP Express couriers can ensure qualitative and meeting the highest requirements and international standards delivery of items containing pharmaceutical products.”Juozas Buitkus, head of Lithuania Post&...

  • Swiss WorldCargo new range of temperature-controlled containers

    Zurich, Switzerland: CCA Member Swiss WorldCargo will offer a new range of temperature-controlled containers after signing a deal to offer Va-Q-tec’s devices directly to its customers.Va-Q-tec offers five “passive” hard shell container sizes, taking up to two pallets inside, that can offer temperature ranges from -70°C to +25°C.Swiss head of cargo Ashwin Bhat said: “With Va-Q-tec’s containers we welcome the opportunity to offer a more complete, value-added p...

  • Emirates SkyCargo launches protection for temperature-sensitive cargo

    Dubai, UAE: Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates Airline, has launched a next-generation version of its innovative protection product for valuable temperature-sensitive cargo, such as pharmaceutical products.Called White Cover Advanced, it uses DuPont’s Tyvek material made of high density polyethylene to form a protective barrier against varying external temperatures and direct sunlight.The special material is water resistant to prevent moisture damage while at the same time b...

  • TNT signs up two customers for cold chain packaging and shipping

    Hoofddorp, Netherlands: TNT has signed up two customers for its new cold chain packaging and shipping solution Medpak VI°C, which officially launches this month. One is a leading clinical trial company; the other is a global biotech company.Medpak VI°C is a reusable temperature-controlled packaging network service to help healthcare manufacturers reduce costs and waste when shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and biological materials, according to TNT.This service is ...

  • Can digitisation help crack perishable supply chain inefficiencies?

    London, UK: Tackling waste from different angles remains the top concern at the 8th Cool Logistics Global Conference in Bremen and the role of digitisation will be a key issue.Shereen Zarkani, recently-appointed head of Reefer Management at Maersk Line, will be the first to admit that implementing real-time remote container management (RCM) technology across the carrier’s global refrigerated container operations has not been without its challenges.Maersk’s new RCM system, which conne...

  • Dearman presents at IIR conference on sustainability and the cold chain

    London, UK:  Dearman presented analysis to leading industry representatives, at the 4th IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain.Dearman presented a paper Driving Clean Cold, which details the environmental impact of the growing transport refrigeration market and explores the implementation of zero-emission alternatives.The paper builds on research predicting extremely rapid growth of demand for transport refrigeration. Upper estimates suggest there could be ov...

  • Cold Chains in the Developing World: Catch-Up and Leapfrog

    Cold chain capacity in the major developing economies is inadequate by any measure. In China, 12 million tonnes of fruit and 130 million tonnes of vegetables are damaged each year at an estimated cost of $20 billion – which is perhaps unsurprising since only 5% is transported by cold chain, compared to 90% in the UK. In India, where less than 4% of the 104 million tonnes of fresh produce transported each year goes by cold chain, the value lost to wastage is $13 billion.

  • Faster Freight, Fresher Food in China

    China's urbanisation and household income growth are making fresh foods like meat, potatoes and dairy products more common in the Chinese diet. As fresh food demand increases in China, food and agribusinesses are searching for improvements in food safety, quality and more efficient paths to the Chinese consumer. Rabobank research is helping to find better, safer, faster ways for fresh agricultural products to travel from Europe to China.

  • CCA Member DUS Cargo to Join Club of Supreme Pharma Handlers

    The CEIV Pharma certification program launched by IATA is rapidly gaining speed. Following the licensing of Brussels Airport Cargo, Liege and Milan, AF-KL Cargo and Changi Airport, Dusseldorf Cargo has apparently also become a Center of Excellence for Independent Validators on Pharmaceutical Handling certification (CEIV Pharma). The successful achievement of this aim will be made official at the WCS meeting being held in Berlin.

  • Startup trials autonomous delivery robots in Greenwich

    Estonian robotics startup Starship Technologies secures permission to trial self-driving delivery robots in Greenwich, south-east London. Starship Technologies, a supplier of autonomous robotics technology, has secured permission from Greenwich Council to trial self-driving delivery robots. The Estonia-based startup –  set up by two of Skype’s co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis – has just opened a London office in the area.

  • Healthcare Shippers Need Certified Air Cargo Supply Chain

    The air cargo industry will have to keep pace with the explosive growth of the healthcare industry. The healthcare industry is going through an impressive expansion which has a direct impact on the supply chains needed. The second day of an event at Liege Airport looked into the chances of the air cargo industry as a preferred logistics partner.

  • UPS Adds Cryogenic Shipping to Its Temperature-Sensitive Portfolio in Europe

    UPS Temperature True® Cryo keeps products frozen at -150°C, and provides monitoring, intervention and financial risk mitigation UPS announced the launch of UPS Temperature True® Cryo in Europe, providing healthcare customers access to end-to-end product protection and capability to ship parcels in a cryogenic environment. The service includes real-time tracking and intervention, which, when combined with UPS’s risk mitigation solutions and global network of control towers, will provide comp...

  • Amazon Ties Up With Morrisons To Offer Customers Fresh Food

    Online retailer Amazon is poised to enter the British fresh food market after agreeing a supply deal with supermarket Morrisons. Morrisons said that the deal would allow Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry customers access to Morrisons ambient, fresh and frozen products in the “coming months”. Amazon Pantry was launched in the UK last year but did not offer fresh food.

  • Major Opportunity to Improve Air Quality by Tackling Auxiliary Engine Emissions

    Zero-emission transport refrigeration systems could cut overall engine pollution from refrigerated vehicles by up to 93% and have a major impact on air quality, says Dearman, the clean cold technology company. Dearman’s research indicate that equipping a Euro 6, 17-tonne rigid truck with a zero-emission refrigeration system, as opposed to a diesel-powered unit, would cut the vehicle’s overall engine emissions of particulate matter by 93%, and reduce NOx emissions by 73%. A study released last ye...

  • Cool at the CV Show

    For transport operators moving goods that need to be kept at controlled-temperatures, the Cool Zone at the CV Show is top of the visit list. The CV Show takes place from 26-28 April, at the NEC, Birmingham and attracts close to 20,000 visitors. Preview the refrigerated vehicles and bodywork, the latest fridge units and systems, monitoring equipment and many other products and services specific to cold chain operations.

  • A Fundamental Shift In Ocean Transport

    Over the past 15 years, specialized reefer carriers have lost their majority control of seaborne perishable trade to containerized carriers. In 2000, specialized carriers held 60 percent of the market. Today it’s closer to 26 percent or less.

  • This Biologistic Drone That Will Save Your Life

    This is Flash Biologistic’s latest innovation project. After creating the first electric car with a patented solution of cooling temperature with 3 separate compartments, the European leader in healthcare urgent shipment proves again its appetite for innovation in this area launching the first healthcare drone delivery service. Luxembourg, 02.18.2016 - Flash Biologistic decided to join the Drones For Life consortium, leader in autonomous transportation of samples.

  • DVZ: Perishables Logistics Under Pressure While Sea Trade Is Rising

    Consumers changing their eating habits and stores restructuring their supply chain are causing headaches to food logisticians, according to the German specialised newspaper DVZ, which published a thematic insert on perishables and cool chain logistics in its February 2nd edition. Changes in consuming habits and technical innovations will impact the industry this year, for good and for worse. Costs have risen strongly in the German logistics sector, especially for perishables transporters.

  • AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo awarded IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification

    CCA Member AIR FRANCE KLM MARTINAIR Cargo is the first major airline group to be awarded the IATA CEIV Pharma certificate for its hub operations in Amsterdam and Paris, as well as the Air France and KLM airline processes. Amsterdam & Paris – Having joined the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) programme, our airline group was awarded CEIV Pharma Certification on 11 February 2016 for our hub operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, as well...

  • IQPC Cool Chain Europe 2016

    The community has a cool time in Frankfurt The Cool Chain Sector is flourishing and the awareness for quality logistics is growing as well. The global pharmaceuticals market is worth 300 billion Dollars a year (according to WHO) and the pharmaceutical logistics market is valued at over 64 billion Dollars. This sector stands for high value services which attracts large and niche companies to the IQPC Cool Chain Europe Conference every year.

  • FedEx launches 'One-Stop' Cold Chain Solutions in China

    Express transportation company FedEx Express has launched “one-stop” cold chain solutions in mainland China. Outbound FedEx International Priority (IP) Service and domestic Priority Delivery Service in China now offer two packaging solutions – Gel-pack Temperature-Controlled Package and FedEx Cold Shipping Package. With three temperature ranges of -20-0° Celsius, 2-8° Celsius and 15-25° Celsius, these solutions are aimed at industries that require refrigeration for their shipments, particularly ...

  • Temperature Control: A Critical Food Safety Element

    A critical element of food safety is maintaining proper temperatures from the field to the fork. In practical terms, this means keeping produce cold enough to inhibit pathogen growth or spoilage from the time it leaves the farm or orchard until it’s in the customer’s possession. It also means cooking certain foods at high enough temperatures for long enough to be safe and maintaining prepared, ready-to-eat (RTE) foods at the proper temperatures (and keeping frozen foods cold enough to remain tha...

  • Cold Chain Market in Europe 2015-2019 - Growth of Chilled and Frozen Food Industry Is a Key Market Driver

    Cold Chain vendors are looking toward unified solutions and not just focusing on warehousing and transportation as a stand-alone service. Retailers are focusing on integrated logistics for their overall procurement. Third-party logistics providers based out of Eastern Europeare developing their infrastructure by networking the hubs and distribution centers.

  • Perishables, Pharmaceuticals Warm Up Air Cargo Growth

    After a fast start to 2015, global air cargo volumes grew just 1.8 percent year-over-year in May, according to market research firm WorldACD, but don’t blame perishables and pharmaceuticals. The two temperature-controlled segments — among the most lucrative because of the time-sensitive nature of their delivery — were the best-performing cargo classes during the month, and are at the forefront of air carrier plans to bolster revenue. One of those carriers is American Airlines, which opened a $5 ...

  • New Business Development Manager for DuPont(TM) Tyvek® Air Cargo Covers

    DuPont Protection Technologies has appointed Yves Le Minor as European Business Development Manager for the Tyvek® Air Cargo Cover range. Drawing on his experience as part of the Tyvek® Air Cargo team since the beginning of 2014, Yves Le Minor will work alongside his DuPont counterparts in the Americas and Asia to identify and engage with new business partners in the pharma and perishables logistics sectors. He has been tasked with building on the huge success of the Tyvek® Air Cargo Cover range...

  • What the "Cold Economy" means for a Warming World

    The modern world is cold. From air conditioning to temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals production to data center cooling to the vast global “cold chain” of refrigerated food transportation and storage, the ability to create low temperatures at will has become a hallmark of advanced societies. And the demand for cold is on the rise.

  • DHL, UPS Build Up ‘Cold Chain’ Shipping for Pharmaceuticals

    Investments come as report says changes in drug manufacturing put a greater premium on temperature controls in logistics   The move by drug manufacturers toward more structurally-complex drugs is creating a need for stronger temperature controls in distribution channels, according to a paper released by Deutsche Post DHL AG. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency The largest U.S. logistics companies are preparing for a boom in spending on specialty drugs that require temperature-controlled ...

  • The Impact of Accidental Freezing in the Vaccine Cold Chain

    More than 90% of all vaccines require a temperature-controlled supply chain (the “cold chain”) that begins with the manufacturer and ends with the administration of the vaccine to the patient. Typically, shipping and storage guidelines advise that vaccines and biologics remain between 2° and 8° Celsius, the temperature range from which stability data was historically derived. By prioritizing protecting vaccines from excess heat, the better-known hazard, cold chain practices may risk exposing vac...

  • Cold Chain Failure Suspected in Rabied Death

    Failure of the temperature-controlled supply chain, or “cold chain”, is suspected in the death of a six-year-old girl who was bitten by a rabid dog last month in the northern Indian town of Mani Majra. Despite the rapid response of healthcare providers, the victim ultimately died from rabies. Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease that causes tens of thousands of deaths each year.

  • Exploring Alternatives to the Cold Chain Delivery System in China

    The rapid growth in the biopharmaceutical and vaccine industries is driven in part by increased demand in emerging markets, particularly throughout Asia. China is rapidly becoming a major player in biopharmaceuticals – a recent report by IMS Health predicted that China is poised to become the world’s third largest pharma market. The same report suggested that a key limiting growth factor is China’s lack of cold chain infrastructure.

  • Brussels Airport Innovating the Pharma Cool Chain

      In recent years the Pharma Air Shipment segment has been growing rapidly while various stakeholders have attempted to remain compliant. There has been a growing interest in aggregating and extending the standards across communities of vendors sharing a platform. Now for the first time, CCA Member Brussels Airport Company has championed the idea in collaborating with pharma shippers, truckers, forwarders, cargo carriers and handlers at Airport level.

  • Malik Zeniti from DuPont to speak at Europe's leading Life Sciences Logistics Event in Frankfurt

    Zeniti will discuss the use of high performance low-bulk cargo covers for cool-chain applications at the 14th Annual Coolchain Temperature Controlled Logistics Europe conference, January 27th-28th in Frankfurt. “This gives me a prestigious platform on which to present the latest developments and applications of the DuPont Tyvek® technology in the important area of temperature control for pharmaceuticals and biologics during transit,” says Zeniti, who is responsible for Market Development at DuPo...

  • Amsafe Bridport hires Dia Romanowicz to drive cargo cover sales

    AmSafe Bridport is strengthening its Thermal Business sales force to grow the Tyvek® Air Cargo Cover business in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) AmSafe Bridport, global leader in cargo protection and restraint systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dia Romanowicz as Sales Manager for the company’s thermal protection business. Dia will be responsible for expanding sales of the Tyvek® Air Cargo Cover range within EMEA. Dia brings several years of experience in temperature-con...

  • Freight Savings from Thinner, Lighter Cargo Covers

    With more and more airlines using 'dimensional' or 'volume' weight rather than 'actual weight' to calculate fuel and other surcharges, shippers are looking to trim both the weight and bulk of their freight packaging. Traditional thermal cargo covers can significantly contribute to airfreight cost due to their bulk and weight. "A thickly-insulated cargo cover, or even a bulky 'bubblewrap' type material, can easily be adding more than €60 to the intercontinental air freight cost of a typical, volu...

  • Questions Under the Cold Light

    Interview with Malik Zeniti, DuPont.   The temperature control of perishable products during transit continues to be a hot topic. With the latest EU good distribution practice (cGDP) for pharmaceuticals now in place and with concerns over food wastage gaining momentum, the need for adequate freight safeguards has never been greater.

  • Community Certification Project for Pharma Handling at Brussels Airport

    Brussels Airport to become world’s first CEIV Pharma certified community   Industry Context The global pharmaceutical industry relies on the speed of air cargo for moving this high-value, temperature-sensitive cargo. Pharma shipping has in recent years become the fastest-growing segment of the international air freight industry and not only cargo carriers but forwarders and handlers have attempted to secure their share of the sector through branded and specialised products and services. Key...

  • Big Covers Tackle the Big Heat

    Due to demand DuPont are now producing Tyvek® air cargo covers in a range of larger sizes to fit the full height pallets and Unit Load Devices (ULD) used in upper-deck air-freighter carriage. High performance, triple action Tyvek® air cargo covers provide pharmaceutical companies and their logistics providers with multi-threat thermal protection for temperature-sensitive products during the storage, ground handling and air transit stages of distribution. The covers provide a reliable and afforda...

  • Sunscreen keeps drugs out of the heat

    Reports are being received that some distributors of pharmaceuticals have experienced large losses as a result of being unprepared for sudden temperature events such as the recent record-breaking heatwave in parts of South America. The latest triple-action air cargo covers from DuPont provide vital sun protection to pharmaceuticals that are exposed to potentially damaging solar radiation during their journey to market. In recent months the world has witnessed a succession of temperature extremes...

  • Cold Chain Event Dubai (3-4 June 2014)

    International and Regional Cold Chain Experts will gather in Dubai to discuss the Challenges faced in Effective Cold Chain Management Dubai, UAE 13th April 2014  MCI Group is proud to announce the annual MENA Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Conference, which will be held in Dubai on 3rd and 4th June 2014. The conference is supported by international and regional partners including Cool Chain Association and Supply Chain & Logistics Group According to the Cold Chain Biopharma Logistics Sourceb...

  • CCA welcomes NomadPower as a New Member

    COOL CHAIN ASSOCIATION A.S.B.L. (CCA) today announced that NomadPower from The Netherlands joined the CCA as a new associate member. The CCA is committed to reduce wastage and improve the quality, efficiency and value of the temperature sensitive supply chain by facilitating and enabling vertical & horizontal collaboration, education and innovation amongst our members and stakeholders.

  • Tyvek Press Release CoolChain 2014

    Tyvek® 3-in-1 Air Cargo Covers perform at Europe's largest Cool Chain event Star performers at Cool Chain Logistics Europe in Luxembourg from 27 - 29 January, 2014 were the Tyvek® range of triple-action Air Cargo Covers from DuPont. Tyvek® covers provide a dependable and affordable means of complying with the new EU GDP for pharmaceutical products. High performance, triple action Tyvek® Air Cargo Covers provide pharmaceutical companies and their logistics providers with multi-threat thermal prot...

  • Cargolux is the first GDP certified airline

    Cargolux is the first GDP certified airline CCA Member Cargolux Airlines was granted Good Distribution Practice (GDP) status by Bureau Veritas Certification Germany GmbH, attesting that the company’s management system fulfills the requirements of the EU directive ‘Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use’ and of WHO guidelines. Cargolux is the first airline worldwide to be GDP certified, which underlines its strong commitment to the safe and expedient movement...

  • Mending the Broken Pharma Cold Chain

    Despite the critical nature of the drugs being handled and transported from one part of the world to another, everyone involved in the pharma cold chain agrees that there are still no enforceable document and no standardization of the rules when it comes to pharmaceutical transport. Moreover, executives from the freight and logistics industries say the pharma cold chain reminds "broken" and that shippers see airports as the weakest links in the chain. Read the full article here.

  • Sea freight takes a bite out of air freight’s perishable volumes

    Rising costs and shifting trade lane patterns towards sea freight and emerging markets are harming volumes in the air industry’s perishable goods sector. Frank van Gelder, consultant of cool chain air freight projects at Adelantex told delegates at the recent Cool Logistics Global conference in Rotterdam that the variety of perishable products to be shipped by air would become more “limited” than previously expected. The industry faces increasing costs overall and declining volumes.

  • Cool Chain Handling: Two-Tier Warning

    Investment in technology and infrastructure among air cargo firms handling pharmaceutical and healthcare products is resulting in a two-tier supply chain, a conference on ground handling has heard.  There are those companies who invest and those who do not, explains Marcel Fujike, senior vice-president of products and services, global air logistics at Kuehne +Nagel. He, along with Sebastiaan Scholte, chairman of the Cool Chain Association (CCA), is calling on IATA to wade into the handling ...

  • Jan de Rijk Logistics awarded for Best Regional Logistics Provider by Payload Asia

    CCA Chairman Sebastiaan Scholte is very proud to announce that Jan de Rijk Logistics has been awarded by Payload Asia as Best Regional Logistics Provider of the year 2013. Sebastiaan Scholte - CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics - received the prestigious award during the award gala in Singapore on the 17th of October. This award proves again that Jan de Rijk Logistics is providing a great service to its customers within Europe.

  • The seafood capacity crunch

    Which comes first, capacity or market? Is air cargo capacity put in place to serve an existing need, or by becoming available can it create a whole new type of demand? Colin MacDonald, chairman ofClearwater Seafoods Inc, clearly thinks the latter is the case in his home market of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Payload Asia Awards 2013 Winners Announced

    Among the 23 awards given out was a special Editor’s Choice Award which saw Oliver Evans, Chief Cargo Officer of SwissWorldCargo, honoured with Personality of the Year, for his work championing the industry as chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). The hard work and many successes of the air cargo community were celebrated last night at the Payload Asia Awards 2013, which honoured the very best in the industry at a spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Pan...

  • Why cool-chain handling needs to get its act together

    There's a desperate need for standardisation in the handling of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products in the air cargo supply chain, warns the Cool Chain Association (CCA).  Poor communication and training, a deficiency in the required skills, along with cost pressures are just some of the ‘weak links’ affecting quality of service, a conference on ground handling has heard.  Sebastiaan Scholte, chairman of the CCA, is calling on IATA to take the lead in addressing these problems by “...

  • IAG Cargo opens Heathrow pharmaceuticals centre

    IAG Cargo, the freight arm of British Airways and Iberia, has opened this new pharmaceuticals centre at Heathrow airport. It is the latest step in the expansion of its Constant Climate service for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical materials. With increasing numbers of shipments of this type moving to and from Africa, the new Constant Climate Centre will handle and store IAG Cargo’s Passive and Active Constant Climate products.

  • Transnet costs box lines $4m as fruit shippers charter conventional reefers

    South Africa’s embattled fruit exporters have made good on their promise to look at alternatives to container shipping services affected by wind problems at Cape Town Container Terminal, and will transfer some volumes to conventional reefer ships later this year. A group of 14 major exporters including Capespan, Dole, and Asda-owned International Procurement & Logistics, have contracted with shipowner NYKCool to charter four conventional reefer vessels to coincide with the beginning of the p...

  • Unreliable air cargo industry loses pharma traffic to sea, while ‘IATA sleeps’

    The air cargo industry and IATA need to act urgently to prevent further modal shift of pharmaceutical traffic to sea freight, on the basis of quality rather than price, according to forwarders and shippers. Analysis by Seabury presented at the CCA Event in Lisbon, indicates that air freight’s share of global pharmaceutical transport has plummeted from 17% in 2000 to just 11% today. The primary reason cited by shippers was that sea was more reliable than air, delegates at the Air Cargo Handling c...

  • Box lines missing out on a blossoming revenue stream, says FloraHolland

    The world’s major container shipping alliances are missing a “huge opportunity” by neglecting the flower trade between east Africa and Europe. A leading figure in the international flower supply chain said the savings for cargo owners would also be significant if container lines offered better refrigerated services on the route. Edwin Wenink, supply chain development manager at CCA Member FloraHolland,  explained that the Netherlands-based flower sales co-operative which turns over €4....

  • Reefer shippers fed up with volatile rates opt for longer-term deals with lines

    Reefer shippers are signing contracts with container shipping lines that last for as long as five years, Maersk Line’s head of global refrigerated business Thomas Eskesen claimed. He told delegates at the Cool Logistics Global conference in Rotterdam this week that the general rate increase of $1,500 per 40ft reefer unit had acted as “a catalyst” for discussions between carriers and shippers to enter a new era. “A lot of people are simply worn out by the volatility – haggling for $50-100 per box...

  • Delta Cargo's new 3,000-sq ft refrigerated storage unit in Detroit

    Delta Cargo, the airfreight division of Delta Air Lines, has opened a new 3,000-sq ft refrigerated storage unit at Detroit-Wayne County International Airport that will offer in-transit cooling and specialised handling for temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals and other perishables.  Designed and built in about five months, the facility uses precise temperature settings and controls to store sensitive shipments including pharmaceuticals, flowers, fish and seafood as well as ...

  • The spy in the box tracking air cargo

    On-Line Tracking, Cargo 2000 and other performance measurements of air cargo all aim to give shippers the reassurance that their airfreight shipments will arrive on time. Data loggers placed in the cargo can prove whether it was properly treated on route – for example kept at the prescribed temperature, or kept upright and not shaken. But when performance does not live up to promises, such measures generally only tell the shipper about the problem after it has happened.

  • Panalpina plans to chill

    CCA Member Panalpina are planning for growing demand in the temperature controlled freight market. In the first half of this year 20 per cent of Panalpina’s air cargo moved on its Luxembourg-Huntsville route was temperature-controlled. The vast bulk of this cargo is shipped by the healthcare industry, but growing demand for temperature-controlled shipping can also be observed in other industries according to the carrier.

  • DB Schenker's South Korea healthcare bid

    As part of a plan to build global supply chain competence in the healthcare market, logistics giant and CCA Member DB Schenker has opened a new logistics centre in South Korea.  The 6,100-sq m facility, located in Gunpo, near Seoul, is fully equipped for healthcare operations, including a cold storage range of 2-8 °C and 15-25 °C products, and specialised vaults for sensitive pharma products, such as psychotropic and radioactive items.  The new centre is one of 26 such contract logisti...

  • Envirotainer and CHEP's cold chain alliance

    Cool Chain specialist and CCA Member Envirotainer and ULD management company CHEP are to work together in a strategic worldwide alliance. The deal addresses an increasing need for cold chain transportation of perishables, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. At the same time, Envirotainer is to establish four new fully Envirotainer-operated competence centres in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Singapore and Vienna.

  • Cargo Champion – Sebastiaan Scholte

    Remembering the simple pleasures of life have long been overshadowed by our alarmingly acquisitive global society, where celebrities are elevated to gods, commanding more newspaper column inches than they deserve and footballers are paid more money in a week than many earn in their entire lifetime. Federico Felliini famously advised: “You have to live spherically - in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm - and things will come your way.” CCA Chairman Sebastiaan Scholte's philosop...

  • Singapore’s Changi Airport seeks growth with gold: Tuna

    Along with many other airports around the world, Changi Airport is looking to perishables, pharmaceuticals and high value goods such as gold to boost volumes, hoping that rising wealth in Asia will contribute to this goal.  In the first quarter, volumes fell 2.2%, but the airport is hoping to attract more cargo through its Coolport facility, while Dnata’s new perishables centre will open later this year. It has already seen a rise in seafood transhipment, from Indonesia to Japan, while it e...

  • Russian demand drives Argentina fruit export growth

    The production and sale of Argentinian fruits and vegetables is beginning to rebound after a year in which the sector's problems continued to deepen; loss of competitiveness due to rising costs and lower demand, especially internationally because of the global economic crisis. According to a report by consultancy IES, the first quarter of 2013 yielded results that show an improvement, for starters, in the quantities produced. As for the harvest, the data show a 3.8% rise in fruits, driven by the...

  • Can pharma save South Africa’s air freight business ?

    Perishable volumes shipped by air in South Africa have shrivelled as rising costs, competition from other carriers – and African countries – have harmed the trade. Ronel Rossouw, national sales manager for South African Airlines, told the Cool Logistics conference in Cape Town last month that “the business is dying”. “We are getting more money moving perishables between Johannesburg and Cape Town that we do to London these days,” she said.

  • SkyCargo Strengthens its Cool Chain Premium Service

    SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has strengthened its Cool Chain Premium Service with the appointment of an additional cool chain solutions provider. SkyCargo has contracted CSafe, a global provider of cool chain solutions, for the supply and service of mobile refrigeration units used for its Cool Chain Premium Service, which specializes in the transport of temperature-sensitive products, including pharmaceuticals. The contract will pr...

  • Reefer containers set to pay their way under pool plan

    The possible formation of a grey pool for reefer containers moved a step closer this week with the publication of a new white paper on the concept and signs that resistance to its introduction is lessening. Steve Alaerts, general manager of perishable-specialist freight forwarder foodcareplus, told The Coolstar (sister publication to The Loadstar) that after an initial meeting in Antwerp earlier this year between representatives of the various stakeholders in the perishable mariti...

  • Stormy weather ahead for perishable shippers as capacity crunch looms

    Is there a new supply chain bottleneck looming in perishable maritime trades? As the longstanding lack of investment in conventional reefer capacity shows no sign of changing, and container carriers appear to have placed an unofficial moratorium on reefer box investment until their $1,000-plus per container general rate increase has become widely accepted throughout global markets, there is the growing possibility that shippers could find capacity increasingly scarce. In an irony that will not b...

  • Retailers take the lead in the flower supply chain in a bid to cut wastage

    The cut-flower supply chain is seeing a fundamental shift, as retailers trying to maintain or increase sale values are moving from a ‘push’ to a ‘pull’ model, with Bama Groupen, Norway’s largest private distributor of fruit and vegetables, leading the charge. The value of Africa’s cut flower sales to Europe amounts to some $500m – but about 20% of the value is wasted through poor temperature control along supply chains, a loss of $100m for retailers. “One quarter of the shipments from Kenya may ...

  • Retailers take the lead in the flower supply chain in a bid to cut wastage

    The cut-flower supply chain is seeing a fundamental shift, as retailers trying to maintain or increase sale values are moving from a ‘push’ to a ‘pull’ model, with Bama Gruupen, Norway’s largest private distributor of fruit and vegetables, leading the charge. The value of Africa’s cut flower sales to Europe amounts to some $500m – but about 20% of the value is wasted through poor temperature control along supply chains, a loss of $100m for retailers. “One quarter of the shipments from Kenya may ...

  • How to stop the rot in our obsolete cold chains

    During 2011-12, India produced about 127 million tonnes of milk, but the country has an estimated 70,000-80,000 tonnes of proper milk storage capacity. In 2011, India’s vegetables output was about 147 million tonnes, accounting for nearly 11 per cent of the world’s vegetable production. But here also the available cold chain capacity, a key requirement to stem wastage and enhance quality, is hardly 9 million tonnes.

  • Will the reefer trade go bananas over new design for larger-capacity vessels?

    A new conventional reefer ship design, potentially offering considerably higher loading capacity and far quicker port loading times, has been launched, targeting the banana trade between Latin America and Europe. The design – the result of the co-operation between veteran industry executive Birger Lindberg Skov, managing director of Reefer Intel, and one of the world’s largest ro-ro vessel operators, Stena – brings to the reefer trade the quarter stern ramp loading system often used in the ro-ro...

  • Temperature-sensitive logistics market in state of flux

    The temperature-sensitive logistics market is in a state of flux and there are many more questions than answers at the 12th annual Cool Chain Logistics Europe 2013 in Basel, Switzerland, the center of pharmaceutical manufacturing in Europe.  There is no doubt the cold chain is evolving to include every range of temperature control, with a special focus on Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) for drug maker’s ambient products. A quick poll of the IQPC event audience revealed many end users and ...

  • Competition heats up in the cool pharma supply chain

    Airlines and forwarders are introducing increasingly sophisticated pharma logistics products in response to new legislation and surging demand – but as sea freight options also try to gain a foothold in the market, competition is more intense than ever. Lured by potentially higher yields and solid demand, the air freight industry is gearing up for heavy competition on the increasingly regulated pharmaceuticals sector. Following the introduction of stricter rules on the transport of goods, includ...

  • Competition heats up in the cool pharma supply chain

    Airlines and forwarders are introducing increasingly sophisticated pharma logistics products in response to new legislation and surging demand – but as sea freight options also try to gain a foothold in the market, competition is more intense than ever. Lured by potentially higher yields and solid demand, the air freight industry is gearing up for heavy competition on the increasingly regulated pharmaceuticals sector. Following the introduction of stricter rules on the transport of goods, includ...

  • Reducing Supply Chain Barriers Could Increase Global GDP Up To 6 Times More Than Removing

    Summary:  New report finds that improvements in border administration and transport & telecommunications infrastructure and services could result in an up to 4.7% increase in global GDP, far outweighing potential income gains from complete elimination of import tariffs.  Governments should take a holistic approach that considers the entire supply chain, focusing on all policies that impact supply chain efficiency to improve national competitiveness.  SME sector would witness i...

  • Pharma shippers pool resources under Panalpina plan

    CCA Member Panalpina is urging its healthcare customers to share transport, while forging new intermodal routes for less urgent pharmaceutical shipments, in an attempt to cut shippers’ logistics bills. The first route, from Europe to countries in Latin America including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, will use air, road and ocean freight, while it is also working on an intermodal route from the US to Latin America. The initiative began a year ago, when Panalpina identified that pharmaceu...

  • Flower shippers look to stick the petal in the metal

    It’s not all bad news coming from the icy reefer trades. The container industry’s doldrums are at least helping to introduce a little more South American colour to the wintry North European landscape. Rock bottom reefer rates have encouraged Colombian and Ecuadorean flower exporters to make the shift from air to sea transport on key long-haul trades, in particular South America to the UK and Russia.

  • Applications of Microbiological Risk Assessments in the Food Chain

    The EHEC O104:H4 epidemic outbreak in Northern Germany in the spring of 2011 has shown the great vulnerability of the consumer to emerging pathogens having acquired a deadly combination of virulence factors and being introduced into the food chain through unexpected gateways. The observation that infected sprouted seeds were on the origin of the German outbreak and the French cluster of hemolytic uremic syndrome was crucial to implement the necessary control measures. Although EHEC O104:H4 has n...

  • Global Food Losses and Food Waste

    This study highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways of preventing them. The results of the study suggest that roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year.

  • Staf gets Thermo King Energy Efficiency Leader Award

    CCA Member Thermo King has presented Staf with an Energy Efficiency Leader Award in recognition of Staf’s work implementing Thermo King’s cryogenics refrigeration system. In 2011 Staf piloted five trucks converted to use the new CryoTech refrigeration system with recycled R-744 refrigerant. The open-loop system reduces emissions and provides superior performance compared to conventional diesel-powered units. Staf has cut its CO2 emissions by approximately 44,560kg annually wi...

  • Cool Logistics for Pharma & Healthcare Survey

    300+ Pharma Cool Chain Related Executives answered the questions in this survey (September 2012): Q: Which of these best represents the products that you are principally moving through your supply chain ? Branded Pharmaceuticals 29% Biopharmaceutical's 23% Healthcare Distribution (on behalf of one of the above) 16% Clinical Supplies and IMP’s 11% Other 11% Generics and OTC products 3% Q: What are the top 3 priorities in your temperature assured distribution supply chain ? Reduce or pre...

  • IAI cold chain exhibition for India

    IAI Cold Chain Expo 2012 will focus on the rapidly growing Indian cold chain industry. The 6th IAI Expo in December 2011 drew more than 13.000 visitors and more than 170 exhibitors over 3 days. “It is a global platform that connects the world to the Indian Cold Chain Industry, a sector growing at an encouraging rate of 20-25 percent in India.

  • Mandatory Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reporting start in the UK

    From next year it is mandatory for quoted companies in the UK to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of the directors’ report. Under UK law six greenhouse gases are defined: CO2 (carbon dioxide), CH4 (methane), N2O (nitrous oxide), HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), PFCs (perfluorocarbons), and SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride). In order that transparent and comparable data can be produced and meaningful analysis carried out, all reporting will be in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), ...

  • Kuehne+Nagel and CSafe Pharma deal

    Kuehne+Nagel and CSafe have signed an agreement to enhance Kuehne+Nagel’s pharmaceutical supply chain service. As part of the agreement, CSafe RKN will be added to Kuehne+Nagel’s health care product portfolio. Csafe president Brian Kohr said Csafe is “happy to provide services to Kuehne+Nagel for their expanded KN PharmaChain product offering.

  • TempTrip launches “one touch” temperature tag

    TempTrip has introduced a new ‘one touch’ intelligent tag for its web-based, cold chain time/temperature monitoring system. TempTrip says the temperature tag makes food and pharmaceutical cold chain management simple, yet more “intelligent” than ever before.  The new ultra high frequency (UHF) radio identification tag will be shown for the first time at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Expo, October 26-28, Anaheim, California. The new credit-card sized tag features a ta...

  • Cargo airlines losing out to ocean container carriers

    Airlines have permanently lost out to ocean container lines as box carriers grab an increasing share of the freight that was previously moved by air, according to logistics and cargo executives, reports the South China Morning Post. Alfred Hofmann, senior vice-president for sea freight in the Asia-Pacific at logistics giant Kuehne+Nagel, said the pharmaceutical industry and manufacturers of temperature-controlled products were at the “forefront of change” from airfreight to sea freight. “It’s a ...

  • Panalpina cuts costs for healthcare companies

    CCA Member and Logistics and freight forwarding company Panalpina says its customers in the healthcare industry could make significant cost savings in their supply chains by working together, such as by sharing transport space. Companies are increasing R+D budgets while looking to make savings elsewhere and Panalpina has identified freight forwarding as one area where savings are available to the industry. Supply chain decision-makers from some the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies attend...

  • Fridge orders flat says Thermo King

    CCA Member Thermo King reports that refrigerated transport revenues declined in the third quarter of the year compared with last year as moderate growth in the Americas was more than offset by declines in European and Asian markets and unfavourable currency exchange rates, according to parent Ingersoll-Rand. Ingersoll-Rand senior vice president Steven Shawley said that “orders were flat versus last years third quarter”. Revenues were also down high-single digits (down low-single digits when excl...

  • Cargolux expansion extends pharmaceutical opportunities

    Work is underway to extend the Cargolux warehouse in order to be able to safely move and store healthcare and pharmaceutical products. The 3,000 m2 warehouse expansion, which is due to be opened in Spring 2013, will enable the air freight firm to store temperature sensitive items while in transit. It will offer two temperature zones with permanent temperature monitoring, compliant with the global guidelines on the storage and distribution of medical products for human use.

  • Dubai hosts region’s first Food Logistics Forum

    The first Food Logistics Forum takes place on  20- 21 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The conference runs alongside three specialist food industry shows: Seafex, Speciality Food Festival, amd Sweets and Snacks Middle East. Dubai is the third largest re-exporter of food in the world and plays a critical role in the future growth of food logistics.

  • Shippers plead for direct contact with airlines

    Shippers have lambasted the air freight industry for failing to engage with their ultimate customers. One large manufacturer, which spends about $450 million on air freight each year out of a total transport budget of some $2.8 billion, told: “We have never had an airline knock on our door. All they do is complain.

  • Reducing Post Harvest Food Losses – The Critical Role Of Logistics

    Author: JOHN MANNERS-BELL, CEO, TRANSPORT INTELLIGENCE LTD In October 2011, the United Nations estimated that the world's population had reached seven billion. This landmark event was accompanied by many warnings regarding the impact of over-population. Wars, hunger, water shortages and disease have been forecast by many commentators, should the number of people in the world continue to grow at its present rate.

  • Rotterdam to get Cool Port

    The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Europe Container Terminals (ECT) and Kloosterboer have joined forces to develop Rotterdam Cool Port. Together, the companies will develop an intermodal hub for the transhipment and storage of temperature-controlled cargo such as fruit, meat and fish. The planned location for this hub is the Prins Willem Alexanderhaven on part of the current ECT City Terminal.

  • Merger of AcuTemp and CSafe

    On Monday, October 8, 2012, AcuTemp announced the acquisition of CSafe from AmSafe Inc. and the merger of AcuTemp and CSafe into one company – CSafe. As a result of this merger, the new company will become the only global provider of a full line of cold chain solutions including packaging, passive systems, active systems, with both airline and non-airline approval, and will be the world’s largest producer of actively controlled mobile refrigeration units for life sciences, healthcare, military a...

  • SA fruit growers oppose Maersk reefer box price rises

    South African citrous fruit shippers oppose the planned rate hike by AP Møller Maersk Group-controlled liner companies Maersk Line and Safmarine. The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa said its carrying out an impact assessment on the planned increases. The association’s chief executive, Justin Chadwick said there was “no plausible explanation that warranted such an increase”, calling it “overzealous” and “somewhat flawed”.

  • Guatemala cold chain operations course

    The Global Cold Chain Alliance is to host the first International Course on Cold Chain Operations in Guatemala City. The course, which is being held in Guatemala City on 14 – 15 November at the Clarion Suites Hotel, will bring together local and international experts who will share their knowledge and experience in different fundamental operations on the cold chain. The objective is to provide an overview of the cold chain in the food industry: its importance, sensitivity, and special requi...

  • Sainsbury’s to add new chilled storage building at Basingstoke

    Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is to start redeveloping its distribution depot in Basingstoke in October. The first phase of works will involve providing a new building for chilled storage on adjacent land at Houndmills which was purchased from former fork-lift truck manufacturer Linde. Sainsbury’s expects this first phase to be completed by August 2013: the new chilled storage building should be operating in time for Christmas 2013.

  • Envirotainer expands into Asia Pacific pharmaceutical market

    CCA Member and Cool Chain Container company Envirotainer from Sweden has opened a new branch in Singapore to gain more access to the Asia Pacific pharmaceutical market. Envirotainer chief executive Gustaf Ljunggren says that Asia Pacific is currently the world’s fastest growing pharmaceuticals market. “Asia Pacific is expected to grow by 97% and account for 29% of global pharma sales by 2016” Ljunggren says.

  • New name in German reefer trailers

    The new German trailer manufacturer Burg Silvergreen showed its new reefer semi-trailer Reefer SR03 at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012. The Reefer SR03 is based on an integrated chassis with a sliding plate at the neck.  ″We chose this construction because it is robust and long-lived and offers a lot of options to the customer″, says Paul Stempfle, director design and development, testing and homologation. Burg Silvergreen's new reefer semi-trailer Since driving force-related dynamics are ...

  • Thermo King’s all-electric zero-emission trailer fridge

    CCA Member Thermo King has launched an innovative zero emissions trailer fridge. The all-electric trailer refrigeration unit provides energy-efficient, sustainable transport for fresh and frozen applications. The all-electric refrigeration system has an advanced multi-functional power management system that takes power from any source and converts and conditions it to gain minimum energy consumption.

  • Demand for perishables to double in four years

    Fruit and veg are becoming increasingly tasty components of the air cargo business. A global surge in demand for premium perishable foodstuffs, including cherries, strawberries and blueberries, as well as fresh salmon and live lobsters – particularly from China – is helping fill freighters and aircraft bellies.  Forwarders and carriers now see ‘high value’ perishables as a prime business, as demand for such premium products increases around the world. Former Delta Air Lines’ cargo chief Nee...

  • Exelsius & IQPC Training for Healthcare Logistics

    Exelsius, the international Cold Chain Management Consultancy, has once again teamed up with IQPC to deliver its acclaimed 2-­day training course – Good Transportation Practices for Air, Road and Ocean for Temperature‐Sensitive Healthcare Products.  To be held in conjunction with IQPC’s 10th annual Cold Chain & Temperature Management Forum in Chicago September 24‐28 2012, the course will be of significant interest to all stakeholders in the logistics supply chain for temperature-sensiti...

  • Air Cargo and the Cold Chain

    A breakdown of the cold chain was implicated in the deaths of 128 children in India vaccinated in 2010. Since then, three major developments have occurred. Most temperature-controlled distribution channels operate effectively, but when a major breakdown in a cold chain causes widespread illness or even death, it can bring a higher level of public scrutiny to your supply chain.  Incidents like the deaths of 128 children in India caused regulatory agencies throughout the world to reexamine ph...

  • Kuehne + Nagel introduces real-time temperature control in airfreight

    As part of its KN PharmaChain product, Kuehne + Nagel has introduced newly developed active wireless sensors which record and transmit the temperature of pharmaceutical airfreight shipments along the entire supply chain. The use of active wireless sensors is a major achievement in the segment of seamless airfreight cold chains for pharmaceutical products. Generally, security rules prohibit the active use of mobile sensors during air transport.

  • IATA Time & Temperature Sensitive Label Mandatory by 1 July 2012

    Background Today the air cargo industry is using the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) as the essential reference guide for all parties involved in the packaging and handling of perishables for air transportation. Chapter 17 “Air Transport Logistics for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Products” in the PCR specifically addresses the temperature control management issues identified by the industry.  This Chapter provides the requirements for the transportation of time and temp...

  • Cold-chain services to global biopharma

    Cold-chain services to global biopharma will be a $7.6-billion industry in 2013, rising to $8.9 billion in 2016 Latest forecast from Pharmaceutical Commerce sees 37% growth between 2010-2013; delays in biosimilars commercialization will hamper future growth The 3rd annual Biopharma Cold Chain Sourcebook, a market study and guidance resource of this fast-evolving market pioneered by Pharmaceutical Commerce, has just been published. Factoring in global trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing and di...

  • Shippers question Maersk’s claim that they ‘accept’ reefer rate rises

    The importance of this year’s $1,500 per reefer container general rate increase to the finances of the world’s largest container line was underlined last week when Maersk announced its annual results. However, perishable shippers warned that in many cases the line would be unable to achieve its target. Reporting a full-year net profit of $461m on revenues, of $27.1bn for Maersk’s container shipping division, chief executive Nils Smedegaard Andersen told financial analysts that the increase in re...

  • SHIFTING BALANCES - The effect of demographics and inefficiencies on Logistics

    Overall global demographic developments have a big impact on economics and therefore on trade and transport flows. This will bring opportunities mainly for emerging economies and challenges for mature economies, especially for Europe, where the population is aging.  DEMOGRAPHICS Food sustainability By 2050 there will be more than 9 billion people on this planet. Taken into account the current and future economic shift where emerging economies will mature and therefore global wealth will inc...

  • Lufthansa Cargo opens new center for temperature-controlled freight in Frankfurt

    Cargo carrier steps up investment in business with temperature-sensitive freight Lufthansa Cargo began operations today at its new facility for temperature-sensitive freight in Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center was built in the space of just six months. It is equipped with four cool storage rooms for four different temperature ranges as well as a deep-freezer cell on an area of 4,500 square metres.

  • GROWING GREEN - Sustainability in the Food Chain

    We did it! Last month – November 2011 – planet Earth’s population increased to over 7 billion people. A stunning figure, considering – in a historic time span - the “short” time it has taken to get from 1 million to that 7 billion.

  • India Missing Cool Chain

    The Cool Chain Industry in India, despite Governmental initiatives and intervention, is at a nascent stage. The Government has announced a slew of fiscal initiatives, including Capital gap funding and excise (VAT) exemptions on Capital goods such as Air-conditioning and Conveyor Belts, in an attempt to attract investments and modernise this Infrastructure sub-sector. For the Fiscal year ending 31st March, 2011, the Government has accorded approval for 107 Cold Storage facilities, with an aggrega...

  • Sustainability and Security of the Global Food Supply Chain

    The overall conclusion of this report by Dutch Rabobank is that the current global food system is on an unsustainable track, which poses a threat to long-term global food security. The global food system needs to be transformed in order to secure the long-term food supply.  The pathway is variable, might be radical and coordinated action at many levels by multiple partners is needed in order to establish the conditions required to move global growth of food supply towards a more sustainable...

  • Can India be the Food Basket for the World ?

    Because of lack of cold chain infrastructure and also a food processing industry about 20 per cent of all foods produced in India (Rs. 500 b) are wasted.  India can become the food supplier of the world. It has the cultivable land, all the seasons for production of all varieties of fruits and vegetables, an agribusiness system that works although it needs to be vastly improved.

  • Weaknesses in the Supply Chain - Who Packed the Box ?

    Imagine arriving at an airport to board a flight. You approach the check-in desk. You are asked the normal questions about your baggage.

  • Save Food!

    An interesting study conducted for the International Congress on Global food losses and food waste.

  • Industry Update: Air Cargo and the Cool Chain

    There have been many ups and downs in the air cargo industry over the past two years, but there’s one trend that appears to be here to stay: the continued growth of cold chain cargo. There are several types of products that require cold chain or temperature-sensitive shipping, including perishables such as flowers and food. The biggest cold chain growth, however, is coming from the healthcare industry.

  • Message from the Board

    New member at large on the CCA board The Board is happy to inform you about the appointment of Mr. Edwin Kalischnig, CEO of Xtreme Technologies B.V. as Member at Large.  Edwin Kalischnig has been a friend and follower of the CCA since 2004 and became a member in 2006 in his position as RFID Business Development Director at Oracle Corporation.

  • Spotlight On: Into the Vineyards

    “From Field to Fork”  CCA workshop2010 at Hotel vineyards, Cape Town, South Africa By Kerstin Belgardt, Secretary The CCA is proud to report that the workshop2010 “from field to fork” was concluded after two days intensive working in groups and high quality discussions of the audience. The industry relevant companies of the South African cool supply chain gathered to listen to the decision maker of CCG Cool Chain Group, Capespan, Maersk, NYKCool and many others. “We had a lot of business kn...

  • Innovation

    Trust - Your Most Important Quality By Edwin W. Kalischnig - CEO of Xtreme Technologies BV “Trust is a statement about what is otherwise unknown - for example, because it is far away, cannot be verified, or is in the future”. Every day millions of people around the globe eat food or take their drugs, trusting on the purity and quality of the product and the Brands behind them.

  • Emirates SkyCargo and DHL Drive e-Freight Agenda

    Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates airline, and DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight forwarder of Deutsche Post DHL, will partner to drive the e-freight agenda across their networks, to become the industry leaders in implementation. Both companies recognise the strategic value of e-freight; working in an electronic environment will bring enhanced operational efficiency and improvement to the supply chain. E-freight is an industry-led project involving carriers, freight...

  • Saving Money on Cold Chain Transport

    Pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers can save money on cold chain transport through reusable solutions and closed-loop or reverse logistics programs.  The current economic challenges have caused dramatic budget impacts, and nearly every industry and organization has felt the pressure of the current crisis. As operating costs continue to rise, budgets continue to shrink. Whether it is in highly critical research and development or in ongoing marketing and delivery, the impact has b...

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