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Industry Experts Gather at Second Annual Cold Chain Council

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BY AMY WUNDERLIN ON AUG 15, 2017

The second annual Cold Chain Council, hosted by Q Products and Services, brought together thought leaders from each part of the cold chain. The educational forum, held June 13, in Chicago, featured several panels, presentations and a roundtable discussion, and was moderated by industry veteran Michael Cole.

The forum’s first panel, “Delivering Fresh Margins in Today’s Complex Cold Chain,” included presentations from Gary Campisi, senior director of Quality Control, Walmart; Luke Gowdy, general manager, Sourcing Transportation, C.H. Robinson; and Rob Ondrus, director of Produce, Reinhart Foodservice.

Of particular interest was Campisi’s presentation describing the challenges in transporting fresh foods, specifically in regards to tropical fruit. The demand for such commodities like avocados, papaya, bananas, guava and mangoes has significantly increased in the last few years, presenting a number of shipping challenges.

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Pharmaceutical cold chain logistics is a $13.4-billion global industry

Pharmaceutical Commerce’s annual Cold Chain Sourcebook projects moderating growth of 38% between 2015 and 2021


The 2017 edition of Pharmaceutical Commerce’s annual Biopharma Cold Chain Sourcebook estimates that managing the transportation of temperature-controlled products (refrigerated and frozen) will total $13.4 billion this year, growing at a 5-6% rate, and representing a moderation of the 8–9%/yr growth rate of the past several years. At the same time, the value of temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals being shipped is projected to grow 10.7% this year (Fig. 1), suggesting that the industry is learning how to manage cold chain costs more efficiently.

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Thermal blankets find a growing cold chain role

Management of controlled room-temperature shipments generates rising demand

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The pharma cold chain is dominated by refrigerated products—those that need to be kept between 2–8°C in storage and transportation. A broad-based network of insulation technologies, technical practices at freight forwarding companies; and devices and systems for air, ground and ocean transportation have evolved to manage these requirements, all driven by the grim reality that an exposure to elevated (or freezing) temperatures can spoil a pharma shipment, putting thousands, if not millions, of dollars of product inventory at risk.

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Chicago, IL, January, 2017: Riskpulse and Q Products & Services (QPS) have joined forces to create a market-leading, technology-led customer experience for temperature sensitive shipments. The partnership supports the complex needs of supply chain logistics by providing the global market with a new standard to quantify shipment risk. This data-driven approach provides shippers and carriers with a clear understanding of when and where to apply the optimal passive thermal protection solutions.