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Sustainable Packaging in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry

July 7th, 2020 Posted by Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Update 0 thoughts on “Sustainable Packaging in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry”

Sustainable Packaging in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry

Authors: QProducts & Services Digital Team, Under the Direction of Paul Yadron, Sr. VP of Sales

 

 

 

Sustainable packaging is and always has been a topic of discussion amongst vendors, suppliers, and customers in the life sciences and healthcare industries. The rate of acceptability is accelerating, and companies are adapting more than ever. In episode two of the Cold Chain Council Podcast, Peter Mirabella of QProducts and Services breaks down the factors that drive QProducts to implement sustainable packaging and practices into the products they build.

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Q: How does QProducts and Services look at packaging sustainability and how is it different from years past?

 

A: We, as most of the world, want and need to improve the environment. From the air we breathe to minimizing the consumption of our natural resources, these are the basic driving factors. We would be foolish to think that cost is not part of this equation. As a manufacturer of packaging solutions, we are always balancing cost effectiveness with sustainable solutions. In the past, there was an “either/or” approach to packaging sustainability. For example, either developing an elaborate re-use program or the more challenging recyclable program. Now, it’s a matter of being good stewards of the world around us and making packaging sustainability a priority.

 

 

Q: Let’s talk about recycling and what that means with materials.

 

A: These are both challenging areas that require innovation by manufacturers such as QProducts and Services and those involved in Cold Chain Council. Of course, there is no one best answer but rather a multifaceted approach to attack sustainability. We incorporate technology, innovation in materials, collaboration with our customers, maximizing truckload capacities by packaging, and finally, looking at preferable recyclable materials.

 

 

Q: Why do we need to rethink packaging in life sciences and healthcare?

 

A: We need to rethink packaging in life sciences and healthcare because our customers drive us too. Although I say this, we know well that it is our customer’s customers and that being a society as a whole drive us to continue our innovation.

 

 

Q: Why aren’t there mature sustainable solutions today?

 

A: There has been and continues to be an evolution in both materials and manufacturing processes. As an engineer, we balance cost and material characteristics with what fits into reasonable assembly processes to fit the strict criteria to protect temperature-sensitive commodities. As engineers, we are limited with what and how these come together into a finished solution. As you may expect, these limitations result in less sustainable solutions. We continuously research materials we use in our solutions that are low cost and high performing and fit into our manufacturing process. There are always innovations going on from raw material properties to how they are converted into shapes we use to build solutions for our customers.

 

A perfect example I can share with you are materials used in the residential construction and home goods industries that transitioned into the packaging industry. Historically, the fabrics were either too narrow or too expensive. As technologies improved in how fabrics are manufactured and converted into usable fabrics for temperature packaging solutions, engineers found these products usable in our manufacturing processes.

 

 

Q: What motivates you to rethink packaging in your supply chain?

 

A: The challenge of solving problems. For example, temperature protection packaging is lightweight and if I can use a very technical engineering term, “fluffy.” Shipping air is not sustainable particularly when we consider the future availability of fuel and our focus to reduce carbon emissions. To help with these sustainable concerns, we figured out a way to remove air from our product. QProducts has invested and incorporated new technology that allows us to compress the air from our product, therefore increasing the number of units shipped per pallet. Consequently, we minimize the number of shipments to our customers. In turn, they improve their carbon footprint due to finding a better packaging method and solution.

 

Another important motivation to note is reducing costs. With sustainable packaging, the cost per unit to ship is dramatically reduced. The savings we may have offered our customers in the past are now the new standard. There is always an ever-driving force to develop lower cost solutions. However, don’t get me wrong, in many cases you get what you pay for. There is a correlation in price to performance. We like to call it price performance continuum.

 

 

Q: Can you share a glimpse into the future of packaging?

 

A: The future of packaging is technology and data analytics driven. It comes from advancements in materials, migration of other industry technologies into the manufacturing world, and just old fashion collaboration. We utilize computer simulation software to refine or enhance our design solutions on a regular basis. When you think about life sciences or healthcare, the qualification process is long and tedious. We all know the traditional steps of DQ, OQ, and PQ. With the use of computer simulations, engineers can dial in the best solution for each application, lane or pack out.

 

So, what is the impact on the future of packaging? We see solutions getting to market faster and being more refined, which means using less packaging material and as always, being the best cost-effective solution to the end user.

 

The future of packaging will also be driven through collaboration. QProducts and Services and Riskpulse are a perfect example of how our customers benefit from this collaboration. Riskpulse is a web-based software solution that uses data analysis of up-to-the-minute weather conditions. It provides intellectual risk-based scoring to help recommend preferred transportation modes for your temperature sensitive commodities.

 

Imagine the ability to bring data built through computer simulation and incorporating that into live weather data making decisions on which mode of transport to use – refrigerated transport, active shipper, pallet shipper, passive shipper, or simply over the road service. The future of technology is information driven.

 

 

Q: What are your main challenges?

 

A: Developing a truly recyclable solution and working towards curbside reliability in all our materials. Our Inspect/Clean/Recycle program for extending the performance and safe use potential of every pallet cover in a client’s network is something we strive to continuously improve.

 

 

At QProducts and Services, every quilt we make takes reefers – and their larger carbon footprint – off the road. It’s our goal to reduce the footprint of the logistics industry through safe product development and recycling programs. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability and discover more of our temperature protection solutions.

 

 

 

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The New Normal: Evolving the Global Supply Chain with the Power of Data and Technology

May 22nd, 2020 Posted by Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Technology, Temperature Protection, Update 0 thoughts on “The New Normal: Evolving the Global Supply Chain with the Power of Data and Technology”

The New Normal: Evolving the Global Supply Chain with the Power of Data and Technology

Authors: QProducts & Services Digital Team, Under the Direction of Paul Yadron

 

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The global supply chain is evolving at a quick pace due to the current global situation. The power of data is being leveraged more, delivery models are changing, and tracking and tracing is needed now more than ever. How can supply chains keep up with this change?

 

The Cold Chain Council, hosted by QProducts & Services, is hosting their very first webinar this summer, The New Normal: Evolving the Global Supply Chain with the Power of Data and Technology. Industry-leading speakers will provide insight and discussion about current changes and developments happening in the world of cold chain supply logistics.

 

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What is Cold Chain Council?

 

Cold Chain Council began three years ago to gather top talent from all phases of the cold chain – including manufacturers, retail, distribution, and logistics partners – to share their perspectives on existing challenges and best practices. An intimate afternoon of networking and expert panel discussion was created as a non-conference and thought leadership event.

 

The goal of the Cold Chain Council for the food and beverage market as well as the pharma and chemical industries is to present and discuss topics from different cold chain segments within the global supply chain.

 

 

Today, two events are hosted: one for the food and beverage industry and another for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Each event features a full day of workshops and a limited number of attendees to ensure that Cold Chain Council is an intimate, collaborative experience every year. Taking place over an afternoon to accommodate busy schedules, topics cover current cold chain challenges so that attendees leave with a fresh perspective and actionable solutions.

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Previous Cold Chain Council Events

 

Cold Chain Council for the food and beverage industries is hosted by QProducts and Services. Presentations and panels feature industry professionals discussing topics from different cold chain segments in both the food and beverage industries.

 

In previous events, we have had industry expert speakers including but not limited to the following:

 

 

Cold Chain Council for the pharma and chemical industries is also hosted by QProducts and Services. Experts share their knowledge in tackling challenges affecting your transportation network. Presentations and panels also feature industry professionals discussing topics from different cold chain segments in both pharma and chemical industries. This forum setting is designed to be interactive and intimate.

 

Previous event speakers for the pharma and chemical industries have included, but not limited to, the following:

 

cold chain council webinar speakersCold Chain Council Webinar Speakers

 

Our industry-leading speakers will provide insight and discussion about current changes and developments happening in the world of cold chain supply logistics.

 

Our speakers include:

 

  • Don Durm, a 25-year veteran of PLM Trailer Leasing and Vice President of Customer Solutions. He is a recognized industry expert on cold chain transport application, regulatory compliance, and the application of technology for a smarter food safety system. He has been recognized three times as one of the rock stars of the supply chain by Food Logistics Magazine due to his work on supply chain efficiencies, regulatory compliance, and the deployment of blockchain in the food supply chain. A gifted and sought out speaker and writer on cold chain supply challenges, he is one of the authors of the internationally accepted IRTA Refrigerated Best Practices Guide distributed by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) to help the industry meet the compliance for the Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

  • Amy Shortman, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Transport and Logistics, has 20 plus years of experience within pharmaceutical logistics. During this time, she has worked within operations and commercial roles while keeping her passion for creating supply chains that ensure product integrity is maintained throughout. Amy has worked within the air, sea, and road arena, and has extensive experience setting up secure supply chains for high-value freight and temperature-sensitive freight. Her penultimate role before joining Overhaul was with ASC Associates, in which Amy established in 2011 as a global supply chain business services company that specializes in the areas of temperature-sensitive, high-value products. She has been facilitating and training for over 12 years and is an IATA external facilitator for CEIV Pharma.

 

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Cold Chain Council Webinar Details and Registration

 

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 11 AM CST as our speakers share examples and insight into how a new evolution of the supply chain is being forged under the pressure of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Learn about using the power of data to gain insight into every aspect of a transportation network, a matrix of shifts and changes in delivery models, tracking and tracing supply chain disruptions and what the future holds for the global supply chain as we navigate our way through the storm driven by SARS-CoV-2. Click here to register for the webinar. We look forward to your attendance!

 

 

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Our Response to COVID-19

March 24th, 2020 Posted by Update 0 thoughts on “Our Response to COVID-19”

To our valued Customers, Partners and Suppliers,

As we assist clients and businesses who’s transportation networks are disrupted by the coronavirus situation, we are also listening and learning about how we can further co-operate with our network of shippers, carriers and forwarders to provide thermal protection and cargo security to a number of industries including: Pharmaceuticals, life-sciences, food, beverage and health care supply-chains.

 

Please reach out to us through your QProducts representative with any questions or email us at info@qsales.com for ways we can protect temp-sensitive cargo on all modes of transportation, including shelf-stable, perishable, CRT and 2-80C products.

 

Our manufacturing and shipping operations during this time will take place Monday – Thursday, from 6am-4pm CST.

 

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When you Buy a Product from QProducts, You Buy a Company

As valued members of the QProducts & Services family, we extend to you our commitment to the health and safety of our teams and communities as the spread of COVID-19 continues to be a growing concern domestically and around the world.

 

At QProducts and Services, we have implemented precautionary measures in alignment with our parent corporation, LANCO and the CDC’s guidelines in order to best protect our sales and production staff while continuing to do business with our suppliers, deliver for our clients, and ultimately, support the global supply chain. Including:

  • Encouraging employees to follow CDC and WHO guidelines
  • Eliminating non-essential business and personal travel
  • Minimizing risk of transmission using proper hygiene and social distancing
  • Prohibiting group meetings
  • Self-Monitoring requirements for employees and members of their households

 

For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit cdc.gov or your local health department website.

 

Best regards,

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Coronavirus and its Impact on the Global Supply Chain

March 3rd, 2020 Posted by Manufacturing, Temperature Protection, Transportation, Update 0 thoughts on “Coronavirus and its Impact on the Global Supply Chain”

Coronavirus and its Impact on the Global Supply Chain

Authors: QProducts & Services Team, Under the Direction of Paul Yadron, Sr. VP of Sales

 

 

 

While a number of new cases related to the coronavirus continues to rise in China and around the globe, the impact of the coronavirus has expanded into the U.S. energy, agriculture, and transportation sectors. From a transportation perspective, supply chains have been compromised as China’s government has worked to contain the virus. At QProducts & Services, we want to provide you with the most up to date information on what is occurring.

 

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What is Coronavirus?

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronaviruses or CoV are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Lastly, the virus is zoonotic, meaning that it is transmitted between animals and people.

 

 

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Coronavirus and Supply Chain Disruption

 

Since the outbreak in December 2019, the supply chain has been compromised from the China marine terminals to the inland destination points. Cargo that has been offloaded at China terminals has been backing up. Domestic freight routing has been hindered because of the measures to contain the spread of the virus. According to Talk Business, less cargo has been shipped from China to the United States as production in China has slowed because factories have been shut down to contain the virus. The lower volumes of cargo and containers have led to fewer ocean shipments to the United States.

 

Every company that ships products in and out of China has to plan and prepare for production and distribution slowdowns. Closed-off ports and delayed shipments from China are causing ocean reefer rates to increase and capacity to tighten. Less cargo has been shipped from China to the United States as production in China has slowed because factories have been shut down to contain the virus.

 

About 40% of all shipments that entered the United States in January 2020 came from China, according to Freightwaves. Now, shipments are backing up and being cancelled due to the coronavirus, limiting shipments that can enter the United States. The coronavirus has also removed about 300,000 to 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of demand from Chinese exports to the world, reported Talk Business. There is also a limited supply of reefer plugs in China’s ports, resulting in congestion and lack of availability.

 

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Solutions to the Coronavirus Impact on the Supply Chain

 

We are working to help customers around the globe find alternatives to reefers by using CargoQuilt®

and ContainerKit™ solutions. While we cannot control the delays and cancellations caused by the coronavirus, we can provide alternative solutions. Rather than eating the cost of rising ocean reefer rates, companies can still protect their temperature-sensitive cargo with passive temperature protection shipping solutions.

 

Passive temperature protection does not require the need for a power supply, while active temperature protection does. Our CargoQuilt® and ContainerKit™ solutions work by passive temperature protection, ensuring quality, safety, and efficacy of temperature-sensitive products within a pre-defined range. In addition, passive temperature protection solutions tend to have a lower cost than active temperature protection given elimination of a power supply and the fixed amount of thermal protection.

 

 

multi trip container kitFinal Thoughts

 

Shippers are watching the unfolding impact of the coronavirus closely, and many have already begun to factor delays into their supply pipelines. An ever-growing number of companies are feeling the effects of the deadly virus, with many global organizations fearful that it could get worse. Global tech giant Apple has warned of global “iPhone supply shortages” resulting from its Chinese factories closing due to the outbreak.

 

“Many companies are turning to charter flights to deal with the lack of supply, these flights have been fluctuating between $500,000 and $800,000 one way,” American Global Logistics​ said in an update emailed to Supply Chain Dive.

 

While the impact is substantial, there are alternatives to help combat the rising costs. Supply chain visibility is more important than ever as companies determine the best approach and monitor the risks involved. For now, those who proactively identify specific supply risks and manage it can potentially find solutions or help mitigate the impact.

 

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Commodity Protection in the Global Supply Chain

February 3rd, 2020 Posted by Manufacturing, Transportation, Update 0 thoughts on “Commodity Protection in the Global Supply Chain”

Commodity Protection in the Global Supply Chain

Authors: QProducts & Services Team, Under the Direction of Paul Yadron, Sr. VP of Sales

 

 

 

 

In our global supply chain, consumable items require specialized forms of transportation and storage. Consumer tastes, legislative change, transit, deterioration, and physical damage are all factors that impact how commodities are protected and transported. In the pharmaceutical industry specifically, certain controlled room-temperature (CRT) drugs require stricter regulations and review due to the sensitive nature of the product. On the other hand, the food and beverage sector requires increased temperature protection due to consumer demand and shifting consumer tastes.

global supply chainWhat is a Consumable Commodity?

 

In the logistics space, a consumable commodity is a product that is intended to be consumed. These could be defined as coffee, dairy, or certain drugs and medicines.

 

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Legislative Policy on Food Commodities in the Supply Chain

 

Government regulations and procedures affect all elements of the logistics system. Many governments throughout the world have established policies on the selection of commodities such as medical products. For example, how items are procured, when items are distributed, where and how items are stored, and the quantities customers receive are all factors involved in legislative policy.

 

In the food and beverage industry, food commodities can be either raw agricultural commodities or processed commodities, provided that they are the forms that are sold or distributed for human consumption. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, a raw, agricultural commodity is defined to include the following:

  • Fresh fruits, whether or not they have been washed and colored or otherwise treated in their unpeeled natural form
  • Vegetables in their raw or natural state, whether or not they have been stripped of their outer leaves
  • Grains, nuts, eggs, raw milk, meats, and similar agricultural produce

 

In the United States, although there is no all-encompassing federal legislation regulating the packaging industry, the federal government has asserted its authority to regulate food, drug, and cosmetic packaging to preserve consumer safety and confidence. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, regulates the packaging and labeling of food. The intent of these regulations is to enhance the safety of food distributed throughout the country and keep consumers informed about the food they’re consuming.

 

From a supply chain perspective, the packaging and transportation of food commodities is highly regulated, especially at the packaging stage. Packaging materials such as plastics, coatings, papers, food colorants, and adhesives must be regulated and deemed safe for use. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, it is the FDA’s responsibility to make certain that no packaging materials contaminate food, and determine if new food-contact materials, or new uses of already-used materials are safe.

 

In addition, the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, enables the FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. The primary target of FSMA is to eliminate contamination during transportation. By focusing on sanitary transportation, the FDA plans for FSMA to eliminate day-to-day practices that lead to food-safety risks, such as a failure to store food items at the appropriate temperature. Temperature protection is imperative in the food supply chain to ensure the quality of the food remains intact. According to Safe Food Alliance, FSMA will touch every segment of the produce business supply chain from farm to fork. Under FSMA, the FDA has proposed seven major regulations that affect how produce is grown, packed, processed, shipped, and imported.

 

monitoring temperature of foodLegislative Policy on Pharmaceutical Commodities in the Supply Chain

 

In the pharmaceutical industry, the quality of a pharmaceutical product’s packaging plays an integral role in preserving the quality and effectiveness of medication through its shelf life. Per FDA regulations, pharmaceutical packaging must provide protection against the following:

 

  • Exposure to light, moisture, oxygen, and variations in temperature
  • Physical damage through handling, shipping, and storage processes
  • Contamination
  • Package labeling must clearly identify the product

 

With these packaging regulations, pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs must be monitored to secure protection in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Strong pharmaceutical legislation in the logistics space not only helps to strengthen each link within the pharmaceutical supply chain, but helps ensure access to and availability of medicines.

 

Furthermore, a nonprescription medicine is one that the FDA has found to be safe and effective for direct consumer use based on the label instructions and warnings. Regulatory review of CRT drugs is conducted by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) within the FDA. These CRT drugs go through a system of active-ingredient-specific CRT monographs, which is a rulemaking process that establishes drug standards. An expert advisory panel meets to assess whether the active ingredients in the drug meet the standard of GRASE: generally recognized as safe and effective.

 

In addition to safety regulation, CRT drugs require specific temperature protection during transit. The FDA has specific regulations that define appropriate storage conditions for pharmaceuticals. The majority of CRT medications are designed to be stored in their original packaging at approximately room temperature, which can range from 15-25°C (59-77°F). However, certain refrigerated drugs must be stored and transported within 2-8°C (35-46°F), unless a medicine is deemed stable at other temperature ranges.

 

Prior to the CRT regulations mentioned, CRT drugs, or control room temperature (CRT) pharma products, were not always required to be protected as part of the cold chain. Historically, cold-chain products received some type of specialized packaging, while CRT products could be shipped with standard packaging. Around 2012, the industry experienced a revolution as managing temperatures of pharmaceutical products during shipment became more tightly regulated. Both cold-chain products and CRT products began receiving specialized packaging geared to the temperature ranges listed on the product label. With this change, the industry saw the demand for passive thermal packaging.

 

According to Pharmaceutical Commerce, cold chain means, almost universally, a 2-8°C (35-46°F) temperature range. CRT is a mixture of many different storage and shipping temperature ranges, as identified on the product label. There are significant differences in managing the logistics of the two classes of products. Nevertheless, temperature protection for ambient temperature profiles or CRT shipments became just as imperative as practices for cold chain shipments. Now, passive thermal packaging ensures these commodities maintain a specific temperature range during the shipping process by relying on a source of energy and insulation.

 

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Consumer Tastes and Commodities in the Cold Chain

 

Over the next few years, the ingredient landscape across big food chains is expected to shift considerably as more players move to sustainable, natural, and less processed alternatives, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Consumer preferences have driven this course over the last decade. Consumers want to know where their food is coming from and how it is raised. Certain food commodities will need to ship under stricter tolerances as less preservatives and fresher ingredients will require increased temperature sensitivity.

 

In addition, this generational shift in consumer taste is impacting the industry as a whole. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, millennial households are buying more unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables versus pasta and potato chips. In summary, millennials want their food quick, easy, fresh, and non-processed. Millennials also want convenience. According to Food Insight, 55% of millennials say that convenience is one of the most important factors when they are deciding what foods to buy.

 

The demand for quality and convenience has also opened up the market to meal kit delivery companies including Blue Apron, and also grocery delivery services such as Amazon Fresh. The cold chain makes all of this possible, but it’s also had to change to keep up with this demand. Without the expertise, execution, and growth of cold food logistics, none of the items mentioned above would be possible.

 

The cold chain market is expected to experience growth given this demand. According to Food Logistics, the global cold chain market is projected to grow by $3.9 billion, driven by a compounded growth of 10.8%. Transportation companies must adapt so they can safely and quickly deliver food without it going bad. Refrigerated delivery units and passive temperature protection will continue to rise. So, how do supply chains accommodate this demand?

 

 

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Final Thoughts

 

Passive temperature protection ensures that consumable commodities maintain a specific temperature range during the shipping process, whether that lasts hours or days. It’s in these circumstances that thermal packaging and cold chain shipping containers are used to help protect these commodities.

 

Supply chains will need to adapt and improve their processes in order to keep up with industry regulations and consumer demand.

 

Overall, commodity security and protection impacts products throughout the supply chain and the consumers that receive them and use them. Food and medicine safety have been and always will be a priority, and it begins with the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of products.

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Prepare Your Cold Chain for the Next Decade

November 12th, 2019 Posted by Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Technology, Temperature Protection, Update 0 thoughts on “Prepare Your Cold Chain for the Next Decade”

The Cold Chain transportation experts at QProducts & Services present the 5 innovations you should include on your cold chain whiteboard for 2020-2030.

 

 

 

 

Our annual gathering of industry leaders at the Cold Chain Council for the Pharma & Chemical Industries took place October 1st, 2019 in Chicago, IL. As a result, attendees left armed with knowledge to help them strategically plan their cold chain operations for the next decade. Thus, there are many things going on socially, logistically, and environmentally to be aware of, from blockchain to medical drone deliveries.

 

In summary, here are the top 5 innovations to put on your cold chain whiteboard for 2020-2030:

 

 

Additional information and resources in regard to these technological innovations is below:

Drones

Drones that deliver blood and medical supplies are saving lives as they provide faster, efficient care by supplying medicine, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and emergency medical equipment. Drone delivery has begun to disrupt both the transportation and pharmaceutical and medical industries as they allow improved access to medical supplies, especially in rural areas. Learn more about how drone delivery and drone technology is shaping the future of these industries. For further information on this topic, please visit the following resources:

  1. Drones in Healthcare
  2. What is Drone Delivery and How is it Changing the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain?
  3. Drones Delivering Medical Supplies and More Can Help Save American Lives

 

Blockchain

The pharmaceutical industry is actively exploring blockchain technology to help with the tracking and tracing of products, product provenance, and supply chain governance. Blockchain technology also provides the opportunity to decrease costs and increase transparency and trust during clinical trials. Blockchain technology could be a major solution to a $450 billion U.S. industry. Read more about how blockchain is revolutionizing the pharmaceutical and medical industry. For further information on this topic, please visit the following resources:

  1. How Blockchain Will Revolutionize the Pharmaceutical Industry
  2. Pharma Meets Blockchain – Solution to $450 Billion U.S. Industry
  3. Five Use Cases for Blockchain in Pharma

 

Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented reality holds the ability to visualize production processes, which could help to improve pharmaceutical manufacturing. However, the value of augmented reality not only lies in manufacturing, but in patient outcomes as well. Augmented reality is now being used to help reduce patient pain and anxiety levels in patients without the need for additional medication. Learn more about how augmented reality is transforming these industries. For further information on this topic, please visit the following resources:

  1. The Future is Mixed Reality: Augmented Reality Put to Work on Manufacturing
  2. 8 Benefits of Virtual Reality in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  3. Augmented Reality in Healthcare Will Be Revolutionary

 

IoT – Internet of Things

The pharmaceutical and medical industry is perfectly positioned to benefit from IoT, or the Internet of Things. The data collected can have a significant impact on the production and administration of pharmaceuticals, while helping to smooth logistics, eradicate recalls, and improve operational efficiency. Learn more about the IoT and its impact on pharmaceutical and medical. For further information on this topic, please visit the following resources:

  1. How is IoT Transforming the Pharmaceutical Industry?
  2. How Can the Pharmaceutical Industry Benefit from the IoT?
  3. How IoT is Revolutionizing the Pharma Industry

 

QProducts & Services extends their gratitude to the many industry experts that spoke at our event.

Together, our speakers educated attendees on how to best leverage the latest innovations for their 2020-2030 cold chain operations.

 

QProducts & Services is a manufacturer of passive temperature protection and cargo security solutions for the global supply chain. For over 25 years, they have developed innovative, cost-saving solutions for transporting temperature sensitive commodities. QProducts & Services has expanded their product line to include cargo security solutions and wireless temperature monitoring technologies. Manufactured just outside of Chicago, IL, their patented products are noted for durability, performance and reliability in protecting the integrity of shippers’ cargo throughout the supply chain.

What’s On Your Supply Chain White Board for 2020?

September 9th, 2019 Posted by Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Technology, Update 0 thoughts on “What’s On Your Supply Chain White Board for 2020?”

Top pharma executives and supply-chain tech experts to gather in Chicago for 4th Annual Cold Chain Council meeting


 

 

 

 

October 1st in Chicago’s’ Museum Campus district will mark the 4th Cold Chain Council for the pharma, healthcare and chemical industries. This educational forum will feature panel discussions and presentations by top executives and tech experts discussing the new decade ahead, trends in supply chain tech and best practices for 2020.

 

With a key focus on furthering the industry and advancing best practices in the supply chain and cold chain respectively, the main goal of the Cold Chain Council is to bring together high-level industry professionals to share in thought leadership and create a casual platform for discussion of real world challenges and solutions derived from everyday experiences of speakers and attendees alike. Hosted by QProducts & Services, there are no other sponsors, no fee to attend, and attendance is capped to provide an informal and informative feel for one afternoon in Chicago.

 

Amy ShortmanThis year’s event will be moderated by Amy Shortman, a senior executive at Overhaul Group. Her keynote will set the scene for the day’s discussion on how technology will affect traditional supply chains, the scope of our working environment and the benefits that may arise. Amy’s expertise stems from more than twenty years of pharmaceutical logistics experience. A Chartered Fellow of The Institute of Transport and Logistics, Amy has become a well-known thought leader in education and brand awareness to the healthcare and logistics industry’s need for improved compliance and cool chain management, backed by her professional career including roles in operations for a global logistics provider of clinical trials, a world-leading temp-controlled container company, supply chain security for a “Top 3” third-party logistics provider and eventually establishing a global supply chain business services company, ASC Associates Ltd, specializing in high-value and temp-sensitive freight.

 

(for Amy Shortman’s full bio click here)

 

Amy will be in good company with an impressive line-up of industry experts hailing from a diverse group of companies: Big Pharma shippers AbbVie and McKesson; the World Federation of Hemophilia; computer-aided environment-software developer Smart CAE; smart technology manufacturers SensorTransport Inc and Berlinger USA; and advanced predictive risk-analysis software developer Riskpulse. Session topics have been locked in and speakers are teaming up to lead discussions in what promises to be an informative afternoon of interactive discussion and networking. The setting overlooks Chicago’s museums and lake front to the East and impressive skyline and Grant Park to the North. Here’s a taste of the agenda and talented roster:

 

Session One: Wild Weather and Adapting to The New Norm. Lane Analysis and Risk Visibility Through Advanced Forecasting and Data Analytics. Mark Russo, SVP of Weather Operations, Riskpulse

 

Session Two: Cold Chain Tech 2020. Service, Equipment and Qualification Innovations for The New Decade.
Stefan Braun, Managing Director, Smart CAE and Stephen Dusel, Sales Manager North, Berlinger USA

 

Session Three: Big Pharma Cold Chain Report. What’s New as We Look Ahead into The Twenties?
David Ulrich, QA Director of Global Supply Chain Compliance, Abbvie and Georgios Ampartzidis, Logistics Manager-Humanitarian Aid, World Federation of Hemophilia

 

Session Four: Digitization and IoT’s Continuing Impact on the Supply Chain. Michael Dee, VP of Global Security, McKesson; Amy Shortman, Director of Product Marketing, Overhaul Group Inc.; and Sascha Peyer, Co-Founder and CCO, SensorTransport, Inc.

(Full event details here)

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The afternoons’ sessions conclude with an interactive discussion between attendees and speakers, including an opportunity for Q&A before wrapping up and moving on to the evenings festivities.

 

The networking portion of the Cold Chain Council agenda includes cocktails and dinner reception at the Chicago Yacht Club followed by a private yacht cruise down the Chicago River at nightfall.

 

 

 

For more information on content and key takeaways from this event, connect with event hosts QProducts & Services on LinkedIn or visit the Cold Chain Council homepage for other CCC events and an opportunity to attend.

Velociti Selected as Installation Provider for QProducts & Services®

QProducts & Services® Selects Velociti as their Power In-Lock® Installation Provider

August 7th, 2019 Posted by Technology, Update 0 thoughts on “QProducts & Services® Selects Velociti as their Power In-Lock® Installation Provider”

Velociti Selected as Installation Provider for Power In-Lock®

Technology deployment services now available for Power In-Lock®, QProducts & Services’ electronic trailer lock systems.

 

 

 

Homewood, IL  – August 7, 2019 —  Velociti Inc., a global provider of technology design, deployment and support services, has been named the provider of installation services by QProducts & Services® for Power In-Lock®, QProducts & Services’ patented, internally mounted locking system for trailers and containers.

 

“Velociti came highly recommended by some of our customers for their expertise on installations,” said Paul Yadron, VP of Sales at QProducts & Services®. “Their coverage of North America and Europe is also a perfect partnership for us because it helps us meet the needs of customers across a large geographic footprint.”

 

Power In-Lock® is a patented, electronic locking system that is mounted on the inside of the truck, trailer or container where it is impossible to tamper with or damage. The keyless system logs all door activity including date, time and personnel and can be integrated with telematics systems to provide location, remote locking and unlocking functions, and an electronic log of all activity.

 

“To help QProducts & Services’ customers effectively deploy their technology, Velociti’s network of highly experienced and qualified mobile technicians will now provide installation services for Power In-Lock electronic trailer lock systems,” said Deryk Powell, president of Velociti. “Our expertise will ensure that fleets can use the system correctly and can quickly take advantage of the benefits of the cargo security solution.”

 

About Velociti Inc

Velociti is a global provider of technology deployment services specializing in the installation and service of a broad range of transportation and networking technology products. Velociti’s experience allows enterprise level technology consumers to maximize ROI as a result of leveraging expert, rapid deployment. Velociti clients include many Fortune 500 companies from a wide variety of market segments such as transportation, retail, distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, government, education, food service and public venues. For more information visit www.velociti.com or call toll free (855)-233-7210.

 

About QProducts & Services:

QProducts & Services is a manufacturer of passive temperature protection and cargo security solutions for the global supply chain. For over 25 years, they have developed innovative, cost-saving solutions for transporting temperature sensitive commodities. QProducts & Services has expanded their product line to include cargo security solutions and wireless temperature monitoring technologies. Manufactured just outside of Chicago, IL, their patented products are noted for durability, performance and reliability in protecting the integrity of shippers’ cargo throughout the supply chain.

 

TOP 5 COLD CHAIN DRIVERS FOR 2020

August 2nd, 2019 Posted by Food & Beverage, Temperature Protection, Update 0 thoughts on “TOP 5 COLD CHAIN DRIVERS FOR 2020”

The Cold Chain transportation experts at QProducts & Services present the Top 5 Cold Chain Drivers for 2020.

 

 

 

 

Enter 2020 armed with knowledge that can help you strategically plan your cold chain operations. From cannabis disruption to wild weather, there are many things going on socially, logistically, and environmentally to be aware of. These insights are from speakers at the annual Cold Chain Council, and our internal experts at QProducts & Services.

 

Check Out the Top 5 Cold Chain Drivers for 2020 Below:

 

 

 

QProducts & Services extends their gratitude to the many industry experts that spoke at the June Cold Chain Council for the Food & Beverage Industries. Together, they educated attendees on how to best leverage these drivers in anticipation of 2020.

 

QProducts & Services is a manufacturer of passive temperature protection and cargo security solutions for the global supply chain. For over 25 years, they have developed innovative, cost-saving solutions for transporting temperature sensitive commodities. QProducts & Services has expanded their product line to include cargo security solutions and wireless temperature monitoring technologies. Manufactured just outside of Chicago, IL, their patented products are noted for durability, performance and reliability in protecting the integrity of shippers’ cargo throughout the supply chain.

Summer Shipping Mistakes to Avoid: Advice from a Temperature-Control Expert

July 10th, 2019 Posted by Temperature Protection, Update 0 thoughts on “Summer Shipping Mistakes to Avoid: Advice from a Temperature-Control Expert”

Though spring and early summer have been cold and wet throughout most of the country, warmer temperatures and sunnier days are on the way. With them comes some unique impacts from summer shipping. To get more insight on potential pitfalls, Coyote asked our very own Kevin Lynch, Director of Sales at QProducts & Services, to share some potential pitfalls. Kevin has over 17 years of experience in temperature-controlled shipping. Below is his advice.

 

 

 

 

Balancing Cost and Product Integrity

As every shipper knows, ensuring that product arrives to the customer in good condition is extremely important, but adequately protecting cargo comes at a cost. Every summer, shippers across the country grapple with a few questions:

 

  • How vulnerable is my product to the heat of the summer?
  • How much will it cost for me to implement additional temperature-control best practices?
  • Does that cost outweigh the risk of damaged and rejected product?

 

The answers will vary based on a slew of factors—there is no single solution. As you analyze your own supply chain, it’s important to consider the full spectrum of consequences that occur as a result of damaged product. Using these as a guide, you can do a cost/benefit analysis to build a temperature-controlled solution that’s right for your business.

 

 

results of damaged product during shipments

Three Common Summer Shipping Mistakes

Once you’ve set your temperature-control strategy, it’s important to keep your eye on a few potential pitfalls as you implement your plans. Here are three common mistakes Kevin sees shippers make.

 

 

Mistake #1:

Waiting until you need temperature-controlled capacity to secure it.

There are a lot of products that can usually ship in a dry van, but require temperature-control on a seasonal basis (i.e. organic snacks, pharmaceuticals, chocolate, beverages, etc.). In the summer, this typically means converting to refrigerated trailers.

The great debate for shippers is when to make the conversion. Refrigerated capacity will almost always cost more than standard dry shipping—this is especially true in the summer when reefer demand spikes with produce and other seasonal summer products. Yet damaged and refused product can be very costly. How can you keep your seasonal budget in-line while balancing cargo security?

trucks driving along highway
Best Practices:

Preparation is key.

If you ship cargo that can’t withstand a 90°F heatwave, you need to plan well before the thermometer rises. By working ahead, you can mitigate cost inflation and avoid service disruptions. Proactively reach out to your refrigerated carriers and 3PLs with forecasted needs at the beginning of the season to establish rates and service requirements.

Analyze your supply chain and look for gaps in the “cold chain” where your product is vulnerable.

Optimize your routing guide and prioritize reliable carriers. A higher rate with higher tender acceptance is still cheaper than a carrier that sends you into the spot market for a last-minute option.

Explore refrigerated alternatives, such as insulated thermal blankets. Conducting a cost-benefit analysis can open up new capacity options during the summer months.

Monitor the forecast in your shipping lanes and confirm capacity once when you see a heatwave on the horizon.

 

Mistake #2:

Assuming your LTL carrier has temperature-controlled cross docking facility.

If you ship LTL, your shipment will typically make several stops within the carrier’s terminal network throughout transit. As your product is unloaded and reloaded, it may spend several hours on the dock, waiting to be transferred. This is manageable most of the year, but during heatwaves ambient temperature inside terminals can reach nearly 90 degrees, potentially putting your goods at risk.

warehouse worker carrying boxes
Best Practices:

Ask your LTL providers about the temperature conditions at their terminals.

Collaborate with them to put a plan in place to protect your shipments from temperature excursions. Verify routing patterns, temperature requirements and product sensitivity.

If shipping refrigerated LTL, consider insulated thermal blankets to protect product temperature while on the dock.

 

Mistake #3:

Assuming the refrigeration unit will always be running.

Refrigerated trailers and containers are very reliable, but they aren’t completely infallible. Operator error, equipment failure and long delays are all potential risks to product integrity.

Operator Error: Though the vast majority of carriers comply to shipper requirements, some drivers may occasionally turn off the refrigeration unit to conserve fuel, then turn it back on before making delivery.

Equipment Failure: This is less of a concern with over-the-road shipping, as the driver has close oversight of the load and can quickly refuel or address any malfunctioning equipment. However, when shipping refrigerated ocean or intermodal, there is far less individual attention to each container, and if the unit runs out of fuel or stops working, there is much less of a chance that the carrier will resolve the issue.

Delays: Regardless of mode or lane, delays in transit are bound to happen—especially with cross-border and/or multimodal shipping. The longer the product is held up, the higher the chance that the unit will run out of fuel. The hotter the temperature, the more fuel the unit consumes and the faster the product will heat up once it runs out.

trailers for shipments
Best Practices:
  • Clearly define temperature requirements on your Bill of Lading (BOL).
  • Work with trusted providers who will follow your requirements exactly.
  • Proactively communicate product requirements with all providers involved.
  • Request an electronic log of trailer temperatures for the entire trip.
  • Include your own temperature recording device in the payload.

 

 

More Options, Less Risk

Though managing temperature-sensitive freight is never easy, there have never been more resources available to shippers: widespread tracking technology, sophisticated analytical tools, and lower-cost cargo protection equipment all empower supply chain professionals to increase shipment visibility and reduce costs.

Work with providers that take cargo integrity seriously. Talk to your supply chain providers about what solutions and services they can offer to help maintain the integrity of your products from origin to destination. By leveraging all available solutions, you can manage risk and cost simultaneously.

 

About Kevin Lynch: As Director of Sales at QProducts, Kevin Lynch leverages over 17 years of supply chain experience to design and implement temperature protection and cargo security solutions for shippers in all industries.

 

About QProducts & Services: QProducts & Services is a manufacturer of passive temperature protection and cargo security solutions for the global supply chain. For over 25 years, they have developed innovative, cost-saving solutions for transporting temperature sensitive commodities. QProducts & Services has expanded their product line to include cargo security solutions and wireless temperature monitoring technologies. Manufactured just outside of Chicago, IL, their patented products are noted for durability, performance and reliability in protecting the integrity of shippers’ cargo throughout the supply chain.

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