Thermal Protection Buyer’s Guide Pt. 1

April 28th, 2022 Posted by Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Transportation 0 thoughts on “Thermal Protection Buyer’s Guide Pt. 1”

Thermal Protection Buyer’s Guide Pt. 1

A definitive resource for shipping pharma, life sciences and healthcare products

Buying thermal protection shouldn’t be a gamble. If you’re a shipper of pharmaceutical, healthcare, or life sciences products, you understand that payload integrity is of the utmost importance. But there is a myriad of thermal protection suppliers in the industry, all promising to solve your thermal shipping challenges.


So, how do you choose the right thermal protection supplier for you? Unfortunately, many buyers don’t know what to look for, or worse — may shop on price alone. In this guide, we’ll look at what the right thermal protection supplier should be doing, and questions to ask a supplier before making a buying decision.


Let’s look at 6 Considerations you should discuss with every potential supplier.


  1. Performance

The real world doesn’t operate by test chamber, and you shouldn’t either. Any supplier can show you pre-planned graphs of well-controlled test scenarios. Ask for more. Ask for real world results on actual shipping lanes and ask if they have any third-party independent tests.


  1. Thermal Options

No two shipping lanes are the same. Let’s face it, meeting pharmaceutical product requirements are difficult. No two payloads, or shipping lanes are the same and for every instance, the onus rests on the shipper to ensure the product’s integrity remains intact through to its final destination. Therefore, it is important to find a supplier with a robust offering of thermal options.


  1. Application Versatility

Do you want to manage one supplier, or many? It would certainly be easier if pharmaceutical shippers faced the same payloads and same applications every day. But we know that’s not the case. Stringent product requirements, applications, regions, transit times and more, vary greatly. Check if your thermal protection supplier has you covered over land, air, and sea.


  1. Availability

Healthcare is always time sensitive. Availability should be a key consideration before deciding on a thermal shipping supplier. Many times, a supplier will prioritize a prospect with quick replies, and fast turnarounds for samples and quotes. But once you enter a long-term contract, ask how your supplier will continue to be timely, responsive, and reliable in the future.


  1. Sustainability

It’s all in the details. Sustainability is more than just eco-friendly materials. It is the whole process of how the product is imagined, from raw material sourcing through the production process, transport, and wastage. “Green” is not black and white. Too many suppliers claim to be sustainable without detailing exactly how their overall process creates value for you or your customer.


  1. Asset Tracking

Thermal protection suppliers should be more than thermal protection. Anyone can sell you a thermal cover. But what happens after that? The difference between an insulation seller and a true cold chain partner is what they can offer you beyond the product itself. Consider a supplier that can help you manage your inventory of thermal covers.



The right supplier can make or break your business. If your supplier isn’t reliable or if the quality starts to slip, then your business will also struggle to provide reliable service. Or perhaps worse, will leave you scrambling and wasting unnecessary dollars trying to remedy their shortfalls.


Ready to get started?


A call or email to QProducts & Services is a great way to start the search. Even if we’re not the right supplier for you, we’d love to get you set on the right path.


Written by Tony Dellumo, Marketing Manager at QProducts & Services

Three Ways Passive Thermal Solutions Can Protect Your Transportation Network

January 26th, 2022 Posted by Update 0 thoughts on “Three Ways Passive Thermal Solutions Can Protect Your Transportation Network”
  1. Navigating Tight Capacity


In many cases, implementing a passive thermal solution like a pallet cover or cargo quilt, can reduce or eliminate the need for active temp control. Now more than ever, acquiring active temperature-controlled equipment, whether shipping by air, land, or sea, comes with a huge cost to shippers. The high price of refrigerated service comes along with limited availability, equating to major impacts to supply chain efficiency, customer service, and puts product quality at risk.


  1. Supply Chain Flexibility


Incorporating passive thermal solutions like pallet covers and container liners into your cold chain logistics offers added protection when shipping against increased temperature risk or weather-related delays. Such passive thermal solutions can also reduce transportation costs throughout the year when implemented during “shoulder seasons” between winter or summer extremes, or on low-risk shipping lanes that don’t necessarily demand more expensive active temp solutions.



  1. More Than Just a R.O.I.


Whether you’re a carrier, a broker, a manufacturer, or a forwarder, staying ahead in your industry means shipping smart. Get a leg up on the competition by equipping yourself for when the next transportation challenge reveals itself. Just in time deliveries, next day air, power outages and delays happen, but securing your cold chain with passive thermal protection can be the link that holds it all together.


Getting through airfreight security screenings, protecting high value containers through delays from power outages on intermodal or ocean shipments, and rushed LTL pallets needing next day air service are just a few examples of how passive thermal protection can turn a disadvantage into an opportunity to deliver for your customers.


Written by Tony Dellumo, Marketing Manager at QProducts & Services

Supply Chain Risk: COVID-19’s Continued Impact on Airfreight and Cold Chain Logistics

August 10th, 2021 Posted by Air, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Temperature Protection 0 thoughts on “Supply Chain Risk: COVID-19’s Continued Impact on Airfreight and Cold Chain Logistics”

Author: Tony Dellumo, Marketing Manager at QProducts & Services


Supply Chain Risk: COVID-19’s Continued Impact on Airfreight and Cold Chain Logistics


By Tony Dellumo – Marketing Manager, QProducts & Services


Prior to COVID-19, 20K airplanes were in the air globally, on any given day. According to Time Magazine, when COVID-19 hit, 16K were grounded. In the U.S. alone, air travel dropped 95%. Globally it dropped 62%,  thus effectively stopping air cargo transportation as we know it.


In the meantime, the need for medication, medical devices, PPE, food, water, and other necessities remained. We started seeing passenger aircraft being repurposed into cargo aircraft along with other efforts to try and keep the supply chain moving. Eventually, capacity for the transportation of goods across all modes of transportation, was at an all-time low.


Shortage of equipment like temp-controlled containers, major delays, and high prices stacked up to create tough scenarios for companies trying to keep their products moving out the door while maintaining product integrity and delivering in a timely manner. Delays were persistent and were scattered throughout the shipping process. “You could still book airfreight, but the carrier wasn’t showing show up in one or two days anymore. It could be six to seven days later before your freight went out the door. Once arriving at the airport, what once was a one or two-hour holding time had turned into six or seven hours before your cargo made it into the airport,” says Jim O’Donnell, Director of Pharma and Chemical Logistics at QPS. “This due to lack of staff, increased security protocols, etc., according to truck drivers.” With the tarmac backed-up with many flights’ worth of airfreight, cargo was subjected to double, even triple the normal tarmac time, putting freight at risk to the elements such as sun, wind, and moisture.


Manufacturers shipping by air were forced to use more robust protection to maintain temps with longer tarmac times. With even an extra half or full hour of tarmac time, the impact of the sun can be extreme. It seemed that shippers were scrambling to figure out how to work around delays by even changing the mode of transportation. Switching to ocean freight was an option but weighing longer transit times with quality risk and the customer service impacts of both, was yet another factor shippers were taking into consideration. With capacity for temperature-controlled shipping at its lowest levels compounded by COVID-19 vaccine distribution, passive thermal protection, a long-proven but under-utilized temp-control solution, was quickly becoming the saving grace of the global cold chain not only on the tarmac but over land and sea as well.


Fast forward to summer 2021. The supply chain landscape has changed forever. While transportation networks have adapted, adjusted, and even evolved into better versions of themselves in many ways, these impacts are still being felt and navigated around in a major way. With the COVID-19 Delta Variant now sweeping the mostly un-vaccinated globe, new lockdowns and travel restriction threaten to tighten the noose around the global supply chain once again, and companies with agile, flexible, and smart transportation networks will have the upper hand.


To find out how QProduct & Services can help give your transportation network the elasticity it needs to navigate obstacles in your supply chain, click here and tell us about your unique shipping challenges.


Wonder how COVID-19 provided an opportunity for cargo thieves? Check out the infographic here.

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Cold Chain Capacity Crisis Looms Ahead of COVID-19. Are You Prepared?

November 20th, 2020 Posted by Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Temperature Protection 0 thoughts on “Cold Chain Capacity Crisis Looms Ahead of COVID-19. Are You Prepared?”

Author: Tony Dellumo, Marketing Manager at QProducts & Services


Top players from cold chain logistics’ pharma, biologics, and the life sciences sector sound alarm on the upcoming burden on temperature-controlled shipping capacity as the global supply chain plans for the safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines require strict temperature management, some as cold as -20 to -30° C.


As states begin to release their draft COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, the vaccine cold chain requirements from manufacturer to patient present the biggest challenge these supply chains have seen throughout the course of this pandemic.


Compounded by the estimated 6.4 billion flu vaccines manufactured and distributed globally every year, the hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses needed in the U.S. and tens of billions worldwide threaten to stretch temp-controlled resources thin due to the variety of stringent temperature guidelines attached to different types of COVID-19 vaccines in development. The leading candidates belong to the mRNA category of shots, touting an impressive storage/distribution requirement of -94⁰F, with only a 24-hour allowable excursion for refrigerated temperature exposure. Other protein sub-unit vaccines are capable of refrigerated storage for months, yet others garner temperature requirements of -4⁰F.


For those familiar with the escalating prices of temperature controlled air freight and ground transportation due to the normal increase in demand, service cost, and the additional stress of ongoing pandemic related issues, the need to scramble for alternatives under the pressure of vaccine distribution can be a stark reality. Inevitably, everyday temp-sensitive cargo will be squeezed out of their place in line for temp-controlled equipment, forcing shippers to become flexible in how they manage their logistics moving into 2021 and beyond.


How to Remain Flexible in a Capacity Crunch


Equipment Selection for the Right Products at the Right Time


  • Identify when you can ship safely without temperature-controlled equipment, utilizing passive thermal protection (i.e., pallet covers) to eliminate possible excursions, dry equipment during times when environmental risk is low enough, or a combination of both to avoid delays and service disruption.
  • Use what you know about your product specs, your shipping lanes, and your service providers.
  • Examine lane risk using weather data and product data of each shipment ahead of scheduling.


Protection on the Tarmac Without Paying for Active Containers


  • Reflective pallet covers with varying levels of insulation can maintain product temps for hours on the tarmac.
  • Add phase change materials like gels and pre-condition for pallet-shipper protection without the pallet shipper prices.


Transportation Mode Selection


  • Now is a good time to explore switching from air to ocean where applicable. It’s less expensive and more available with temp-controlled service.
  • Ocean freight excursions can be eliminated using breathable pallet covers that maintain pallet temps in refrigerated containers during off-shore and on-shore power outages.
  • Check out full container protection in the form of CargoQuilt®or Container Kit


QProducts & Services provides flexibility and alternatives to shipping temperature-sensitive freight by utilizing passive thermal protection and cargo security, including providing pallet protection for COVID-19 vaccine trials. For over 25 years, we have served the pharma, life sciences, and healthcare industries, helping in the safe distribution of CRT and 2-8⁰C products. With our ear to the ground throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked to continue manufacturing our American Made products full-time, in a commitment to keeping the supply chain and cold chains moving so people can get the healthcare products, medicine, and food they need every day despite COVID-19 disruptions. In hosting our Cold Chain Council webinars for our community of cold chain professionals from all industries, we invite you to join our Cold Chain Council LinkedIn group to share your insight on current challenges in your cold chain and add to the conversation!


Our most recent webinar featured Georgios Ampartzidis from the World Federation of Hemophilia and Ed De Reyes of Sabrewing Aircraft Company. They discussed ways to ship temp-sensitive and life-saving medications to remote and underdeveloped regions of the world. Interested in learning more? Listen to our webinar recording.


Still have questions? Feel free to contact us directly at

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COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chains & Businesses | Survey Results

November 13th, 2020 Posted by Update 0 thoughts on “COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chains & Businesses | Survey Results”

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


The impact of COVID-19 is still being felt by businesses and supply chains around the world. We surveyed 138 supply chain professionals and 80 percent of respondents indicated that COVID-19 has personally impacted their business.


Respondents that were impacted were further bucketed into categories based on their answers into topics such as demand for goods and services, financial variations, modes of transportation, capacity constraints, and more. Some reported experiencing the impact in several areas, therefore, percentages do not equal 100 percent.


Below are the survey results, which show where the impact of COVID-19 is being felt by supply chain professionals:



  • Transit time delays for ocean and air shipments
  • Cancellations
  • Delayed deliveries



  • Drastic decrease in demand from food processors and restaurants means that growers and food service suppliers are inundated with excess supply



  • Disruption across all modalities
  • Route changes
  • Increased usage of multi-modes
  • Decrease in air transport



  • Tight capacity for international air and ocean shipment



  • With a bottleneck in supply chain from farm to table, federal programs such as the Farm to Families initiative has alleviated lost revenue for food growers and suppliers.



  • Companies are experimenting with work from home (WFH)
  • Adjusting schedules and shifts to accommodate social distancing
  • Focusing on safety and prevention



  • Increased client engagement
  • More digital communication
  • Drivers are not allowed on docks
  • Postponement of audits



  • Seizing this opportunity to try new things and change course
  • Several people reported a shift from food service to retail in order to survive
  • Increase in the usage of automation instead of relying on humans



Planning for the Future


Rarely have supply-chain leaders faced more complex, changing conditions than they have during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to McKinsey, supply chain disruptions lasting a month or longer now happen every 3.7 years, on average. Global manufacturing has only just begun to adopt a range of technologies such as analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced robotics, and digital platforms. Most companies are still in the early stages of their efforts.


To survive and overcome changes in the supply chain environment, organizations need to plan for the future and adapt in order to have the ability to respond quickly to change.



Final Thoughts


Our team of temperature protection experts here at QProducts and Services is here to provide solutions to fit your adapting supply chain.


In our November 2020 webinar, Using New Tech and Adaptive Logistics to Deliver Sensitive Medicine to Remote and High-Risk Destinations, we invite you to join us as we dig deep into drone delivery, emerging UAV technology, and tackling extreme cold chain and supply chain challenges.

Gathering Good Data During Real World Temperature Testing | Cold Chain Council Podcast

October 19th, 2020 Posted by Podcast, Update 0 thoughts on “Gathering Good Data During Real World Temperature Testing | Cold Chain Council Podcast”

Pete Mirabella and Tony Dellumo of QProducts & Services talk about real world temperature testing in your supply chain and how to gather good data. 

The Importance of Real World Temperature Testing | Cold Chain Council Podcast

October 19th, 2020 Posted by Update 0 thoughts on “The Importance of Real World Temperature Testing | Cold Chain Council Podcast”

Pete Mirabella and Tony Dellumo of QProducts & Services talk about the importance of real world temperature testing. 

Sustainability Packaging | Cold Chain Council Podcast

October 19th, 2020 Posted by Update 0 thoughts on “Sustainability Packaging | Cold Chain Council Podcast”

Welcome to Episode 2 of the Cold Chain Council Podcast! In this episode, Pete Mirabella and Rebecca Rossi from QProducts and Services discuss sustainable packaging, life sciences, and healthcare. Learn more about the factors that drive QProducts and Services to implement sustainable packaging and practices into the products that they build.

Pilot | Cold Chain Council Podcast

October 19th, 2020 Posted by Update 0 thoughts on “Pilot | Cold Chain Council Podcast”

Welcome to the Cold Chain Council Podcast series! Hosted by  QProducts & Services, we’ll be discussing challenges, innovations, and solutions to shipping temperature-sensitive products in your supply chain. Tune in to learn more about how to keep your supply chain, and more importantly your cold chain, secure and moving.



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Cold Chain Council Introduces A New Webinar: How to Collaborate with CMOs to Boost Efficiency and Overcome Capacity Challenges in a Complex Supply Chain

September 3rd, 2020 Posted by Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Technology, Temperature Protection 0 thoughts on “Cold Chain Council Introduces A New Webinar: How to Collaborate with CMOs to Boost Efficiency and Overcome Capacity Challenges in a Complex Supply Chain”

Cold Chain Council Introduces A New Webinar: How to Collaborate with CMOs to Boost Efficiency and Overcome Capacity Challenges in a Complex Supply Chain

Published on: September 2020


Hazel Crest, IL

Release: May 2020

For immediate release.



The Cold Chain Council, hosted by QProducts & Services, is hosting their second webinar of 2020: How to Collaborate with CMOs to Boost Efficiency and Overcome Capacity Challenges in a Complex Supply Chain. Industry-leading speakers will provide insight and discussion about partnering with Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) to better manage capacity and risk, promote innovation, and improve efficiency when dealing with complex pandemic scenarios.


We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 29th, at 11 AM CST as our speakers share examples and insight about partnering with Contract Manufacturing Organizations amid a new evolution of the supply chain. Register here for the upcoming webinar.


Industry-expert speakers will include:


  • Luiz Barberini, Operations Manager, External Manufacturing Latin America Head at Bayer. MBA, mechanical engineer, CQE, APICS CSCP and CPIM certified with three post-graduates in Marketing, Logistics, and Transports, Luiz has worked for more than 25 years in activities related to Supply Chain, Procurement, and Logistics. He also teaches Negotiation, Supply Chain, and Demand Management for some major post-graduation schools in São Paulo.


  • Jeff Tucker, CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide. Jeff Tucker is a third generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America’s oldest privately held freight brokerage specializing in complicated freight, like temperature-controlled, oversized, and high-value, high-security goods. Jeff is past chairman of the board for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). He also co-authors and chairs the committee for TIA’s Carrier Selection Framework.



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. In 2020, we have taken our format from live, in-person events to live webinar events to safely continue and expand our ability to gather around industry experts to tackle the challenges and issues at hand. Visit and join the Cold Chain Council group on LinkedIn to engage and stay informed regarding industry topics and future Cold Chain Council events.



Contact Information:
Anthony Dellumo
Marketing Manager, QProducts & Services
Hazel Crest, IL

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