China struggles to keep up with cold chain demand

In recent months, general airfreight in China has shown lackluster growth and suffered yield pressure. However, there is at least one segment of cargo traffic that is making air cargo operators in China salivate – cold chain services – and the logistics sector is scrambling to keep up with the momentum. In 2013, investors poured […]

IAG Cargo begins 787 flights to Delhi

The London-to-Delhi service announced in July by IAG Cargo has begun this week, using British Airways-operated 787-9 aircraft. Each flight has up to 22 tonnes of cargo capacity, which IAG said it hopes to fill with high-value cool-chain products from India’s growing pharmaceutical sector. IAG Cargo can now offer customers a weekly lift of up […]

CFS panel stresses pharma standards, training, equipment

MIAMI – When handling perishable and pharmaceutical goods, the panelists at the Cargo Facts Symposium 2015 all agreed that the best investment they could make is in training its cool-chain handling crews. The panelists at the “Pharma and Perishables Focus” session also called for global standards for efficiency and transparency, as well as the use […]

Hughes calls for cooperation across supply chain

MIAMI – IATA’s global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes, said the logistics business is not keeping up with technology – a sentiment that’s been expressed before, but one he said cannot be emphasized enough. Hughes, who addressed attendees at today’s ACMG Workshop, which is part of the Cargo Facts Symposium (CFS) 2015, also called for […]

MD Logistics to double pharma storage capacity

Business is booming at Indiana-based 3PL firm MD Logistics, which has begun a US$2.5 million project to add a 173,000-square-foot expansion to its pharmaceutical storage facility and upgrade its existing cold storage facility to keep up with the strong demand for pharma and medical device services. The controlled-room-temperature structure will be located near the company’s […]

SEKO Logistics’ awarded ISO certification

SEKO Logistics has received certification in Europe and the United States for ISO 13845, which lists the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design, manufacture, safety and integrity of medical devices. SEKO MedTec is one of SEKO’s fastest-growing businesses, focused exclusively on the medical device industry, which includes a dedicated program for […]

CAL Group first to be all-around CEIV-Pharma certified

Tel-Aviv-based CAL Group recently became the first logistics group to earn IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV-Pharma) certification for its airline, ground handling and road-feeder operations. The CEIV-Pharma certification applies to the group’s hub at Liege Airport, including facilities, equipment, operations and staff. CAL’s road-feeder services are through a partnership with […]

FAA approves AA Cargo for cool-chain container use

American Airlines Cargo has become the first U.S. passenger carrier to receive approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for use the RAP e2 cargo containers, made by Envirotainer. The RAP e2 can fit a maximum of five European pallets or four U.S. pallets. The airline can begin using the e2 containers for temperature-controlled cargo […]

UPS opens Philly healthcare distribution facility

UPS has opened a new “healthcare compliant” distribution warehouse in New Jersey, to enable the carrier to reach more than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals within four hours. With 208,000 square feet, the facility is located near UPS’s air hub at Philadelphia International Airport. This field stocking location provides end-to-end service for healthcare customers who […]

Jan de Rijk buys Omega for pharma business

As Jan de Rijk Logistics grows in the pharmaceutical sector, it has taken an interest in and acquired 100 percent control of Netherlands-based Omega Logistics. Omega is a niche player with a network that distributes temperature-controlled products to pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, as well as directly to patients. This acquisition strengthens Jan de […]

Yusen Logistics gains pharma foothold at Schiphol

  Increasing its development in the pharmaceutical supply-chain business, Yusen Logistics has opened a pharmaceutical facility at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. The forwarder has a 3,900 square-foot GDP (good distribution practices) compliant warehouse, full temperature control from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade, pest control, separate areas for pharma and general cargo, a cold store unit which is […]

Yet another acquisition in logistics sector

European road feeder service, Jan de Rijk Logistics has acquired Omega Logistics, which specializes in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. Omega has a private, temperature-controlled distribution network for transporting sensitive goods to pharmacies, hospitals, patients and other health care facilities. Omega’s director, Gerard van de Weert, said the entrepreneurial environment at Jan de Rijk fits […]

Pelican, Zuelling partner for cold chain packaging

Pelican BioThermal plans to grow in Asia by partnering with Zuelling Pharma in Vietnam. Zuelling will be using Pelican’s reusable passive thermal packaging line, called Credo and the Credo cube, for shipping parcels. For the transport of pharmaceutical products, the company will utilize Credo Xtreme for bulk shipments, ProMed and DuraCube. Pelican said the benefit […]

Pharma demands more dynamic services from forwarders

Forwarders must learn to be flexible and tailor their services, especially as the pharmaceutical supply chain becomes increasingly complex, IJS Global’s director, Naomi Landman, said last week. Landman told Flypharma conference attendees that the pharmaceutical business is going through a major transition, moving from a one-size-fits-all model to one built around personalized, individual care and wellness. “We […]
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