Cold Chains are Hot! Mastering the Challenges of Temperature
- ID: 1208438
- March 2005
- 35 Pages
- Chainlink Research
Tsunami, hurricane, landslides -- in responding to the needs of the victims of these natural disasters, the effective delivery of food, pharmaceuticals and life saving products are now in the spotlight. Supply challenges related to transportation,infrastructure and other issues require careful planning and coordination.
WHEN CUSTOMERS LOSE, COMPANIES LOSE
And even in normal circumstances this “extreme” supply chain needs careful attention. Variations in temperature, humidity, altitude – all factors that can transform modern medical miracles into useless materials! Billions of dollars spent in research; manufacturing and FDA approval are at risk as these products move through the global chain of custody from supply to demand. The stakes are high – brand integrity, customer confidence and market share are all at risk in the fragile Cold Chain.
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Securing the Cold Chain requires innovation, collaboration and communication, ensuring that each of the critical links in the chain understands product storage and handling requirements. Advanced technologies, to include sensors, RFID, wireless and wired networks are all potential components of a Future Forward model that will ensure an ongoing ‘portable record’ of each product throughout its lifecycle. Information related to the ‘state’ of the product is critical – remedy and control are required to ensure that product is not compromised or contaminated.
USING '3Pe' TO GUIDE YOUR PATH AHEAD
The combination of enhanced Policy, Process, Performance and Enablers provides the key to success for Cold Chain management. Leveraging technologies that have been pioneered in the Food industry, it is possible to create a Cold Chain infrastructure that understands and prepares for the constraints of Cold Chain distribution. The case for action is compelling – lives are at stake! The ROI proposition is straightforward. SHOW LESS READ MORE >