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Cool Runnings – One Year On

Last year in PMPS I discussed the current climate detailing temperate products and temperate chain (1). Significantly, there is an increasing focus in Europe and America with respect to the ‘Temperate Guideline’.

This means that manufacturers and their logistics partners must ultimately develop and implement compliant temperate supply chain solutions in order to move forward. However, it should be noted that product classes such as certain generics, OTCs and APIs were historically transported ‘as is’ without the protection of packing solutions and value-added services providing supply chain visibility. This point is key, as a large proportion of these class types are low cost products. Therefore the application of value-added solution and services will, without a doubt, increase the product price.

PACKAGING SOLUTIONS

Last year I touched on the variety of temperate chain packaging solutions that are on the market, ranging from active containers, through to thermal blankets and packaging solutions that incorporate phase change materials. The majority of these solutions are practical and maintain product integrity, although the crucial point is cost – often the weak link in the chain. A balancing act is always required between the solution’s viability with respect to thermal performance and cost, although, to reiterate, temperate chain packaging solutions are much more price sensitive.


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Robert Kayum is Head of Cold Chain Compliance at Kuehne + Nagel. He originally started working within the cold chain sector over 17 years ago for Laminar Medica UK Ltd, manufacturers of insulated shipping systems for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, where he gained invaluable experience in manufacturing, product development and validation. More recently, Robert supported Softbox Systems and their partner DHL through the provision of value added consultancy geared towards DHL’s Life Sciences customers. This led to Robert acting as an external Cold Chain Consultant to companies such as Kuehne + Nagel, BMI and DHL, prior to joining Kuehne + Nagel at the start of 2007. Robert sits on IATA’s Perishables Board.
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