The amount of condition-sensitive cargo is growing due to tailored pharmaceuticals, increased demand for fresh produce and more last mile deliveries (grocery and restaurant). The logistics and packaging have improved for condition-sensitive cargo and the desire for real-time information has become a requirement for most cold chain shippers. Now, it is time to implement IoT solutions to maintain the quality throughout the cold chain as well as comply with existing and new regulations. Download our new whitepaper for an in-depth look here.
Food and pharma, and even flowers, must often adhere to specific parameters for temperature, humidity and light exposure. If the shipment falls out of range, the cargo can be damaged or destroyed depending on the severity and length of the exposure. A recent PharmaIQ report notes, “Temperature excursions in the healthcare industry have recently resulted in losses of around $35 billion – [h]alf of this figure is due to product spoilage.”
In controlled environments, such as the lab or warehouse, it is easier to maintain and monitor the correct environmental conditions. When traveling or at the final destination, however, there are any number of reasons that a breach can occur from a disabled truck to a pallet getting wet before loading onto a ship. These situations are where technology becomes important in preventing or correcting an issue. It saves you time and money from having a rejected shipment as well as product damage and loss expenses.
Condition readings at the point of origin and destination do not provide enough data. There is a visibility gap while the cargo is in-transit. Instead, utilizing sensors which transmit to centrally located devices provide a real-time connection to your shipment even down to the package level. This virtual connection:
• Improves the accuracy and integrity of the data and reporting for cold chain shipments
• Allows for the integration of data into enterprise systems for business process automation and shipment analysis
• Provides visibility to multiple parties in the supply chain process
• Enables real-time notifications when environmental conditions are not maintained
• Reduces total resources required to measure, log and retrieve non-connected loggers
• Records the duration of an out of threshold event, or when the condition breach occurred plus how long the cargo was out of environmental range
To learn more, please download the latest CalAmp cold chain whitepaper here. If you would like to discuss this topic in person, the Supply Chain Integrity team will be at LogiPharma on October 4-6, 2017 in Philadelphia. We are proud to be a sponsor of this event.