From land to sea – the evolution of the sea freight for pharma

London, UK: 
Multiple factors affect the decision to choose a particular mode of transport for pharmaceuticals.
Mark Edwards, managing director, Modalis tells SMi Group why sea freight remains important for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical transport.

SMi: How would you describe the sea freight distribution industry segment at the moment, and how do you see it evolving over the next few years?

Edwards: “…Shipping lines have woken up to the fact that they can earn significant revenues from moving pharmaceuticals but that they need special handling.  Some have invested heavily in smart solutions in order to facilitate the transportation of pharma by sea.  I see other lines playing catch-up.  I also see the introduction of more technology giving visibility to the process and increasing the confidence of this mode to be effective for pharmaceuticals…”

SMi: What do you believe are the biggest challenges faced at each stage in the distribution process and what can be done to overcome these challenges?

Edwards: “…I think that traceability throughout the supply chain is the industry’s biggest challenge.  My hope is that the “Internet of things” can offer some practical and cost-effective solutions in the near future…”

The full Q&A is now available to view in the download centre on the event website.

Edwards will discuss real life experiences of companies successfully using sea freight on Day 1 of the conference, with a focus on switching to sea freight. Mark will also be a panelist during the interactive GDP guideline compliance panel discussion together with Tony Wright, chief executive, Exelsius (Moderator), Stephen Mitchell, quality lead logistics partnerships, GSK, Glyn Stacey, chief executive Bio, and executive director, International Stem Cell Banking Initiative & Sascha Sonnenberg, VP Commercial Operations Americas and EMEA, Marken.

For those interested in attending the two-day conference, there is currently a £100 early bird discount for registrations made before Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Cold Chain Distribution 2017 is sponsored by Marken (Lead Sponsor), Berlinger & Co., Emball’iso, Peli BioThermal, Sensitech, TP3 Global, Topa Thermal, World Courier & Yourway Transport.

12th Cold Chain Distribution Conference and Exhibition
13 – 14 December 2017
London, UK
W: www.coldchain-distribution.com/GCCN