Distribution Methods for Pharmaceuticals, Pt. 3: Vaccines and Temperature Monitoring

In part 1 and part 2 of our series on distribution methods for pharmaceuticals, we looked at the current model of the pharmaceutical supply chain, which has evolved so significantly since the turn of the century that the federal government has passed stricter regulations, while the World Health Organization has recommended Good Distribution Practices (GDP) to ensure the safety and security of prescription...

Written by Garret Weigel | April 30, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Supply Chain

On the Road Again: Transporting Donated Organs

In the past year, at least 3,182 organ transplants took place. To achieve this, an amazing feat had to happen: the organs had to be transported from donors to patients, which involved careful logistical effort, from harvest to successful transplant.

Written by Garret Weigel | April 18, 2019 | Supply Chain

Leveraging Cold Chain Visibility to Extend Shelf Life and Reduces Loss

Every year there is a steady flow of perishable goods into the United States, with imports fluctuating with the seasons. For example, about 85% of all cut flowers come into the United States through the “Gateway to the Americas,” Miami International Airport. On average, seven flights per day transport cut flowers, mainly originating from Latin America. During peak seasons, the number of flights rises to around 35...

Written by Garret Weigel | April 16, 2019 | Supply Chain

Distribution Methods for Pharmaceuticals, Pt. 2: Cold Chain Best Practices

Part 1 in our series on pharmaceutical distribution outlined a big picture overview of the current (but ever-changing) model of the pharma cold chain. In this post, we dive further into the Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) recommended to guarantee supply chain safety and security of medications as they move from manufacturer to patient. Because prescription drugs have become more expensive and specialized, the...

Written by Garret Weigel | April 10, 2019 | Pharmacy Safety, Supply Chain

Boosting Less than Truckload (LTL) Transport

The trucking industry was hot last year. While many shipments were made in bulk and filled an entire truck going from a single origin to a single destination, many were not filled to capacity. These shipments fit into another category: less than truckload, also referred to as “LTL.”

Written by Garret Weigel | April 5, 2019 | Supply Chain

An Ode to Containerization: How the Shipping Container has Shaped International Trade

For some time now, imports to the United States have far exceeded exports. Containerization has contributed to this imbalance. In fact, shipping goods via containers has radically changed the face of global transportation. The shipping container is an interchangeable unit that can accommodate all shapes and sizes of cargo. Planners can track it and change modes of transportation according to the demands of shippers....

Written by Garret Weigel | March 29, 2019 | Supply Chain

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