The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has resulted in unprecedented changes and challenges for the logistics industry. Throughout 2020, restrictions such as border closures, lockdowns, and increased demands for personal protective equipment required logistics providers to react quickly and demonstrate great flexibility. As new vaccines become available the industry must once again rise to a new challenge as they are tasked with effectively distributing vaccines across the world. The logistics industry has displayed great resilience and ingenuity throughout these difficult times. Although it is still difficult to predict how events with the coronavirus will develop further, we are pleased to share with you some of the main trends and areas of focus we have identified for the logistics sector this year.
Requirements for vaccine storage and transportation
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna SARS-Cov-2 vaccines both require special storage conditions, and that is a major challenge for logistics companies. It is essential to maintain extremely low-temperature conditions(–70 °C) throughout the supply chain for these vaccines. In addition, the containers with vaccines should be equipped with sensors and GPS trackers to assist in centralized tracking of transportation conditions.
The strict control of the supply chain
Due to the pandemic and ongoing safety concerns, logistics companies will be required to continue to adhere to strict sanitary procedures including contactless delivery, masking and disinfection of equipment and vehicles.
Innovations in personalized treatment create new challenges in packaging, analysis, delivery, and medication stability. Precision medicine, which takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person, is considered to be an essential step towards the future of medicine. However, many of these new-generation medications like biologics require careful handling and are very temperature-sensitive so must be delivered according to strict temperature controls with the minimum of delay.
The rise of blockchain
The modern world of logistics strives to create a transparent system for all participants in the supply chain. Blockchain technology is a major part of this and has already proven itself in various industries including banking. For logistics providers, blockchain allows the secure exchange of data in the supply chain from the first to the last point with all participants. It also provides companies with a possibility to check the location and condition of their goods at any necessary moment.
COREX Logistics closely follows market trends and anticipates any upcoming changes. Our entire delivery process has already been digitized, and we are ready for new challenges and requirements as we continue to deliver exceptional clinical trial supply and logistics solutions.
COREX Logistics is a supply and logistics company with headquarters in Ireland, working with pharma and patients to facilitate improved healthcare worldwide.
Our expert international team works across an 80-country network, specialising in the EMEA region, providing the latest in clinical trial logistics technology and systems, cold-chain delivery, temperature-controlled transportation and storage services. From sourcing, procurement and customs clearance, to labelling, returns and destruction, we cover every link in the supply chain. We also run an established Named Patient Programme and provide Patient-Oriented services. With extensive knowledge and on-the-ground insight into our markets, we create innovative solutions with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of patients.