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Cool Logistics for Pharma & Healthcare Survey

Cool Logistics for Pharma & Healthcare Survey

300+ Pharma Cool Chain Related Executives answered the questions in this survey (September 2012):


Q: Which of these best represents the products that you are principally moving through your supply chain ?

  • Branded Pharmaceuticals 29%
  • Biopharmaceutical's 23%
  • Healthcare Distribution (on behalf of one of the above) 16%
  • Clinical Supplies and IMP’s 11%
  • Other 11%
  • Generics and OTC products 3%

Q: What are the top 3 priorities in your temperature assured distribution supply chain ?

  • Reduce or prevent product deviations and excursions 69%
  • Cost reduction within the supply chain 29% 
  • Ensuring compliance with GDP regulations 29%
  • Reduce product theft within the distribution chain 7%
  • Something else 7%
  • Sustainability/Environmental impact within the supply chain 5%
  • Move toward the outsourcing model within the supply chain 3%

Q: What is the main driver within your business to ensure you have an effective cold chain ?

  • Patient safety 59%
  • Regulatory compliance 18%
  • Product efficacy 11%
  • Cost of product spoilage 7%
  • Brand equity 4%

Q: Which of the emerging BRIC economies presents the greatest opportunity for your business in the next 5 year ?

  • China (APAC) 41%
  • Brazil (LATAM) 17%
  • Russia (CIS) 17%
  • India (APAC) 14%
  • Other 12%

Q: Which of the emerging BRIC economies presents the greatest challenge for your business in the next 5 years ?

  • China (APAC) 35%
  • Russia (CIS) 26%
  • India (APAC) 14%
  • Brazil (LATAM) 13%
  • Other 13%

Q: What would you say is THE biggest challenge facing the healthcare industry in the next 5 years ?

  • Pricing & Reimbursement schemes 35%
  • Changing business models 30%
  • End of the Blockbuster era 12%
  • Patent expiration 12% 
  • Increasing R&D Productivity 10%

Q: Which product temperature ranges do you ship within your business ?

  • +2C - +8C 83%
  • +15C - +25C 39%
  • +2C - +30C 16%
  • -20C or below 14%
  • Dry Ice 7%
  • Other 5%

Q: What is the primary method of distribution method used for Temperature sensitive products ?

  • Air 60%
  • Road 35%
  • Ocean 4%
  • Rail 1%

Q: Currently what percentage of temperature sensitive product shipped is recorded as having an excursion or deviation whilst in the distribution chain ?

  • Between 1-5% 27%
  • Less than 1% 25%
  • Unknown or not recorded 20%
  • Between 6-10% 12%
  • Above 15% 10%
  • Between 11-15% 6%

Q: Which technologies are you currently considering employing to improve your supply chain ?

  • High performance passive packaging solutions 45%
  • Track & trace technology 38%
  • Temperature controlled trucks 17%
  • Active containers 13%
  • Returnable & reusable packaging solutions 13%
  • Temperature controlled ocean containers 8%
  • Other 4%

Q: Passive temperature Assurance Packaging between one company and another is pretty much the same, it has become a commodity.

  • Disagree 59%
  • Agree 41%

Q: I would be more likely than in the past to adopt new technologies or services from a supplier if it showed that it could reduce my Total Cost of Distribution even if the technology or service was at a higher price point.

  • Agree 87%
  • Disagree 13%

Q: Freight forwarding products and services are pretty much the same from all of the major providers and has become a commodity.

  • Disagree 62%
  • Agree 38%

Q: Those responsible for making purchasing decisions relating to cold chain products and services are more open to change, if they could see tangible value from doing so.

  • Agree 89%
  • Disagree 11%

Q: What are the challenges in deploying multi-use packaging solutions for European or Global distribution ?

  • Effective reverse logistics networks 41%
  • Asset management and tracking 25%
  • Cleaning, reclaim or decontamination standards/ methods to satisfy QA 24%
  • Lack of clear Return on Investment models 23%
  • High initial capital outlay 14%
  • Import / export issues 8%
  • Lack of rental or leasing options 7%

Q: When selecting supply chain vendors to work with in your temperature assurance supply chain, what are the most important capabilities you look for ?

  • Quality standards 55%
  • Price advantage 26%
  • Service Excellence 23%
  • Innovation 19%
  • Global capability 16%
  • Specific expertise to support your business 13%
  • Other 0%

Q: Where do you see the most innovation taking place in your supply chain specifically related to Temperature Assurance ?

  • Temperature monitoring and Evaluation 30%
  • Passive Packaging solution provider 28%
  • Active solution providers 14%
  • 3rd party distribution freight 11%
  • 3rd party distribution air 11%
  • Other 3%
  • 3rd party distribution ocean 2%

Q: As the Healthcare industry focuses on core competencies, and the supply chain dynamics change, where in future are you more likely to look for innovation and influence over your packaging solutions ?

  • Logistics Service providers who can provide full turnkey solutions from end to end 59%
  • Peers and colleagues within the Cold Chain sector 16%
  • Independent consultants outside of your business 12%
  • Somewhere else 7%
  • IQPC vendors 6%

Q: An official Request for Proposal is the only true method of identifying and analysing the most suitable technology or service provider within the temperature assured supply chain.

  • Disagree 60%
  • Agree 40%

Q: An official Request for Proposal focuses on cost only and does not take into consideration the other factors such as service and total cost of ownership in the decision making process.

  • Disagree 64%
  • Agree 36%

Q: An official Request for Proposal extends and can complicate the process for defining and choosing alternative solution providers.

  • Agree 54%
  • Disagree 46%

Source: IQPC and SCA Cool Logistics (www.sca-cool-logistics.com)