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Cool Chain Association

Author: CCA

Seventh Global Perishables Conference

Innovation and Technology – an introduction to CCA projects that are supporting a more quality-driven cool supply chain.

Featuring guest speaker Lucien Jansen, Chief Executive Officer, Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) to give an in-depth overview of the South African perishables landscape, and a talk from Dr Radhika Batra, founder of Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), Every Infant Matters, about reshaping healthcare to make it more accessible.

Cool chain association backs children’s charity and welcomes two new sponsors at its seventh annual perishables conference

Global container shipping line MSC and South African terminal operator FPT join the Perishables Products Export Control Board (PPECB) to support the virtual conference

Luxembourg, Monday 6th September 2021: The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is requesting delegates for its virtual Perishables Conference on 15th September 2021 to donate to children’s charity Every Infant Matters instead of paying a registration fee.

The conference, supported by platinum sponsor PPECB, gold sponsor MSC and silver sponsor FPT, will provide a platform for delegates to learn about new ways to drive quality and efficiency in the temperature-controlled supply chain.

The event will see Board members provide an update on current CCA projects that are supporting a more quality-driven cool chain.

“CCA members work together on projects that will help improve the quality of the cool chain and we have plenty of useful information to share at our conference, especially given the challenges of COVID,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA Chairman.

“The value of collaboration is in sharp focus at the moment, and we will be sharing knowledge and information to help support stakeholders from across the cool logistical value chain to be more agile and less wasteful.”

The virtual event will take place on Wednesday 15th September from 15:30 to 18:00 CET.

Guest speakers will include Lucien Jansen, PPECB Chief Executive Officer, and Dr Radhika Batra, Founder of Every Infant Matters, the CCA’s chosen charity.

Every Infant Matters serves poverty-stricken communities in India, Nigeria, and the Dominican Republic with last mile healthcare solutions.

The conference programme will feature talks by Evangelakakis and Nicola Caristo, CCA Secretary General and Airline Partner Manager of SkyCell AG, along with round tables chaired by CCA Board Directors examining data sharing, risk and change management, and collaboration in practice.

To register to attend the CCA’s Global Perishables Event, please click this link or contact Ebele Nwakude at ebele@meantime.global

Cool chain association board welcomes miguel rodríguez moreno from qatar airways cargo who will focus on technology at the perishables conference

The seventh CCA Perishables conference will take place virtually on the 15th of September 2021 with a focus on innovation and tech and an overview of the South African perishables market

Luxembourg, Tuesday 10th August 2021: Miguel Rodríguez Moreno, Senior Manager Climate Control Products, Qatar Airways Cargo has joined the Cool Chain Association (CCA)’s Board of Directors.

He will take part in the CCA’s Seventh Perishables Conference, which will be virtual for the first time, on the 15th of September at 15.30 CET.

Rodríguez brings over six years’ experience in cargo, including four years as Global Pharma Development Manager for Etihad Cargo.

“It is an honour to join CCA’s Board of Directors and I look forward to sharing our expertise while at the same time hearing from other stakeholders so we can collaboratively improve and enhance the cool chain,” said Rodríguez Moreno.

“Digitalisation is one of the key pillars of our strategy; tech and automation is being implemented across all areas of our services including cool chain solutions and I am looking forward to being part of the CCA Perishables Conference where the focus is on innovation and tech.”

The Conference, sponsored by the South African Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), will focus on innovation and technology, giving an introduction to current CCA projects supporting a quality-driven temperature-controlled supply chain.

Guest speakers will include Lucien Jansen, PPECB Chief Executive Officer, to give an in-depth overview of the South African perishables landscape, and Dr Radhika Batra, founder of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Every Infant Matters, the CCA’s chosen charity, to talk about reshaping healthcare to make it more accessible.

“CCA members work together on projects that will help improve the quality of the cool chain and we have plenty of useful information to share at our conference, especially given the challenges of COVID,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA Chairman and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux.

“The value of collaboration is in sharp focus at the moment and we will be sharing knowledge and information to help support stakeholders from across the cool chain to be more agile and less wasteful.”

The two-and-a-half hour event will feature talks by Evangelakakis, as well as Nicola Caristo, CCA Secretary General, and Airline Partner Manager, SkyCell AG.

Round tables chaired by CCA Board Directors Vijan Chetty, General Manager PPECB; Eric Mauroux, Founder and President, FreshBizDev; and Fabrizio Iacobacci, Head of Pharma Business Development, BCUBE Spa, will look at data sharing, risk and change management, and collaboration in practice.

While the event is free to attend, the CCA is asking delegates to donate to its chosen charity Every Infant Matters, which serves communities in poverty in India, Nigeria, and the Dominican Republic with last mile health solutions.

For more information on sponsoring or attending  the CCA Perishables Conference 2021, contact cca@meantime.global.

Cool chain association welcomes five new members and launches technical committee

The announcement comes as Qatar Cargo becomes the latest member and former CCA Secretary General Edwin Kalischnig is made Honorary Board Member.

Luxembourg, Tuesday 6th July 2021The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has launched a newly-established Technical Committee and welcomed five new members.

The Committee’s aim is to assist, analyse, study, and manage critical points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as developing standards, and initiating projects.

It will include CCA members who are not Board members and have volunteered to become Project Coordinators, responsible for the facilitation of initiatives and the proposal of final solutions to the Board.

“The Committee itself is open only to CCA members, but we welcome any suggestions for projects that will progress the ambition of the Association to reduce waste and loss and improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the cool supply chain,” said Nicola Caristo, Secretary General, CCA and Airline Partner Manager, SkyCell AG.

“It will allow the CCA to concentrate its efforts and resources on specific topics and projects, whilst showcasing the benefits of joining the Association to cool chain companies through white papers and proof of concept.”

The Committee was launched at the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM), during which former CCA Secretary General Edwin Kalischnig, Chief Executive Officer, Xtreme Technologies, was made an honorary Board member.

The five new CCA members include Qatar Cargo, 7P Solutions, FreshBizDev, SmartCAE, and AirCargo Consultancy Global.

CCA is planning its Cool Chain Association Perishables Conference 2021 in partnership with

The Perishables Products Export Control Board (PPECB), which will take place virtually in September.

Details and an agenda will be released shortly.

The Cool Chain Association joins Cargo iQ’s latest initiative to support supply chain quality

CCA members will take part in a Cargo iQ Pilot Program exploring Care Mapping in the pharma cool chain

Luxembourg and Geneva, Monday 17th February 2020: The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is backing a new Cargo iQ initiative for Care Mapping in the temperature-controlled supply chain.

CCA members will join an Advisory Board supporting Cargo iQ’s Pilot Program, which aims to develop tools and standards for planning and control, as well as for process and provider evaluation of conditions under which shipments move.

“CCA members are focused on improving the cool chain to help reduce food loss and to ensure that life-saving pharma shipments arrive safely with the patients that need them,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA Chairman, and Head of Global Healthcare at Cargolux Airlines.

“To achieve true transparency and move the industry forward, it is vital that we collaborate and share knowledge with like-minded stakeholders such as Cargo iQ and its members.”

Cargo iQ’s Care Mapping Pilot will initially focus on pharmaceuticals, with other Special Care services, such as valuables, live animals, and perishables, being road-tested once the methodology has been finalised.

“Cargo iQ works with leading stakeholders such as CCA from across the air cargo industry to test the concept and help develop a simple, scalable method to provide both top-down and bottom-up planning, as well as transparency for all operators in the supply chain,” said Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cargo iQ.

CCA will be announcing a series of new initiatives and events over the coming months, all focused on delivering tangible benefits to the temperature-controlled supply chain.

CCA will host two events this year, its Eighth Pharma and Biosciences Conference in Vienna, Austria, on the 21st and 22nd September 2020, and a Perishables Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in June.

Cargo iQ will officially launch its Care Mapping Pilot, announcing the companies that are taking part, at the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s World Cargo Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, on 11th March 2020.

Cargo iQ will also hold its Annual General Meeting in Istanbul together with announcement of another Pilot on parameters for service differentiation.

Cargo iQ Pilots are open to any relevant company and are not restricted to Cargo iQ members.

Cargo iQ’s next working group meeting will be held from 12-14 May 2020. Location to be announced in due course.

For more information on Cargo iQ, visit cargoiq.org

Etihad cargo’s IATA CEIV certification opens membership to cool chain association and pharma.aero

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday 15th January 2020 – On the back of its recent successes in obtaining IATA CEIV certifications for both its pharma and fresh products, Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced an extension of its cold chain global business partnerships by joining the exclusive Cool Chain Association as well as Pharma.Aero.

The affiliation with the two cross-industry associations, which includes pharma shippers, CEIV certified cargo communities, airport operators and other air cargo industry stakeholders, provides the UAE-based carrier with active participation in the development and enhancement of industry standards and processes.

The news comes less than a year after Etihad Cargo became the first regional carrier and airport Hub in the Middle East to be awarded CEIV certification in Pharmaceutical Logistics, and only the second carrier in the world to obtain the CEIV certification in Perishables Logistics (Fresh) two weeks ago. Its dedicated TempCheck and FreshForward products provide specially designed, temperature-controlled equipment to transport pharmaceuticals and perishable items in the quickest possible time, adhering to the highest compliance guidelines.

Andre Blech, Head of Cargo Operations and Delivery at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Our memberships of the Cool Chain Association and Pharma.Aero are testament to the progress Etihad Cargo has made over the past 18 months as we continue to drive forward our ambition to provide reliable end-to-end air transportation for perishable and pharmaceutical shippers.”

The Cool Chain Association will provide Etihad Cargo with a strategic conduit for knowledge exchange and technological ideas, in addition to a tailored platform to expand its current government, industry and supply chain partnerships on a global level.

Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman of the Cool Chain Association and Global Product Manager, Cargolux, said: “The CCA brings together industry leaders from across the cool chain to network, share insight, and trial new ideas. CCA members are focused on driving genuine change in the pharma and perishables cool chain with a focus on contributing to reducing waste and improving the lives of patients by ensuring transportation meets the requirements of the shipper, and Etihad will bring valuable insight and input from an airline perspective. We look forward to their contribution.”

Etihad Cargo’s Pharma.Aero membership carries active participation at IATA LAPB meetings and regulation updates, ensuring its seat at the centre of industry-wide decision-making processes.

Nathan De Valck, Chairman of Pharma.Aero, said: “We welcome Etihad Cargo into the Pharma.Aero membership and look forward to their active contribution in our project groups to further improve pharma handling processes in collaboration with the pharmaceutical manufacturers. As the first Middle sEast carrier to join Pharma.Aero, Etihad Cargo marks the expansion of our global membership into that region”.

Etihad Cargo’s network, consisting of 60 global operating stations, provides pharmaceutical and perishables logistics services and seamless connections across more than 100 trade lanes listed as IATA CEIV certified.

For more background on Etihad Cargo’s membership please visit www.coolchain.org and www.pharma.aero.

An Update on the LAX Initiative

The LAX initiative was launched as part of our ongoing goal to find tangible ways to improve the temperature supply chain and fight food loss, as well as making sure pharma consignments safely reach their destinations.

The initiative was built on our data sharing pilot last year, when we tracked and measured perishable shipments moving along the Los Angeles and Amsterdam trade lane. A second exercise then took place to track data from perishable consignments moving from Latin America to the Middle East. 

Both tests involved tracking shipments of commodities, such as avocados and berries, from grower to consignee via electronic logging devices attached to pallets and containers. They showed valuable results and clarified how important it is to run these tests in as many trade lanes as possible to collect a wide selection of data.  

Although today’s supply chain landscape has meant our priority is supporting our members with COVID-19 vaccine movement best practise, we remain committed to finding ways of collaborating and ensuring this project reaches the goal of improving the temperature supply chain and fight food loss. 

We plan to put together a team to ensure that the initiative continues to push forward and educate the industry. 

The team will work to expand on previous tests, increasing the number of lanes and types of goods we track, and create a calendar for seasonal products and a detailed test schedule.

All members of the supply chain will share the collected data to identify temperature excursions and pinch points along the supply chain.

The LAX Initiative is open to all interested CCA members and complete results will be available for purchase upon completion of the tests to demonstrate how collaboration can tangibly improve the cool supply chain. 

Cool chain association launches change management matrix to assist airports to prepare for the covid-19 vaccine

The project was launched at the CCA’s COVID-19 Taskforce Workshop when members also called for pharma shippers to sign up to Known Shipper schemes to help ease bottlenecks along the value chain

Luxembourg, Monday 16th November 2020: The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has launched a COVID-19 Distribution Change Management Matrix aimed at supporting airports to prepare their logistics for COVID-19 vaccines in a methodical way.

The Matrix looks at adherence to temperature requirements, packaging, forecast and quantity, and timeframe across different stages in a vaccine’s journey through an airport.

CCA will share the Matrix with members for them to complete and then bring together the information to help the supply chain to focus on potential pinch points, training needs, safety and security, as well as supplier and risk management, and quality.

The Matrix also incorporates sections on facilities, and warehouse, and ramp operations.

“CCA members can share vital information, which, once consolidated, will provide a useful resource as the industry prepares in the best way we can for the distribution of the vaccines,” said Nicola Caristo, Secretary General of the CCA and Airline Partner Manager, SkyCell.

“We are not aiming to suddenly find an end-to-end solution, but focussing on airports, where we know there are potential bottlenecks and where we can use the vast knowledge in our network to help establish workable guidelines.”

The scheme was unveiled during CCA’s recent COVID-19 Taskforce Workshop, where the focus was also placed on the need for both shippers and legislators to play their part.

“It will be essential to have the buy-in from Customs and other legislators,” said CCA Board member Fabrizio Iacobacci, Head of Pharma Business Development at Bcube Air Cargo

”But we should also look at encouraging shippers to be involved and start investing in signing up for Known Shipper status wherever possible to help speed up the process.”

Guest speaker Ruud van der Geer, Global Deliver Strategy Team MSD said the pharma industry was working to be as prepared as possible in volatile times.

“The biggest challenge is that we have to develop a network, but there are still so many unknowns, from the required shipping temperature to where it will be manufactured and delivered, and the overall manufacturing capacity,” he said.

“We have to build something scalable and sustainable, sustainable because we have other products in our portfolio, and we have to make sure this doesn’t impact access to existing medication.

“We need a standardised solution, there is no benefit to everyone coming up with their own supply chain solution, that means we need to stay connected and keep talking.”

Workshop members also heard from new CCA member Stefan Braun, Managing Director of SmartCAE, behind a software platform for the simulation of Temperature Controlled Logistics called the Virtual Cold Chain.

Braun demonstrated a case study on how the Virtual Cool Chain could help plan a robust distribution of Covid vaccines needing to travel at -70 Celsius.

“The idea is to connect all of the different stakeholders, from packaging companies to the pharma companies, to put the data together so that we can determine what the optimal packaging is and the optimal service on the lane to deliver with minimum risk and in the most cost-efficient way, “ he said.

“To do this virtually takes minutes, versus hours for an actual journey.”

To find out more about the project and take part, contact Nicola email nicola.caristo@coolchain.org

Cool chain association and international air transport association sign MOU

CCA and IATA join forces to drive improvements in the quality, efficiency, and sustainability of the temperature-controlled supply chain

Luxembourg and Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday October 22nd 2020: The Cool Chain Association (CCA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) supporting the drive for the safe, sustainable transport of perishables and pharmaceuticals.

CCA and IATA have joined forces as part of a common goal to improve the quality of the temperature-controlled supply chain by sharing feedback, experiences, knowledge, and best practice.

They also plan to develop common work programs, including temporary task forces and round tables, for specific initiatives such as the transport of vaccines and life science products.

“Both CCA and IATA have a common interest in ensuring the secure handling and transport of perishables and pharmaceuticals by means of robust standards,” said Nicola Caristo, CCA Secretary General and Airline Partner Manager, SkyCell AG.

“Through this agreement we are establishing a formal basis of collaboration to better assist the global industry to improve, as well as increasing sustainability and reducing waste.

“We will be working together to promote the implementation of methodologies and quality criteria such as the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Fresh and Pharma programs.”

The initiative will see representatives of both organisations attending each other’s industry meetings as observers, to present best practice and communicate the results of ongoing projects such as the CCA’s data sharing trials.

As a first step, CCA yesterday (October 21st) took part in IATA’s webinar on the industry’s readiness for the transportation of vaccines and life science products lead by Andrea Gruber, IATA Head of Special Cargo.

“Air cargo has been critical throughout this crisis in supporting medical staff on the front line fighting COVID-19 whilst ensuring that global supply chains are maintained for the most time-sensitive products including medical and food supplies,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

“With these experiences it is evident that collaboration and alignment with industry initiatives are key elements that will transform the future of our industry.

“This MOU between the CCA and IATA formalizes an ongoing collaboration between the two organizations with the aim of better assisting the industry in improving the quality of pharmaceutical and perishable consignment handling and transportation.”

CCA aims to reduce wastage and improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the temperature-sensitive supply chain by enabling collaboration and encouraging innovation among its members.

CCA members are planning a new series of data sharing tests, under a project called the LAX Initiative, to monitor perishable shipments on global trade lanes in a bid to improve supply chain management and reduce food loss.

The Importance of Social Media for Associations

Social media is an essential tool for associations and businesses, facilitating the instant spread of news, campaigns, and support throughout different verticals.

More importantly, these platforms help connect businesses with customers, increase brand awareness, and boost leads and sales.

But how does social media make this possible?

Building Awareness

One of the key aspects of social media is that it provides a presence on a variety of platforms which can be used to raise awareness on everything from new members to mergers.

It is important to remember that if potential customers are not aware of the business or association, they will never become customers or members.

Social media boosts visibility and can be used to address specific sectors of audiences for targeted connections and interaction through the use of hashtags and groups.

For example, a new piece of technology used for transporting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals would be relevant for a variety of different specialisms (pharma packaging manufacturers, track-and-trace developers, air cargo operators, Customs officials, etc), but the key messages required by these verticals may differ to pique interest – this is where targeted social media posts can be used to ensure that each selected group receives the prime information they require.

Providing Authority

As an association, authority on a subject is pivotal to not only provide guidance for members, but to highlight expertise and entice others into joining.

Developing and running robust social media profiles with frequent updates of relevant content will build brand authority and create positive first impressions that highlight trustworthiness, knowledge, and approachability.

This can be done through tasks as simple as sharing or commenting on another post or thought piece made by a highly regarded business, to writing your own expert-led discussions surrounding pressing topics for your vertical and building the conversation from there.

Taking the initiative and making a statement can go a long way on social media.

Encouraging and Supporting Growth

One of the best things social media provides is easy communication with customers and peers.

Gone are the days of calling customer service lines or searching for an individual’s extension number when a simple Twitter search or LinkedIn connection can provide the same results.

Businesses wanting to capitalise on the benefits of social media should take the time to engage with comments on their pages, look to join conversations on other pages and interest groups, show support with new developments for other businesses and important individuals, and prove yourself as responsive and engaged with the concerns or questions that you could solve.

Being Human

Finally, social media allows businesses and associations to show personality and that individuals are behind the screen. Think about your brand and what voice you want to go with it – how will this represent who you and your colleagues are to your target audiences?

It is the case that customers simply are not interested in reading or engaging with dry, corporate-style social media posts; they want to be a part of a conversation and to get to know the people behind the posts.

This is why platforms such as LinkedIn are a great tool for building connections as those working for the business or association can easily be linked, providing a face and a name for potential members or customers that are looking for an easy way to get in touch.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” still rings true on social media, which is why platforms such as Instagram are great for showcasing the lighter, funnier side of work.

Fridays are also a good time to embrace that more casual ‘end of the week’ feeling with simpler, less challenging posts on topics such as team building experiences or remembering previous events.

For examples on social media posts, make sure you follow the Cool Chain Association on LinkedIn and Twitter, and follow Meantime Communications on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook for news, topics, and inspiration.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 WITHIN THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

The perishable industry within the African Continent is experiencing challenges in both the marketing and logistical value chain as a result of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of July, the African Continent had reported 478,467 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, with the countries most impacted countries being South Africa (SA) and Egypt representing almost 41% and 15% of COVID-19 positive cases respectively.

The South African perishable industry reported increased productions in most of the fruit types and grain commodities. The increased productions combined with good quality and phytosanitary standards has positively impacted both local market and export supply chains. However, the disruptions caused by COVID-19 throughout the value chain negatively impacted the industry.

Within SA, many businesses were terminated during the national lock down due to the inability to sustain and afford business ventures. This had resulted in increased numbers of unemployment, thus leaving many households in a state of helplessness.

Most SA airports were placed on lockdown resulting in no exports through these hubs. The only airport within SA permitted to operate international flights is OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng. The South African flower industries are in dire straits due to market closure and limited international flights. The main South African export market to Netherlands, flowers, was closed and reports indicate that this market is dumping their flowers. It has been reported that perishable airfreights have reduced by 40% and flowers by 60% across the globe.

Global trade is being slowed down by the sluggish recovery of China’s logistics sector from the pandemic. The initial build-up of containers at the Chinese ports has created logistical problems around the world, such as the availability of refrigerated containers used in sea freight, being drastically reduced. Within SA, the shipping lines had reported extremely low levels of refrigerated container stocks, which had a negative impact on agricultural and perishable exports. This problem was compounded by the growing number of staff at container depots testing positive for COVID-19 which further negatively impacted operations.

The South African seaports had remained operational during the pandemic. However, their human resources were negatively impacted resulting in low productivity and many hours of down time. One of the major container terminals in SA had reported that approximately 50% of staff were absent from work due to the pandemic. This had resulted in delays in vessels within SA and shipping lines adding a congestion surcharge to container shipments, further adding costs to the industry.

However, there have been some positives from the crisis:

  • A decrease in silo mentality within operations between all sectors, including Government and private industries.
  • An improvement in agility within organisations and re-purposing of operational and business models.
  • Business has conducted strategy reset exercises and reviewed growth and innovation platforms to be open to diversification, especially within the perishable industries
  • Business unusual prevails and the industries are now working in close collaboration
  • Working from home has become the latest trend within SA and many countries
  • Communication and information sharing drastically improved
  • An urgent drive to digitalise processes

Cool chain association to focus on practical solutions for a sustainable business future at third americas conference

Shippers to share insights at the two-day event Sustainability Matters in Los Angeles from 18th to 20th November 2019

Luxembourg, Thursday 31st October: Shippers will share insight into challenges facing the temperature-controlled supply chain at the Cool Chain Association (CCA)’s Americas Conference, Sustainability Matters, next month.

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and California-based berry shipper Driscoll’s, will join speakers from Air France KLM, Cargolux, and Able Freight, amongst others, for a two-day event focused on a people, profit, planet business model for a sustainable cool chain future.

Thought leaders and innovators from across the supply chain will share insight on new developments, and delegates will take part in a tour of facilities at Los Angeles International Airport, as well as a live demonstration of the Kold Kart, a temperature controlled air cargo dolly.

“The business landscape is rapidly changing, with technology bringing new opportunities, and evolving consumer and customer demands,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Cool Chain Association Chairman, and Cargolux Global Product Manager Pharma & Perishable.

“At the same time, there is a pressing need for us to address sustainability issues, from better caring for our environment, to ensuring a responsible and healthy future for our industry, and for the people who rely on it from first, to final mile.

“Our cool chain industry must ensure product integrity, learn from each other, collaborate, innovate, digitalise and share data to embrace the people, profit, planet framework and drive sustainable development for both pharma and perishables.”

The conference will cover the shippers’ perspective, innovation and new ideas, data sharing and transparency, standards and certification, challenging products, and packaging.

For more information and to join the event at the Belamar Hotel, Manhattan Beach, visit coolchain.org

Cool Chain Association gives shippers the voice to explore life changing final mile pharma solutions

Luxembourg Thursday 11th July 2019: Registration for the Cool Chain Association (CCA)’s Airfreight Pharma Conference has opened, promising a program that will shine a light on collaborative solutions to final mile challenges.

Sustainability and innovation will take centre stage, with topics ranging from the benefits of drones for the pharma chain, to learning from shippers about the importance of getting the cool chain right to help save infant lives.

Dr Radhika Batra, founder and President of Every Infant Matters, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) registered in India and dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children, will join the debate with Wolfgang Engel, Head of Competence Center Logistics, DQS, and Niels van Namen, Vice President Healthcare, UPS Europe.

Other panellists include Nourddin Odris, Head of Transport management Global Supply Chain, Roche, Agnes Turek, Project Manager Services, Bayer, and Navid Choudhury, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Planning, Novo Nordisk.

“Cool Chain partners are seeking new ways whereby stakeholder collaboration delivers a cost-effective, and high-quality service in a rapidly changing pharma landscape,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Global Product Manager, Cargolux and Chairman, CCA.

“We need new ways of working together to meet the growing demands of our pharma customers and ensure that when it comes to the last mile, we are part of the solution.

“There is a clear need for all stakeholders to investigate ways to collaborate and find solutions to make sure there is a successful end-to-end chain.

“Embracing new innovations and technology is at the forefront of the debate to help fix the problem.” The CCA event, at the Marriott, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris will include a mix of panel discussions, presentations, and debate, as well as round table discussions and networking opportunities.

Pharma handling expert Nicola Caristo new Cool Chain Association Secretary General

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Monday 3rd June 2019 – Nicola Caristo, Pharma & Business Development Manager – Auditing & Certification Manager for Alha Group, has been announced as the new Secretary General for the Cool Chain Association (CCA).

Caristo has worked in a variety of roles during a 22-year career for the Alha Group, one of Italy’s leading air cargo logistics providers.

He is also one of the 25 members of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) Time and Temperature Working Group, which develops and maintains standards for the transportation of healthcare goods.

“It is an honour to be appointed Secretary General of the Cool Chain Association,” said Caristo.

“I was keen to be involved as the Cool Chain Association already benefits from high visibility within the cargo industry.

“This means we can be influential when trying to reach the goal of establishing best practice in the transportation of pharma and perishables.”

Based at Milan Malpensa Airport, Italy, Caristo has previously focused on auditing roles that have ensured compliance with safety standards and environmental management.

More recently he has ensured that Alha’s services comply with IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification, which sets an industry standard for safe and secure handling of pharmaceutical products.

Caristo takes over from Edwin Kalischnig, who has served as Secretary General of the CCA for the last seven years.

Kalischnig is CEO of Xtreme Technologies, which provided the NFC loggers used in the recent CCA data sharing pilot, aimed at improving the supply chain and tackling food loss.

“We would like to thank Edwin for his tireless service and his energy and enthusiasm in helping us support our members,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman of the Cool Chain Association and Global Product Manager Healthcare and Perishables, Cargolux.

“It is also exciting for us to welcome Nicola, who is widely respected within the cargo industry and is arriving with a wealth of experience.”

Two new members, fruit and vegetable importers Fresh Partners BV, and manufacturers of thermo blankets Trip & Co have joined the CCA.

Elianne Kok, Account Manager, Trip & Co, and Puck and Fons Arents of Fresh Partners BV, attended the CCA’s Perishables Conference at Fresh Park Venlo, the Netherlands, last month.

CCA’s next event will be the Pharma and Biosciences Conference, taking place in Paris, 23rd-24th September 2019. For further details click here.

Nicola Caristo and members of the CCA Board will be available to speak to journalists at Air Cargo Europe in Messe München this week. To book an appointment please contact Emma Murray emma@meantime.global

Data sharing pilot demonstrates benefits of transparency for Cool Chain partners fighting food loss

Data sharing pilot demonstrates benefits of transparency for Cool Chain partners fighting food loss

Cool Chain Association members plan next stage of data sharing project after successful pilot and endorse new thinking and a change of culture

Venlo, The Netherlands, Wednesday 15th May 2019 – Cool Chain Association members last week shared temperature data from perishable consignments moving from Latin America to the Middle East, piloting a new scheme aimed at improving the supply chain and tackling food loss.

Five pallets of berries and avocados, were monitored from Guadalajara, in Mexico, to delivery in Kuwait, using loggers powered by secure Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Partners for the pilot included Cargolux, Able Freight, AirFrance KLM, SmartCAE and Xtreme Technologies.

“This has never been done before, said Edwin Kalischnig, outgoing Secretary General of the CCA and CEO of Xtreme Technologies, which provided the NFC loggers used in the pilot, working with Avery Dennison.

“Once we identify gaps, we can look at where we can improve, and that is how change happens.

“Establishing trust is important and I hope that together we make an impact, and this is the beginning of a journey towards less food waste.”

Temperature movements, including excursions, revealed by the pilot data will be analysed by Philippe Schuler, food waste campaigner with Too Good To Go, a free smartphone app which enables users to buy leftover food at the end of the day from retailers.

He presented preliminary findings with Edwin Kalischnig at the CCA’s Perishables Conference at Fresh Park Venlo, The Netherlands, yesterday.

“Forty percent of the food transported around the world [air, ocean, land] needs refrigeration and 20 percent of food loss is caused by a breakdown in the cool chain,” said Schuler.

“If you have the common objective of reducing food waste, you can achieve it, but we are not transparent across the cool chain and accountability is a problem.

“The CCA project is a starting point, and as we get more data, we will be able to be more scientific and look to develop best practices and solutions.”

Three NFC loggers were placed in an aircraft lower deck pallet during last week’s pilot scheme to measure the temperature at the top, bottom, and in the middle of each consignment.

Schuler and Kalischnig suggested data collected during the program could be analysed in the context of a metric called Degree-Hours, which takes temperature and time into consideration to give an absolute figure against which consignments on a given journey can be measured.

“This opens up a new way of working, where we are not pinpointing the excursion, but looking at the journey as a whole and developing solutions,” said Eric Mauroux, Director Verticals & Global Head of Perishable at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, and CCA Treasurer.

“When we talk about data sharing, often people approach it from the angle of transparency.

“In fact, it is also having an understanding that data creates value and it is up to each part of the cool chain to understand the value it brings to them.

“That could mean developing an adapted offer, or complying, or introducing traceability or increasing shelf life, for example.”

Andrea Gruber, Head-Special Cargo, International Air Transport Association (IATA) spoke to delegates about IATA’s new industry certification—the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) during the two-day event, which brought together members from across the cool supply chain to network and share best practice.

She said IATA was looking forward to continuing to get feedback, share ideas and work with the CCA as it develops CEIV Fresh.

“We have due diligence as an industry to make sure we can improve on reducing product loss in the cool supply chain,” she said.

“The CCA project is a good example of bringing everyone involved in perishable business together to find solutions.

“To ensure transparency a change of mindset is needed for all of us.

Let us all be very honest and not hypocritical as an industry so that we can work towards improvements and reliable partnerships.”

The CCA’s data sharing program is part of a focus by the group to deliver tangible benefits to members and to the industry to help drive improvements.

“Let us be the change,” Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman of the Cool Chain Association and Global Product Manager Healthcare and Perishables, Cargolux.

“If you really believe what you are doing and you want to be part of the change, do it, don’t wait for anyone.”

Xavier Ripoll, Sales and Marketing Director, Able Freight Service, which took part in the project agreed.

“Let’s work together on the problem, not parallel to the problem,” he said.”

The CCA will hold its next event, with a focus on the Pharmaceutical sector, in Paris, France in November.

For more information or to join CCA, contact sec@coolchain.org or visit coolchain.org

‘Too Good To Go’ has recently launched online free access Knowledge Hub, which includes information, facts and comment, on the issue of food waste.

Visit toogoodtogo.com/en/movement

Cool Chain Association members pilot data sharing initiative aimed at reducing food loss

Perishable consignments will be tracked on every stage of a cool chain trade lane to identify inefficiencies within the value chain.

Luxembourg Wednesday 27th March – Cool Chain Association (CCA) members will pilot a data sharing initiative to monitor perishable shipments on trade lanes from Latin America to Europe, and from the USA to the Middle East, in a bid to improve supply chain management and reduce food loss.

The pilot will involve tracking shipments of commodities such as avocados and berries from grower to consignee, with all members of the supply chain sharing data to identify Temperature Excursions and pinch points and working together to find solutions.

The data will be analysed by Food Loss and Waste Expert Philippe Schuler, and the results made available to the industry to demonstrate how collaboration can tangibly improve the cool supply chain.

Initial results will be discussed at the CCA’s Global Perishables Event at Fresh Park Venlo, The Netherlands, May 14th to 15th 2019.

“As we move along the supply chain, we will use the information in a proactive way so that everyone within the value chain can adjust their procedures to improve the cool chain together,” said Eric Mauroux, Director Verticals, Global Head of Perishables at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and CCA Treasurer.

“We all have pieces of information but there is no platform so far for sharing it and yet data sharing not only helps us improve but also helps create value.”

The pilot will start in April, with CCA members as well as growers and importers taking part to track the consignments.

“The data sharing will be based on information from recorders in the shipments and we will have the full coverage from the producer to the importer so that we can reconcile the temperature curve with the timeline of handling,” said Mauroux.

“You can spend hours writing processes, but when it comes to making it happen on the ground, the best way to asses if it is working is looking at time, temperature, and tolerance.

“Moving forward, we can test and suggest the platforms on which data is shared.”

The shipments will be monitored over a period of three months to give a sizeable body of data, which can be analysed to provide ideas for collaborative work flows to improve the cool chain.

The CCA is focused on reducing wastage and improving the quality, efficiency, and value of the temperature sensitive supply chain and has already worked on templates for global standards and certification projects for both perishables and pharmaceuticals.

“With a third of the world’s food going to waste, it is important that from grower to consumer, we all contribute to taking action,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Global Product Manager, Healthcare and Perishables, Cargolux and CCA Chairman.

“The freight industry can do its part, ensuring proper handling, and respecting temperature during storage, build up, and transportation.

“We can create value and have an impact on shelf life.”

The CCA holds two events a year, one focused on perishables, which this year takes place at Fresh Park Venlo, The Netherlands, on the 14th and 15th of May, and one on pharmaceuticals, which this year takes place in Paris, France, from the 24th to the 25th September.

To find out about attending the events or joining the Cool Chain Association, visit  coolchain.org

Last mile awareness is the new focus for Cool Chain Association with collaborative solutions debated at its pharma event

Last mile awareness, automation and data sharing will top the agenda at the 7th CCA Pharma and Biosciences Event in Paris in September 2019

Luxembourg, Wednesday 20th February 2019 – The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is placing the spotlight on collaborative solutions for a final fix in the pharma chain with a focus on innovation and data sharing at its 7th Pharma and Biosciences Conference in Paris, France, in September 2019.

Drones, automation, and digitisation will also top the agenda at the two-day conference, which brings together decision makers from across the global pharma supply chain.

“It takes 10,000 miles to reach the final one, and all too often that is when the cargo is compromised,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux and Chairman, Cool Chain Association.

“Without jeopardising what has been done prior to the shipment arriving at the final leg of its journey, we need to better investigate ways to collaborate and embrace innovative ideas to make sure we are working with our stakeholders to be part of the solution.

“This is important, not only to ensure we drive the high-quality cost-effective services they deserve, but also because we will be helping ensure that critical pharma supplies are successfully delivered to the end destination – to the patients who need it.”

CCA is aiming to team up with thought leaders from all parts of the supply chain, as well as stakeholders in charge of the last mile such as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and innovators with new solutions, including drones, to explore how they can work together to provide the infrastructure needed to ensure a successful end-to-end cool chain delivery.

“The conference will be part of an ongoing push to bring all stakeholders together and find new and better ways of working together,” said Edwin Kalischnig, Secretary General, CCA.

“Our vision is to contribute to making the world a better place by helping to improve the cool chain.”

CCA is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the temperature sensitive supply chain, in order to help reduce and prevent loss in the chain.

The Association holds two events a year, with one focussed on pharma and one on perishables.

This year’s perishables event will discuss strategies for reducing food waste and will take place in Venlo, the Netherlands in May 2019.

For more information on the 7th Pharma and Biosciences Event, contact Edwin at sec@coolchain.org

For more information on joining the Cool Chain Association, call +31 639837627, visit www.coolchain.org, or email sec@coolchain.org

Cool Chain partners must learn to share data to ensure secure pharma deliveries direct to the patient

Delegates at the Cool Chain Association (CCA) conference told to innovate ready for a new normal, which could see drivers also being nurses delivering vaccines.

Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, 26th September 2018 – Shippers and logistics suppliers must share information to build a more secure and efficient pharma supply chain, delegates at the Cool Chain Association (CCA) 6th Pharma and Biosciences Conference in Brussels, Belgium heard this week.

Cool chain partners must come out of their data silos to ensure the best service in a rapidly evolving pharma landscape, where patients expect tailored products to be delivered to their door, or even administered by a nurse.

“There will be a differentiated future – a much broader range of products, a natural split between the very cheap accessible products in the local supermarket and very personal products which are very high value,” said Niels van Namen, VP and Managing Director, Healthcare, Europe, UPS.

“There will be a much broader range of delivery channels, we are already delivering to the patient at home, and that can mean a nurse giving the injection.

“The new normal could be the delivery driver is also the nurse giving the injection.

“We need to have a physical infrastructure knitted together to make sure the product ends up with the patient, at home, at work, or in the hospital, safely, securely, and in the right condition.”

Pharma experts taking part in the two-day discussion all agreed that the cool chain was improving, but that fear of sharing information and embracing new ideas was an issue.“Each part of the chain is doing much better in its own area, but the chain is not there yet, we are not good at sharing information,” said pharma logistics expert Yoram Eshel.

“Information must be shared between regulators, pharma agencies, forwarders, and all parts of the supply chain so that everyone can learn and improve.

“My message is do not be afraid to share information.

“The pharma industry together with all logistics stakeholders need to work hand in hand in order to improve product integrity and patient health and safety.”

Sessions at the CCA event also focused on facilities, insurance, security, and the benefits of the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification.

Delegates agreed that increasing demands from regulators would force the cool chain industry’s hand to adopt certification as a “need to have, not a nice to have”.

Shippers in the audience said certification was already part of their process when choosing a lane.

“You also have to start with a proper facility and with training,” said Rinzing Wangyal, VP Planning North America, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS).

“It is important that we are transparent just as the disruptors are and we should learn from them.”

“Within three or four years all the paper will be gone, and we should focus on this and not fight against e-cargo.

“E-commerce is going to give us a lot of opportunities and ideas, and now is the time for us all to work together and work with them.”

Cool Chain Association Chairman Stavros Evangelakakis said the focus should also be on the last mile, especially in developing countries.

“As an industry, starting from the shipper all the way to the patient we should also think about the challenges faced by the people delivering on the last mile through jungles and up mountains,” he said.

“There are thousands of preventable deaths of infants under five years old every day and we should be part of the solution.”

CCA hosts two events a year, with one focused on perishables and one on pharma issues.

This week’s event was organised by Eva International Media.


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