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The Cool Chain Association Welcomes two new Board Members and appoints Vijan Chetty as Treasurer

The CCA has appointed Vijan Chetty, General Manager, Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) as its new Treasurer, and two new Board members as it commits to new projects.

Natalie Niers, Chief Operating Officer, Validaide, and Ian Buck, Head of Business Development, AEROTUF have joined the CCA Board.

Gerton Hulsman, Commercial Director, Energy in Process, has been elected as an Advisory Board member.

“We are committing to new projects to drive quality in the temperature-controlled supply chain and our new Board members bring decades of experience in the sector and a new enthusiasm to help us do just that,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman CCA, and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux Airlines.

“Our Board now includes experts from across the supply chain, which will help us understand challenges, as well as a new perspective on solutions to improve the cool chain.”

CCA Board members will be driving new CCA Working Groups focused on initiatives including a project comparing air with sea transportation driven by PPECB, as well as programmes working with Pharma.aero and Cargo iQ.

Chetty has over 25 years of experience working in the temperature-controlled supply chain, which has included operational roles, as well as senior management with the PPECB.

He was elected to the CCA Board in 2018 and has led a series of initiatives for the Association, including setting up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the PPECB and the CCA, resulting in the development of a perishables best practice video based on key findings from monitoring perishables shipping lanes from farm to fork.

Niers has over 20 years’ supply chain experience, including with Nike and Bier and Co, where she witnessed first-hand the risks of product waste during transportation.

“By joining the CCA Board, I aim to help  increase collaboration across different parties in the supply chain in a neutral environment to look at how we can work together to ensure less wastage in temperature controlled pharma and perishable shipments.

“Given my background, I hope to help create practical and operational examples and processes to increase the quality and efficiency of the temperature-controlled supply chain.”

Buck has over 20 years’ experience of working in packaging in the cool supply chain, including at Sonoco Thermosafe and at SCA Cool Logistics.

“My aim is to couple my experience across a variety of perishable markets and verticals, with an in-depth knowledge of temperature protection, control and monitoring products to drive collaboration and innovation within our membership, and to a wider audience in this space”.

Hulsman has 35 years’ experience in the air cargo industry, including 12 years as Managing Director of the cargo subsidiaries of Cologne-Bonn and Dusseldorf Airport, Germany.

CCA Board members are the driving force behind the Association, overseeing projects that will help reduce food waste and improve the quality of the temperature-controlled supply chain.

Chetty replaces Miguel Rodriguez as Treasurer, who is stepping down from the CCA Board to pursue academic interests.

To view the best practice video, click here.

MSC Air Cargo joins Cool Chain Association

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has welcomed MSC Air Cargo to its growing membership of companies working together to improve the temperature-controlled supply chain.

CCA members collaborate on initiatives to drive quality and innovation in the cool chain, with the vision of helping to reduce food loss and improve the pharmaceuticals supply chain.

The Association has recently launched a best practice video for perishables based on key findings from recent trials by CCA Board member the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), and is planning to pilot similar trials in the pharmaceutical sector.

“As a member of CCA, we are partnering with leaders in the cold chain to collaboratively address challenges and drive innovation.

“MSC Air Cargo will be contributing to the community surrounding quality and value in the temperature-controlled supply chain” said Joern Roehl, Head of Products, Quality and Transformation, MSC Air Cargo.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is a global leader in transportation and logistics, privately owned and founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte.

As one of the world’s leading container shipping lines, MSC has 675 offices across 155 countries worldwide with almost 200,000 employees. With access to an integrated network of road, rail, air, and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe, the company prides itself on delivering global service with local knowledge.

“CCA members continue to work together to find new ways to improve the temperature-controlled supply chain, and MSC Air Cargo brings immense knowledge and experience to help us achieve those goals,“ said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA.

“We are confident that we will benefit, not only from MSC Air Cargo’s great insight but also its high profile to encourage others collaborate with the CCA in its pursuit of greater efficiencies throughout the cool chain.”

CCA will hold its next meeting in Luxembourg in April, where new members will be voted onto the Board.

Pharma.Aero and Cool Chain Association sign MoU to harmonise perishable and pharmaceutical shipping processes

Pharma.Aero, a cross-industry collaboration platform for life science logistics, has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Cool Chain Association (CCA), an industry association specialising in temperature-controlled logistics, to harmonise pharmaceutical and perishable cold chain processes.

The MoU outlines the associations’ shared commitment to foster collaboration and enhance transparency between the life science and perishable supply chain.

“Our partnership with Pharma.Aero is born out of a shared goal to improve the quality and safety of the cool supply chain,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA Chairman of the Board and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux.

“We believe that we can achieve so much more through cross-industry collaboration than we ever could working independently in silos.”

Pharma.Aero and the CCA will collaborate on projects to review and recommend new industry processes and guidelines.

“By promoting harmonious processes across perishables and pharma we hope to facilitate a holistic and sustainable approach to air cargo, highlighting where the industry can simplify operations with better handling, reduce waste with improved data visibility, and increase profits with more efficient processes,” said Nicola Caristo, CCA Secretary General and Senior Quality Manager, SkyCell AG.

The associations are looking to compare critical control points identified in the CCA’s perishable trials with those recognised by Pharma.Aero in the pharmaceutical supply chain, using IATA’s CEIV Pharma and Fresh certifications as benchmarks to identify shared standards for improving the cold chain.

“We are excited about the prospect of joint industry projects that will not only drive advancements but also set new benchmarks for industry collaboration,” said Trevor Caswell, Chairman, Pharma.Aero.

“By joining forces, we aim to leverage our collective expertise to address the evolving challenges in the life science temperature-controlled logistics.”

Pharma.Aero is a collaborative platform with over 70 Life Science and MedTech manufacturers and cargo pharma-certified communities, working to enhance the industry through research and insights on emerging trends.

“Collaboration between associations is an important element in the strategic development and exponential growth of Pharma.Aero,” said Frank Van Gelder, Secretary General, Pharma.Aero.

“By reaching out to our different industry colleagues, we assure joined focus and drive to bring the best to the industry.”

The news follows the CCA’s launch of a pharmaceutical trial in partnership with its member, Lamprecht Pharma Logistics AG, to identify pain points in the pharmaceutical supply chain and optimise performance.

Calling All Cool Chain Association Members: Your Input Drives Innovation

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has a proud history of making strides in the cold chain industry. Behind this is our members, who are the CCA’s greatest strength. We’re inviting you, our dedicated community of industry professionals, to be proactive in steering our initiatives towards

greater success.

Here’s a breakdown of how you can get involved and make a real impact:

1. Suggest New Trials and Initiatives

If you’ve got innovative ideas for trials or projects that could improve how we handle goods in the cool chain, we want to hear them. Whether it’s a new approach to temperature control, a better tracking system, or smart packaging solutions, your ideas can drive real change in our industry.

2. Share Your Industry Insights

You all bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Don’t keep it to yourself! Share your practical insights, best practices, and lessons learned. Your experiences can help others in the complex world of cold supply chains.

3. Collaborate with the CCA’s Technical Committee

Our Technical Committee plays a crucial role in many of our projects. They work hard to develop and implement new strategies, technologies, and best practices. But they can’t do it alone. Your active participation can provide valuable guidance.

4. Highlight Challenges and Opportunities

If you’ve faced challenges or spotted opportunities that you believe the CCA should address, reach out. Your input can shape our agenda and ensure we focus on the issues that matter most to you.

5. Embrace the Power of Community

Remember, the CCA isn’t just an organisation; it’s a community of professionals committed to excellence in cold supply chains. Together, we can achieve more than any one of us can on our own.

So, please get in touch with us, share your ideas, and let us know how we can support your projects. Your engagement and contributions are what make the CCA strong. Your involvement isn’t just welcome; it’s essential. Let’s continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the cold supply chain industry, together.

Get in touch via cca@meantime.global.

Member Spotlight: SkyCell AG on Sustainable Pharma Transport

Nicola Caristo, Senior Quality Manager and Secretary General of the Cool Chain Association, and Chiara Venuti, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships, both from SkyCell AG, recently shed light on the sustainable challenges facing the pharmaceutical supply chain and the innovative technologies that are helping to address these challenges in a presentation at Airfreight Pharma.

SkyCell serves pharmaceutical supply chains with temperature-controlled hybrid containers and advanced technological solutions which are designed to safeguard the integrity of medicines, as well as protect the environment.

Sustainability: A Top Priority for Pharma

Sustainability has taken a prominent place on the pharmaceutical industry’s strategic agenda as the sector acknowledges its role in contributing to environmental challenges. When it comes to transportation, the numbers are stark: a single pharmaceutical transport can be responsible for emitting up to 8 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), equivalent to the emissions from driving four cars for an entire year.

In their presentation ‘Packaging Solutions’, Caristo and Venuti emphasised several key strategies for optimising the sustainability of air-freight pharmaceutical transport:

Choose the Right Pharma Container: Selecting the appropriate container foryour pharmaceutical product and shipment size is crucial. SkyCell offers temperature-controlled hybrid containers that are not only efficient but also environmentally friendly.

Maximise Space: Make the most of the available space within your pharmaceutical container. This minimises the need for additional transports and reduces emissions.

Optimise Pallet Size: Align the pallet size with the pharma container size to eliminate wasted space and enhance efficiency.

Embrace Loose-Loading: Whenever possible, opt for loose-loading to maximise container space and reduce the need for additional shipments.

Forge Partnerships: Collaborate with partners and stakeholders to reduce empty transports, thereby cutting down on unnecessary emissions.

Consider Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF): Transitioning to SAF can result in an 80% reduction in emissions compared to traditional aviation fuels. By using SAF and implementing other sustainable practices, companies can work toward completely eliminating the remaining emissions from air-freight logistics.

A Sustainable Future for Pharma Transport:

Caristo and Venuti highlighted that the pharmaceutical industry’s journey toward sustainability is gaining momentum. By optimising air-freight pharmaceutical transport, choosing the right containers, and embracing sustainable practices like SAF, the industry can look forward to a future where pharmaceutical supply chains are both efficient and environmentally responsible.

Collaboration is key to an efficient cool chain

During a joint interview held at the Airfreight Pharma Conference in Athens, Pharma.Aero and the Cool Chain Association (CCA) underscored the pressing need for increased collaboration within the industry. This spirit of cooperation was demonstrated by their co-hosted afternoon at Airfreight Pharma on Thursday, September 21st.

Power of the many

“Attempting to implement change in the cool chain as individual actors can seem, and often is, exceedingly difficult to achieve. The success of our industry is dependent on each actor working together effectively, and this same network should be used to improve the cool chain,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA, and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux.

“We believe that leveraging the collective knowledge of the industry is key to successfully enhancing the efficiency, productivity, and resilience of the cool chain.”

The CCA facilitates such collaboration through its Technical Committee. Most recently, CCA member PPECB worked with the committee to develop and run a series of trials tracking pain points across perishables shipments. Data from these trials has been used to create a training video to assist the air freight industry in understanding complex problems from farm to consumer.  

“By partnering with Pharma.Aero at Airfreight Pharma the CCA hopes to demonstrate that collaboration between associations is the next step in driving large-scale research trials with stakeholders across the supply chain.

“We look forward to working more closely with Pharma.Aero in the future,” said Evangelakakis.

Learnings from the pandemic

“The pandemic was one of the first global examples in recent decades that proved we can’t solve a crisis unless we start collaborating outside our company and nation borders,” said Frank Van Gelder, Secretary General, Pharma.Aero.

Post-COVID, boundaries between different industries have become increasingly blurred, contributing to cross-industry exchange of knowledge and experiences which increases growth, innovation, and sustainable success. This collaborative community facilitates access to specialised expertise and resources, contributing to the fast acceleration of innovation and fuelling a culture of creativity. 

Cross-industry collaboration

For Pharma.Aero fostering collaboration is not a new idea, it has been embedded in the association’s vision, mission, and strategy from the beginning.

“As a non-profit platform we have, over the years, brought several Pharmaceutical and Medtech manufacturers together with different airfreight stakeholders,” said Van Gelder.

“In 2021 we focused on inviting academics to help Pharma.Aero create a Pharma logistics ecosystem for both research and business that serves the industry by providing content through different projects.”

Both the CCA and Pharma.Aero are focused on working with academics and researchers to ensure their associations represent a wide range of professionals. These cross-industry partnerships create rich and truly neutral ecosystems that benefit the airfreight industry, and ultimately the end-to-end synchro-modal.

While cross-industry collaboration might seem easy, Van Gelder asserts that “over the years we have learned that it takes hard work to make it happen.”

Future-proofing the industry

“We at Pharma.Aero are convinced that you are as strong as your own limitations of thinking. Therefore, we embrace collaboration in order to approach different future challenges such as sustainability from different angles, as only then will we have a chance to succeed,” said Van Gelder.

“Sustainability has become a humanitarian problem and it is a confronting example that only by collaborating can we stand stronger.”

Airfreight Pharma

During this year’s Airfreight Pharma conference, the Cool Chain Association and Pharma.Aero co-presented a seminar on “Building pharmaceutical supply chain ecosystems: Challenge and opportunity.” They emphasised the value of partnerships between organisations like the CCA and Pharma.Aero in addressing shared supply chain challenges and expressed their intent to enhance their collaborative efforts moving forward.

Cool Chain Association releases perishables best practice video and launches new pharma trial

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) launched a best practice video for perishables handling at Airfreight Pharma today (21st September), based on key findings from recent trials by CCA member Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB).

The educational video presents learnings from PPECB’s two perishables trials, which examined pain points in the transportation of raspberries and cut flowers from South Africa to the UK and Europe, and advises optimal handling procedures to protect product integrity and maximise shelf-life.

With these key objectives in mind, the video explores various stages of the perishables chain, highlighting good agricultural practices, requirements surrounding fresh air ventilation and taint, and recommendations for thermal protection of perishable products, including cartons, packaging, and labelling.

The guidance also covers optimal aircraft loading and transport procedures, and cold storage and pre-cooling of perishable products, offering advice on specific temperatures found to be optimal during trials.

“We have taken the results of our recent flower and raspberry trials and put them into a practical format to enable the entire industry to benefit from these learnings,” said Vijan Chetty, CCA Board Director and General Manager, PPECB at Airfreight Pharma.

“By adopting these optimal practices, the industry can hope to address the vast waste that occurs in the perishables supply chain.”

Following the success of its perishables trials and resulting best practice video, the CCA believes further research and trials are called for.

The CCA announced that it will partner with member Lamprecht Pharma Logistics AG (Lamprecht) to launch a new trial following pharmaceuticals shipments.

“Lamprecht Pharma Logistics will head up a pharmaceuticals trial with the CCA to track the most critical parts of the pharmaceutical supply chain, identifying pain points to further optimise performance,” said Felix Johannes, Commercial Representative Operations, Lamprecht.

The new trial will launch in the fourth quarter of 2023.

To view the best practise video, click here.

 

(Left to right) Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA, and Global Product Manager, Cargolux Airlines; Felix Johannes, Commercial Representative Operations, Lamprecht; Vijan Chetty, CCA Board Director and General Manager, PPECB.

(Left to right) Vijan Chetty, CCA Board Director and General Manager, PPECB; Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA and Global Product Manager, Cargolux Airlines; Fabrizio Iacobacci, CCA Board Director andChief of Innovation and Operations Officer, BCUBE Air Cargo Spa; Miguel Rodríguez Moreno, CCA Treasurer and Head of Cargo Products, Qatar Airways.

Cool Chain Association welcomes two new members ahead of Airfreight Pharma

Switzerland-based Lamprecht Pharma Logistics and France-based Logfret have become the latest members to join the Cool Chain Association (CCA).

Lamprecht Pharma Logistics, a logistics solution provider for pharmaceuticals, and Logfret, an international freight forwarding company offering digital solutions, both have a dedicated focus on optimising cool chain solutions within their supply chains.

“Lamprecht Pharma Logistics and Logfret bring a wealth of experience in managing cold chain risk which aligns with the CCA’s mission to improve the temperature-controlled supply chain,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA.

“They have joined us at an exciting time with our organisation spearheading Technical Committee projects and bringing to life events that have been in the pipeline, to make greater strides within the industry.

“We look forward to taking our collaboration with them to the next level.”

Logfret has developed a digital freight solution, NEOLink, that allows its users to request and receive multiple rate quotes, track shipments online, analyse metrics, and view inventory in real time.

“By joining the CCA, Logfret envisions that the capabilities of NEOLink, Logfret, and other members will create a harmonious future through like-minded contributions to the industry, with the aligned goal of creating a more sustainable world,” said Marc Millet, CEO, Logfret.

Lamprecht Pharma Logistics offers comprehensive logistics solutions, including good distribution practice (GDP) warehousing, ambient and cool chain solutions, global GDP freight services by air, truck, sea, and courier, as well as data logger management.

“We believe that improving the supply chain and focusing on our environmental impact can only happen through mutual exchange and collaboration,” said Gian Alessi,  Managing Director, Lamprecht Pharma Logistics.

“It is through the CCA that we hope to contribute our part towards a better society.“

Together with member PPECB, the CCA recently contributed to an outline of best handling practices of perishables off the back of a trial tracking fresh raspberries from a South African farm to supermarkets in the UK.

Later in the year, the CCA will be hosting a panel session at Airfreight Pharma, taking place in Athens, Greece, from the 20th to the 22nd September.

The conference will bring together stakeholders across the Pharma industry to discuss and share insights around best handling procedures of pharmaceutical products.

 

 

Cool Chain Association identifies avoidable supply chain pain points in its second tracking trial of perishables

The Cool Chain Association (CCA)’s second tracking trial of perishables undertaken by its member the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) has identified significant areas where action can be taken to reduce food loss.

PPECB tracked consignments of raspberries, which have a very low shelf life, from South Africa to the UK as part of an ongoing project with the CCA to identify pain points in the cool supply chain in order to develop best handling practices for perishables.

Results announced at the CCA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) today suggest that the cut-to-cool time, taken to bring the berries down to a temperature of around 5 ̊C, should be reduced to within 60 minutes of harvest to better maintain berry quality during storage.

In addition the trial indicated that a lower air temperature of 0 ̊C rather than the current 2 ̊C should be used for blast cooling.

Owing to their highly limited shelf-life, raspberries can only be transported by airfreight, but their delicate nature makes them prone to damage en route.

The goal of the trial is to optimise produce quality in the market by adapting current handling processes and bringing airfreight cold chain management protocols up to the same standard as those for sea freight.

The trial followed an export of raspberries from a farm in Cape Town, South Africa, where some 85 percent of raspberries are produced for the export market, to the United Kingdom.

“Approximately 30 percent of all berry exports from South Africa to market have quality defects,” said Vijan Chetty, General Manager, PPECB and Board of Director, CCA.

“In order to mitigate this food loss, we need further research and trials into how handling practices can be optimised.

“The results of our two trials have already highlighted several actionable measures that can be taken to protect product integrity and our continued research will help the CCA to hone a best practise framework to prevent spoilage and waste in the perishables supply chain,” said Chetty.

The trial assessed a number of factors including the quality of raspberries on the farm, temperature management throughout the trade lane, handling processes, and a final quality evaluation on arrival at the end destination.

Temperature fluctuations in the packhouse, in flight, and at the destination handling facility, while unavoidable, should be significantly reduced in duration to further minimise the incidence of quality defects.

Future research will see timed temperature tolerance trials performed to determine the duration of exposure to a particular temperature beyond which berry quality and shelf life are compromised.

Additional investigation to measure the internal temperature of the fruit, which changes more rapidly than external air temperature, may also be conducted, as well as deeper research into handling protocol upon arrival.

In March, the CCA was involved in a similar perishables study with the PPECB, monitoring the farm-to-table export of cut flowers from South Africa to Europe.

CCA’s next event will be as part of the Airfreight Pharma event in Athens, Greece from the 5th to the 7th of September.

PPECB’s in-house research department, which analyses quality and food safety standards is working with CCA to develop a body of data to be used to suggest best practices for the perishables supply chain.

COOL CHAIN ASSOCIATION LOOKS FOR SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE PERISHABLES SHELF LIFE USING TRIALS TRACKING EXPORTS FROM FARM TO TABLE

The Cool Chain Association plans to draft a best practice handling procedure for perishables based on a series of trials tracking perishables exports from farm to table or vase undertaken by CCA partner the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB).

A PPECB pilot trial monitoring cut flower exports from South Africa to Europe traveling last month, has already highlighted the impact of temperature excursions on vase life, according to Vijan Chetty, CCA Board Member and General Manager, PPECB.

The trial was conducted in collaboration with Arnelia Farms, a South African wholesale flower nursery and exporter, and tracked Sunshine Conebush flower consignments packed on-farm near Hopefield in the Western Cape province of South Africa and travelling to destinations in the Netherlands and Germany.

“Trials over the past few years have focused primarily on the final mile of a specific trade lane,” said Chetty, speaking at the Air Cargo Africa Event in Johannesburg, South Africa, last week.

“We will be looking at farm to table or vase across a trade lane, and not only focusing on monitoring the temperature of the product, but also aiming to identify all areas where shelf life could be influenced, including, for example, post-harvest practices, packaging and palletisation, and the functionality of cold storage.”

CCA, which recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the PPECB, will be reviewing the research trials, analysing the activities of stakeholders within the value chain, and identifying possible risk areas, in order to draft a best practice handling procedure for perishable products.

“The handling procedure can be used to train staff to mitigate risks and increase the vase life of flowers and the shelf life of other perishables,” said Chetty.

“The CCA is looking for implementable solutions that the industry can easily initiate.”

The PPECB pilot trial used air temperature loggers on two consignments sent two days apart to monitor variations in cold chain conditions.

Flower consignments were packed in boxes and palletised on-farm, then loaded on a refrigerated truck before taking a two-hour journey to the courier service provider.

The consignments were exported the next day to Europe.

Results showed that mean temperatures reached 10.4°c and 9.3°c for the two consignments, considerably higher than the 5°c recommended for cut flowers.

Although the flowers arrived in acceptable condition, vase life will have been affected by this temperature excursion.

“Quality handling practices and cool chain management are an integrated process that cannot be reviewed in isolation and this trial already shows that post-harvest handling and the first mile of every product plays an important role in determining a product’s quality,” said Chetty.

“Future PPECB trials will also include a focus on the final mile of the product from when the consumer makes the purchase and takes it home.”

PPECB will now undertake trials to include other fast moving perishable items such as berries, and will move on to compare the cool chain, shelf life, and quality of commodities moved by air versus sea.

“CCA members are focused on collaborating to find tangible ways of improving the quality of the temperature-controlled supply chain,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA Chair and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux.

“By working with the PPECB on the results of their trials, we can go one step further in helping the industry to reduce perishables waste.”

CCA’s recent initiatives include the establishment of a Technical Committee to drive projects, which will benefit the cool supply chain, including a Risk Management project and a trial of a new perishables label.

The PPECB provides quality certification and cold chain management services for perishable food products intended for export from the Republic of South Africa and has its own in-house research department, analysing quality and food safety standards.

To take part in a Technical Committee project, or to join the CCA, go to coolchain.org.

COOL CHAIN ASSOCIATION WELCOMES FOUR NEW MEMBERS AS IT APPOINTS MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ AS TREASURER

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has welcomed Brussels Airport, Boeing, SATS, and Validaide as members and appointed Miguel Rodríguez, Senior Manager Climate Control Products, Qatar Airways, as Treasurer.

The Association, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, continues to grow with the vision of facilitating and enabling collaboration, education, and innovation in the temperature-sensitive supply chain amongst its members.

“CCA is focused on finding new ways to collaborate and back initiatives that deliver tangible results,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, Cool Chain Association.

“Our ideas are striking a chord with the industry, and we are pleased to welcome our four new members as part of our movement for change.”

Boeing has been working closely with CCA members and recently participated in the CCA’s Pharma Event in Athens, Greece, presenting a case study on the performance of its aircraft’s temperature-controlled capabilities for a consignment of flowers from South America to Europe.

“Boeing is committed to enhancing sustainability in Aviation and is enthusiastic about the opportunity for multiple Boeing organisations, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes – Advanced Concepts, Boeing Research & Technology – Applied Innovation, and Boeing Global Services to work more closely with the CCA and its member companies to achieve their shared goal of making the Cold Chain more sustainable,” said Aaron Black, Strategy Principal, Boeing.

Brussels Airport has re-joined the CCA after a short hiatus to support the organisation’s new drive to deliver programs with tangible results.

Sam Quintelier, Cargo Business Development Manager at Brussels Airport, attended the CCA’s AGM and Perishables event in Rome, Italy earlier this year to demonstrate the airport’s new Perishable Management App developed to tackle wastage, and increase transparency between airline cargo handlers, freight forwarders and authorities.

“Brussels Airport has decided to re-join the CCA as there is a need for more collaboration between stakeholders within the supply chain, specifically for fresh produce. Fresh produce and flowers do not always get the attention they deserve, and Brussels Airport wants to contribute in a positive way to improve that. We believe that the only way to handle these products more efficiently is by working together, so with the CCA we can make a difference,” said Quintelier.  

SATS is the chief ground handling and in-flight catering service provider at Singapore Changi Airport and has developed a Cargo Terminal Network that spans over 10 major locations, such as Hong Kong and Dammam, harnessing innovation, technologies, and talents to feed and connect communities in over 60 locations and 14 countries across the Asia Pacific, UK and the Middle East.

Validaide was founded in 2016 to support the logistics industry with digital solutions for lane risk assessments and supplier qualification.

“The CCA and Validaide share the same vision on the importance of collaboration, education, and innovation in the cold chain industry,” said Eelco De Jong, Co-founder and Managing Director, Validaide.

“It is important for us to remain engaged in data exchange and digital collaboration, having more than 1000 logistics providers on the Validaide platform. The planning of cold chain shipments requires significant information sharing, collaboration, documentation, and decision making across multiple companies. With Validaide we digitise this process for the benefit of all stakeholders, and we look forward to further accelerating this process in partnership with the CCA and its members.”

New treasurer Miguel Rodríguez brings over a decade of experience in air transport including senior roles in the temperature-controlled supply chain at Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

“I take on this new challenge to further support the CCA in its mission to continue growing its membership base, attracting talented individuals who want to deliver and contribute to new projects, and providing the industry with solutions and guidance on cool chain transportation”, said Rodríguez.

He replaces Eric Mauroux, Founder and CEO of FreshBizDev, who has served as treasurer since 2018.

“CCA would like to take this opportunity of thanking Eric for his commitment and hard work over the last few years,” said Evangelakakis.

“We wish him the best for his FreshBizDev business and look forward to working with him again soon.”

CCA is currently looking for members to join its Board of Directors.

To find out more and apply, contact Ebele at cca@meantime.global.

Cool Chain Association celebrates its 20th anniversary and signs MoU with Perishable Products Export Control Board

 The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary and entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), which will see collaboration into research initiatives about airfreight of perishables.

CCA was established in 2002 to encourage collaboration in the temperature-controlled supply chain industry in order to reduce food loss and waste in the perishables sector as well as benefiting the pharma community.

The MoU, signed at the CCA’s Airfreight Pharma Event, means that CCA and the PPECB will collaborate on analysing research initiatives into perishable exports by air from South Africa.

“CCA is in a unique position to act as a neutral platform for all sectors in the temperature-controlled supply chain to collaborate on tangible initiatives,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, CCA, and Head of Global Healthcare, Cargolux Airlines.

“Our community is celebrating its 20th anniversary at a time when it is more vital than ever to come together to make a difference.

“We are proud that our members continue to do just that and are driving new ideas that will have a lasting legacy.”

CCA’s recent initiatives include the establishment of a Technical Committee to drive projects, which will benefit the cool supply chain, including a Risk Management project and a trial of a new perishables label.

The PPECB provides for the control of perishable products intended for export from the Republic of South Africa and has its own in-house research department, analysing quality and food safety standards.

“The primary aim of the research is to identify gaps in the airfreight value chain and discuss possible mitigation measures with CCA and the airfreight industry at large,” said Vijan Chetty, Board Member, CCA, and General Manager, PPECB.

“The aim is to strengthen standards and educate the role players in the airfreight industry.”

CCA has been steadily growing its membership over the last few months and is planning a new perishables conference for next year.

“Having had the honour of kicking off the creation of the association at TIACA’s Bilbao Air Cargo Forum, I am delighted to wish the Cool Chain Association a very Happy 20th Anniversary,” said Ram Menen, one of the founders of the CCA.

“It has been a real pleasure to watch this association bloom and go from strength to strength and I wish them continued success in the years to come.”

To find out more about joining CCA or taking part in a project for the Technical Committee, contact Ebele Nwakude at cca@meantime.global.

To find out more about the PPECB, visit ppecb.com.

CCA AGM presentation highlights in Rome, Italy – 6th July 2022

The Cool Chain Association held its AGM in Rome on the 6th July 2022, attracting key industry leaders to share their latest reports and updates within the cool chain and logistics industry.

The event attracted speakers from Brussels Airport, Challenge Group, Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) and Tive Inc.

A summary of the highlights from the event are presented below.

Brussels Airport’s new Perishable Management app to reduce waste and deliver transparency

Sam Quintelier, Cargo Business Development Manager, Brussels Airport attended CCA’s AGM to demonstrate the new Perishable Management App developed to tackle wastage, and increase transparency between airline cargo handlers, freight forwarders and authorities.

The main benefits of the app include a streamlined document exchange, real time tracking and clear and customisable overview of all shipments.

Challenge Group presents new label for Perishables shipments trial results

The results of Challenge Group’s new perishables shipments label test, detailing both commodity and temperature readings for packaging perishables shipments, were presented by Israel Amsterdamer, Vertical & Project Operation Manager, CAL Cargo Airlines.

Feedback was largely positive from both handlers and warehouse operators who trialled the new label for perishables shipments between Belgium and Israel.

“Challenge Group and CCA see the bigger picture – solving a very real problem, saving costs in the long run, and playing an important part in stopping food loss.” said Israel Amsterdamer.

The benefits of the new labelling initiative, focussing on reducing waste and increasing efficiency, are key to the CCA’s vision.

Lucien Jansen, CEO, PPECB shares his insights about the Perishables industry and digitisation

Lucien Jansen, CEO of Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB), South Africa’s official perishable produce export certification agency, was warmly welcomed to the AGM.

Lucien gave an update on the function of the PPECB, its challenges, ongoing plans and digitalisation programme.

He emphasised the importance of patience when implementing internal change, outlining the need to weigh up the benefits of digitalisation against initial resistance and set up costs.

Brice Marion explains how Tive brings tangible change to the supply chain industry with its real-time visibility trackers

Brice Marion, Sales Director of CCA’s latest member Tive presented informed delegates of the benefits of end-to-end visibility of shipments with the use of Tive’s trackers and cloud platform to give real-time updates on location, condition, and security of products.

Brice focussed on the importance of combining the past, present and future when analysing a shipments journey in order to mitigate damage and loss.

Tive brings its expertise in real-time visibility to bridge the gap in supply chain transparency and reduce waste, in line with CCA’s core objective.

Chiara Venuti, Skycell spoke on the importance of a stronger female presence in logistics and plans to shake up representation on the CCA board

Chiara Venuti, Business Development Director and Airline Partner, Skycell, described the need for greater female representation at Pharma events.

Chiara described the continued lack of diversity in the industry and how this represented both an anachronistic approach and a missed opportunity.

COOL CHAIN ASSOCIATION MEMBER CHALLENGE GROUP COMPLETES FIRST TECHNICAL COMMITTEE PROJECT TRIALLING NEW LABEL FOR PERISHABLES

Members ofCool Chain Association (CCA) Technical Committee Programme have completed the first stage of a project to trial a new label for perishables shipments, driven by Challenge Group.

The results were discussed at the CCA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Perishables event last week in Rome, Italy, where a launch Risk Management Programme tracking asparagus consignments was also announced.

The label trial, undertaken by handlers and warehouse operators, tested the benefits of using a new label, including details of both commodity and temperature requirements on packaging for perishables shipments between Belgium and Israel over the last three months.

Under current regulations for perishables shipments, commodity must be indicated on packaging, but temperature range is either not indicated or indicated on a second label, potentially leading to temperature deviation errors.

“During both acceptance and storage, the new label helped avoid temperature deviations, as well as avoiding time-consuming activities such as checking documents,” said Israel Amsterdamer, Vertical Operations Manager, Challenge Group, who project-managed the trial.

“Feedback from participants was largely positive, but there were concerns around the costs involved in developing the new labels and additional implications related to the revision of the process flow.

“Challenge Group and CCA see the bigger picture – solving a very real problem, saving costs in the long run, and playing an important part in stopping food loss.”

The trial was the first milestone completed under the CCA’s Technology Committee Programme, which is part of a broader project to facilitate perishable identification and handling, with the mission to improve quality in the cool supply chain.

“With this trial we have started a process to explore a solution to a specific problem and we will now move onto next steps to further align industry best practices and stakeholder needs with international requirements and legislation” said Nicola Caristo, Secretary General of the CCA and Senior Quality Manager, SkyCell.

“CCA is perfectly placed to drive this sort of project because we are a neutral platform involving all stakeholders.

“We want to move away from a top-down approach and instead encourage collaboration to drive change.”

Within the ongoing CCA Risk Management project, the decision to continue with the analysis of different trade lanes and products and in particular with the transportation of asparagus was also announced at the meeting by CCA Board Member Eric Mauroux.

CCA’s Risk Management Committee members, who include Able Freight, TIVE, Nature’s Pride, SMARTCAE and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will plan and test the movement of asparagus from Peru and the USA to Europe, initially in a virtual environment.

This will be followed by a real-time trial, with the results of both trials analysed to provide practical suggestions for improving the cool chain for asparagus.

“We must free up financial resources, invest, stop asking each other which one of us is going to pay for improvement and instead look at overall costs and potential gains,” said Mauroux.

“CCA wants to offer solutions that are workable in the real world and not only theories to be talked about.

“With this project, we aim to show that it makes sense for stakeholders to invest in order to make gains in terms of shelf life and to reduce wastage.”

Delegates at the AGM also heard an update about Board member Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB)’s new research department, which will be able to participate in future CCA projects.

“We have invested in undertaking research in-house to look at improving processes and new ways of doing things,” said Lucien Jansen, Chief Executive Officer, PPECB.

“For example, we might not know the optimum temperature for transporting a new product variety, so we can undertake research and trials and start to make recommendations for temperature regimes and handling protocols.”

CCA member Tive, which specialises in tracking devices, spoke about the benefits of real-time data analytics, and new member Brussels Airport, presented its Perishables Management App.

The CCA, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, holds two events a year, with the next scheduled for the 6th of September 2022, in Athens, Greece.  

To find out more about joining CCA, taking part in a project for the Technical Committee, or taking part in the Athens event, contact Ebele Nwakude at cca@meantime.global.

Welcome to our new member Tive

Boston, USA – based Tive has developed trackers that transmit real-time shipment data across all modes, including temperature and humidity readings. 

Tive’s single-use and multi-use trackers can stream location and condition information for any food or perishables shipment. 

“Having accurate, real-time temperature tracking helps companies manage and maintain their stability budgets,” said Blerta Lataj, Referral Partner Manager at Tive. 

“Real-time, hyper specific location tracking is Tive’s bread and butter, and this service is vital for managing time-critical shipments.” 

“We are very happy to become a member of CCA and strongly believe that the values and mission of CCA closely align with our solutions for temperature and time-critical shipments of perishables and the pharma sector.” 

Blerta has written a short article to introduce Tive. 


The best way to ship perishables is to have end-to-end shipment condition visibility, but what that means for your organization depends on the products you are shipping. If you are shipping frozen foods, for example, the temperature of your shipments may be the only condition you need to track. Meanwhile, a company shipping inks and dyes might be far more concerned with monitoring the light exposure of their shipments than any other condition. 

With that said, the types of shipment condition visibility that retailers shipping perishable products might need to track — and, subsequently, the types of shipment condition visibility provided by Tive’s hyper-accurate location and condition trackers — include: 

  • Temperature Monitoring – Any product that must be stored in specific temperature conditions needs to have its temperature carefully monitored throughout the supply chain. 
  • Shock Monitoring – Fragile products that are prone to damage from hard impacts need to be monitored for shock absorption to determine when such an impact occurs. 
  • Humidity Monitoring – Wood, fabric, and various other materials can be damaged by excess humidity, making humidity levels an important factor to monitor for some retail companies. 
  • Light Exposure Monitoring – Certain pharmaceutical products, along with products such as film and ink, must be kept out of direct sunlight, making light exposure an important factor in monitoring these products. 

Tive’s industry-leading hyper-accurate location and condition trackers enable retail companies shipping perishable products to track all of the conditions outlined in the previous section in real-time from a single user-friendly dashboard. Simply placing one of these trackers in your cargo container puts the power of complete shipment condition visibility at your fingertips. 

Along with allowing you to monitor the condition of your products in real-time, Tive’s trackers also send immediate alerts anytime a container’s conditions drift outside the limits you choose. This feature makes it easy to pinpoint cargo that might have incurred damage and, in some cases, enables shippers to fix the issue before damage occurs. 

In addition to providing complete shipment condition visibility, Tive’s trackers also make it easy to track the hyper-accurate location and status of your shipments in real-time, providing reliable track and trace capabilities to go along with complete shipment condition visibility—it’s everything needed to ensure you have the best way to ship perishables. 

The Best Way to Ship Perishables? Partner with Tive! 

COOL CHAIN ASSOCIATION WELCOMES TIVE TO ITS GROWING MEMBERSHIP ON THE EVE OF ITS PERISHABLES EVENT IN ROME 

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has welcomed a new member, real-time tracking company Tive, to its growing membership as it prepares to host a two-day perishables summit in Rome, Italy on July 6th and 7th

Boston, USA – based Tive has developed trackers that transmit real-time shipment data across all modes, including temperature and humidity readings. 

“Cool Chain members are focused on finding ways to collaborate to improve the temperature controlled supply chain and Tive brings knowledge and experience to help us achieve those goals,“ said Stavros Evangelakakis. 

“Our membership has been steadily growing over the last few months and we are excited to welcome a new member, who brings different skill sets to share with our community.” 

Tive’s single-use and multi-use trackers can stream location and condition information for any food or perishables shipment. 

“Having accurate, real-time temperature tracking helps companies manage and maintain their stability budgets,” said Blerta Lataj, Referral Partner Manager at Tive. 

“Real-time, hyper specific location tracking is Tive’s bread and butter, and this service is vital for managing time-critical shipments.”

“We are very happy to become a member of CCA and strongly believe that the values and mission of CCA closely align with our solutions for temperature and time-critical shipments of perishables and the pharma sector.”  

As well as welcoming its new member, CCA has recently launched a Technical Committee project bringing together experts from different fields to tackle issues in the temperature-controlled supply chain. 

The CCA’s Risk Management Committee will be hosting a round table discussion at the Association’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting and perishables summit in Rome, Italy on July 6th and 7th. 

Later in the year, CCA will be part of Airfreight Pharma, on the 5 – 7th September at the Grand Hyatt, Athens, Greece. 

For more information on attending the events, visit coolchain.org 

COOL CHAIN ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR A DIGITAL RISK MANAGEMENT APPROACH TO DRIVE EFFICIENCIES

Stakeholders across the perishables supply chain should adopt a digital approach to risk management to reduce waste and create value by extending shelf life, Eric Mauroux, Cool Chain Association (CCA) Board member and Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FreshBizDev told delegates at Fruit Logistica today.

The industry has been slow to adopt new technologies, and a lack of standardised reporting across the supply chain means that the value proposition in perishables logistics can vary enormously across trade lanes.

By sharing data and adopting common Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), stakeholders from across the cool chain will be able to better understand which temperature excursions need action and plan for smarter logistics solutions, which will reduce waste.

“The cost of claim is not the only criteria to evaluate the cost of inefficiencies,” said Mauroux.

“Value destruction related to reduced shelf-life and waste should also be included when assessing the total logistical cost of a shipment.

“Having a digital approach to risk, which considers the total cost, is an opportunity to better understand the inefficiencies of the supply chain so that we can develop new solutions and build realistic business cases to invest in smarter logistics for the fresh produce trade.”

He said stakeholders should consider moving from a strict contractual framework towards new collaborative ways of working including data-sharing and shared objectives to improve cool chain performance.

“The virtual world is a perfect playground to try out various solutions based on realistic scenarios,” Mauroux said.

“We can collectively create value by improving the shelf life of perishables.”

The CCA has strongly backed a KPI metric for perishables called the Degree-Hour, which takes both temperature and time into consideration to give an absolute figure against which consignments on a given journey can be measured.

Using the metric, temperature excursions are acceptable within a defined bandwidth provided overall Degree-Hours are maintained at a certain score for the shipment across its end-to-end journey.

Mauroux sponsors the CCA’s Risk Management Committee, which includes shipper, airline, and forwarder members, led by Stefan Braun, Managing Director of SmartCAE.

The group is the first Committee under the CCA’s Technical Committee project, which aims to assist, analyse, study, and manage critical control points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as developing standards, and initiating projects.

Among the panel alongside Mauroux on the panel were Michael Schotten, Editor in Chief, Fruitnet Media International, Stefan Braun, Managing Director, SmartCAE.

Fruit Logistica is being held at the Berlin Expo centre, Berlin, Germany between 5th and 7th April.

Member spotlight – Robust, Reliable, Reusable: Delivering pharmaceuticals to patients safely and efficiently

In the face of an ever-changing, turbulent pharmaceutical supply chain where demand is only increasing, stakeholders continue to require robust, reliable, reusable cold storage solutions, to provide effective temperature sensitive control to protect the integrity of pharmaceutical products.

The baseline requirement for pharmaceutical logistics is that products should arrive on time, undamaged and with no temperature excursions.

Choosing the most appropriate cold chain solution makes all the difference.

At Tower, our critical objective is to improve the quality and consistency of pharmaceutical deliveries across the market.

We achieve this through innovative structural design of our passive containers, meaning products are transported without the need for in-transit manual intervention.

Our containers are intended to perform in all supply chains, regardless of transport type or environment – ensuring product integrity for patients and pharmaceutical businesses alike.

When shipping temperature sensitive products, it is vital to have a reliable packaging partner who can ensure each container will deliver the correct performance for every shipment.

Here reliability is key, and all Tower containers offer 120 hours temperature compliance in any environment, anywhere in the world.

Data downloaded from over 15,000 shipments has demonstrated fewer than 0.1% of temperature excursions on average, a vital indicator in the maintenance of the cold chain.

Focusing on delivering a consistent customer outcome whatever the location is always a priority and manufacturers will indeed source freight from those who have the most optimised supply chain networks.

Those who can offer customers a network of fully stocked hubs located across multiple countries provide the proximity and availability required by today’s global supply chains.

The increased pressure for greener supply chain management within the pharmaceutical industry is also forcing many to reassess their processes.

Reusable storage containers have rapidly grown to become a favoured method for sustainable medical logistics.

By providing a multi-use solution they offer a substantially reduced environmental profile, simply by the fact that they stay in market circulation for a longer time, thereby decreasing the amount of packaging waste produced.

Clearly, all players in the cold chain have a role to play in sustainability and by ensuring our containers are both robust and reusable we are contributing to our customers circular supply-chain ambitions.

Indeed, it is the overall combination of delivering robust, reliable, reusable cold storage solutions, that customers value most in today’s global supply network and one that drives our focus within Tower Cold Chain.

New CCA members

We are pleased to welcome three new members to the CCA, LOT Polish Airlines, Tower Cold Chain, and Challenge Group.

LOT is the sixth airline to join CCA’s growing membership.

“By joining the CCA and taking part in the Risk Management Committee, we hope to create common global standards and work towards a safe environment for handling pharmaceutical and healthcare products across the temperature-controlled supply chain,” said Kamil Rarak, Special Cargo Product Development and Training Manager, LOT Polish Airlines.

“We were awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV) Pharmaceutical Certificate in 2020 and we are focused on supporting our global business partners in the field of healthcare products.”

Tower Cold Chain supplies specialist temperature-controlled containers.

“We are delighted to join the CCA and look forward to collaborating to ensure pharmaceuticals are handled and transported by means of robust, reliable, reusable solutions,” said

Nick Gilmore, Global Head of Sales and Marketing, Tower Cold Chain.

“Through working together, Tower can better assist the temperature-sensitive supply chain to reduce temperature excursions and waste and improve sustainability, to benefit the pharmaceutical community.”

Global air cargo group Challenge’s six companies include cargo airlines, handlers, and logistics services, and its subsidiary carrier

CAL Cargo Airlines is a leading carrier of perishables on the Israel to Europe trade lane.

It has a portfolio of temperature-controlled products covering perishables and pharmaceuticals and holds the IATA CEIV certification for its two airlines, CAL and Challenge Airlines, as well as for Challenge Handling in Liège, Belgium.

CAL Cargo Airlines will join the CCA’s newly developed Technical Committee, with the aim of supporting tangible projects and initiatives to drive improvements in the cool supply chain.

“By joining the CCA, we know we can make a concrete contribution to raise industry standards as an active member of the Technical Committee,” said Gianluca Marcangelo, Senior Manager Cargo Transformation, Challenge Group.

“We are looking forward to networking with other members and enhance our industry engagement to build strategic and long-term business partnership.”

For more information

www.lot.com

www.towercoldchain.com

www.cal-cargo.com

New Risk Management Committee launched

We have launched our first project under the Technical Committee Programme, which aims is to assist, analyse, study, and manage critical points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as developing standards, and initiating projects.

Under the sponsorship of our Board member Eric Mauroux, the Risk Management Committee includes shipper, airline, and forwarder members, led by Stefan Braun, Managing Director of SmartCAE.

“The group will focus on developing digital risk management strategies in order to move towards more efficient and smarter pharma and perishable supply chains,” said Mauroux, 

“We will identify case studies to help us adapt solutions, which are cost-effective and sustainable, as key drivers to reducing the risk of waste.”

Committee members include: Rogier Rook, Logistics Director, Nature’s Pride; Kamil Rarak, Special Cargo Product Development and Training Manager; LOT Polish Airline; and, Xavier Ripoll, Sales and Marketing Director, Able Freight, with a pharmaceutical company due to join soon.

“We need to collect the right information and bring trust to the table so that we can come up with smart cost-effective solutions,

understand the actual cost of inefficiencies and move away from over engineered solutions,” said Mauroux.

“CCA is a neutral party that can help reconcile the virtual world with real historical data and develop positive solutions where the total cost reflects what is needed to get the job done.”

Under the Technical Committee program, CCA members who are not Board members can volunteer to become Project Coordinators, responsible for the facilitation of initiatives and the proposal of final solutions to the Board. If you have a project in mind, please contact  cca@meantime.global

Picture caption: Pictured left to right top Kamil Rarak, Special Cargo Product Development and Training Manager, LOT Polish Airlines; Rogier Rook, Logistics Director, Nature’s Pride; left to right bottom Stefan Braun, Managing Director, SmartCAE; Xavier Ripoll, Sales and Marketing Director, Able Freight; and Eric Mauroux, CCA Board member and President of Freshbizdev.

Cool Chain Association welcomes two new members and kicks off its Technical Committee with a risk management project

LOT Polish Airlines and Tower Cold Chain are the latest members to join the Cool Chain Association

Luxembourg, Wednesday 9th February 2022The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has continued to grow its membership with the addition of LOT Polish Airlines and Tower Cold Chain.

The Association, whose members collaborate towards improving quality in the temperature-sensitive supply chain, has also announced the formation of a new committee looking into risk management as part of its Technical Committee programme.

LOT is the sixth airline to join CCA’s growing membership.

“By joining the CCA and taking part in the Risk Management Committee, we hope to create common global standards and work towards a safe environment for handling pharmaceutical and healthcare products across the temperature-controlled supply chain,” said Kamil Rarak, Special Cargo Product Development and Training Manager, LOT Polish Airlines.

“We were awarded the International Air Transport Association Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) Certificate in 2020 and we are focused on supporting our global business partners in the field of healthcare products.”

Tower Cold Chain, supplies specialist temperature-controlled containers.

“We are delighted to join the CCA and look forward to collaborating to ensure pharmaceuticals are handled and transported by means of robust, reliable, reusable solutions,” said Nick Gilmore, Global Head of Sales and Marketing, Tower Cold Chain.

“Through working together, Tower can better assist the temperature-sensitive supply chain to reduce excursions and waste and improve sustainability, to benefit the pharmaceutical community.”

The CCA’s Risk Management Committee, which held its first full meeting last week, is sponsored by CCA Board member Eric Mauroux, President of Freshbizdev, and includes shipper, airline, and forwarder members, led by Stefan Braun, Managing Director of SmartCAE.

“The group will focus on developing digital risk management strategies in order to move towards more efficient and smarter pharma and perishable supply chains,” said Mauroux,

“We will identify case studies to help us adapt solutions, which are cost-effective and sustainable, as key drivers to reducing the risk of waste.”

Committee members include: Rogier Rook, Logistics Director, Nature’s Pride; Kamil Rarak, Special Cargo Product Development and Training Manager; LOT Polish Airlines; and, Xavier Ripoll, Sales and Marketing Director, Able Freight, with a pharmaceutical company due to join later this week.

The Risk Management Committee is part of CCA’s newly-launched Technical Committee programme, which aims is to assist, analyse, study, and manage critical points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as developing standards, and initiating projects.

CCA members who are not Board members can volunteer to become Project Coordinators, responsible for the facilitation of initiatives and the proposal of final solutions to the Board.

CCA Board members sponsor the projects.

The CCA holds two events a year, one for pharmaceuticals and one for perishables. The pharmaceuticals event for this year has been confirmed and will take place in Athens.

Cool Chain Association welcomes temperature-sensitive air freight specialist Challenge Group as its newest member

The CCA continues to grow its global membership, working with companies focused on improving the cool supply chain

Luxembourg, Tuesday 7th December 2021Challenge Group is the latest temperature-sensitive supply chain specialist to join the Cool Chain Association (CCA) as part of its growing membership.

Global air cargo group Challenge’s six companies include cargo airlines, handlers, and logistics services, and its subsidiary carrier CAL Cargo Airlines is a leading carrier of perishables on the Israel to Europe trade lane.

It has a portfolio of temperature-controlled products covering perishables and pharmaceuticals and holds the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV) certification for its two airlines, CAL and Challenge Airlines, as well as for Challenge Handling in Liège, Belgium.

CAL Cargo Airlines will join the CCA’s newly developed Technical Committee, with the aim of supporting tangible projects and initiatives to drive improvements in the cool supply chain.

“By joining the CCA, we know we can make a concrete contribution to raise industry standards as an active member of the Technical Committee,” said Gianluca Marcangelo, Senior Manager Cargo Transformation, Challenge Group.

“We are looking forward to networking with other members and enhance  our industry engagement to build strategic and long-term business partnership.”

CAL Cargo Airlines, part of the Challenge Group, was founded in 1976 to service growing export demands of perishable goods out of Tel Aviv, Israel, and has remained committed to delivering quality services for temperature-controlled products, as well as growing its portfolio.

CCA members are focused on driving improved logistics services for the pharmaceutical and perishable sectors.

The CCA launched its Technical Committee earlier this year, to analyse and manage critical points affecting product quality along the cool chain, as well as to develop standards and initiate projects.

“It is important that we work together to deliver tangible solutions for our cool supply chain, that is our focus,” said Nicola Caristo, CCA Secretary General and Airline Partner Manager, SkyCell AG.

“By working with quality-driven experts such as Challenge, we will together make a much-needed difference and we welcome their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to help us achieve our goal.”

The CCA holds two networking events a year, one covering perishables and the other on pharmaceuticals.

The CCA aims to host a Pharma and Perishables event in 2022 with details to follow.

The Cool Chain Association launches new logo and website at its seventh global perishables event

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) welcomed over 60 delegates to its Seventh Global Perishables Conference held virtually yesterday

Luxembourg, Thursday 16 September 2021: The Cool Chain Association has launched a new logo and website as part of its drive to grow membership and further support a more quality-driven temperature-sensitive supply chain.

The new branding reflects CCA’s efforts to encourage collaboration in the cool chain community, with the new website providing easy access to information about ongoing projects, as well as downloadable white papers and case studies.

The new look was revealed at the CCA’s Seventh Global Perishables Event attended virtually by over 60 delegates yesterday.

“There has perhaps never been a more pressing time for our community to work together and drive quality in the temperature-sensitive supply chain,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, Cool Chain Association (CCA).

“CCA provides a neutral platform to facilitate collaboration with the aim of reducing food loss and waste, as well as benefiting the pharma industry.

“Our new look is a reflection of our renewed vision to grow membership and drive quality-driven change in the industry.”

Delegates at the Perishables Conference were updated on CCA initiatives including its new Technical Committee, which aims to assist, analyse, study, and manage critical points affecting product quality along the value chain, as well as developing standards, and initiating projects.

“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, CCA Secretary General; Airline Partner Manager, SkyCell AG.

“It allows us to concentrate 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.”

Delegates heard an overview of the perishables market in South Africa from Lucien Jansen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the conference platinum sponsor PPECB.

The event was also sponsored by shipping line MSC and terminal operator FPT.

Dr Radhika Batra, Founder and President of Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Every Infant Matters, the CCA’s chosen charity, spoke about reshaping healthcare to make it more accessible.

The CCA holds both perishable and pharma events, with the next event to be held in 2022.

For more information on joining CCA or taking part in one of its programmes go to coolchain.org

To suggest a project for the Technical Committee, contact cca@meantime.global

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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