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Cool Chain Association

An Update on the LAX Initiative

December 11, 2020

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. 

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