Cold-chain transport – to Italy, with active cooling
Temperature-managed transport is a key building block for ensuring that medications and medical technology products are always brought to patients at the highest level of quality. However, aiming for central distribution structures for all of Europe often presents challenges, because many freight transporters offer only national networks for cold-chain transport. Often, the only alternative is an insulated box.
For cold-chain transport from Harsewinkel to Italy, Arvato offers its customers a direct connection to a local refrigerated carrier’s network. Using a direct connection, Arvato makes daily temperature-managed deliveries to Milan, where the shipments are fed directly into the national cold-chain network and sent on, actively cooled. For most shipments, delivery is made within 48 to 72 hours, including delivery time to Milan.
Savings of more than 20 percent
“Compared with passively cooled transport using freight shippers who work internationally, shipment takes about 24 hours longer,” says Dominic Haag, Head of Project Management at Arvato Healthcare in Harsewinkel. “However, the advantages are clear to see. Instead of expensive insulated boxes, time-tested cartons are used. The volume of these cartons can be utilised far better, and there is much less effort and expense associated with carrying out the picking process. For our customers, this means savings of more than 20 percent, especially for larger shipment volumes.”
Line-haul also offers advantages with regard to quality. The national carrier in Italy was audited by Arvato’s quality team, meaning GDP-compliant shipping is guaranteed. Even unforeseen shipment delays, like strikes or extreme weather situations, no longer jeopardise product shelf life. Products may arrive later, but they remain in the stipulated cooling range the entire time and thus do not need to be destroyed. To supplement this service, Arvato also offers temperature-managed returns from Italy, meaning destruction is not necessarily required if the delivery is not accepted and the maximum period of time in the insulated box is exceeded. Another advantage: the national carriers are also more familiar with regional particularities – for example with regard to addressing – and can adapt to them proactively.
“Linking with cold-chain freight carriers in Italy is just the first step towards the expansion of our network in Europe,” says Sebastian Verhoeven, Senior Key Account Manager & Head of Project Management in Harsewinkel, looking ahead to the future. “Similar set-ups are planned for Belgium and Luxembourg as well as Spain.”