Monday, July 22, 2024
Advancing pharmaceutical logistics

Advancing pharmaceutical logistics

ACW talks to Lauren Stolt – global head of pharmaceutical logistics at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo

What challenges does the pharmaceutical industry face in logistics?

The pharmaceutical industry faces significant logistical challenges, including maintaining precise temperature controls and ensuring timely deliveries. These hurdles are critical to the integrity and safety of pharmaceutical products.

How does Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) address these challenges?

We are addressing these challenges by providing innovative transportation solutions and partnering with customers to meet their specific needs. We continuously innovate and expand our global network in line with the market and opportunities to ensure reliable and efficient transportation services for the pharmaceutical sector.

Can you talk about the extent of AFKLMP’s pharma operations?

We have an extensive pharma operation, with daily connections to at least 65 destinations from our main hubs in Paris and Amsterdam, and 100 destinations connected at least three times weekly. With strategic partnerships, including those with Delta, and Virgin, we offer over 100 widebody and freighter destinations for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments.

What certifications and quality standards has AFKLMP achieved to meet pharmaceutical industry requirements?

AFKLMP has obtained various certifications, including being the first airlines (AF and KLM) and hubs (CDG and AMS) to be IATA CEIV certified three times back-to-back. This certification ensures that our pharma operations maintain the highest standards of quality and integrity throughout the supply chain. We are currently working on the recertification for 2024.

What specific services and solutions has AFKLMP developed to cater to the pharmaceutical industry’s needs?

AFKLMP offers specialised solutions such as passive solutions for customer-packaged Pharma shipments, active container solutions for constant temperature, and end-to-end visibility through digital platforms. We also provide personalised customer support to tailor solutions to specific needs.

What investments has AFKLMP made in infrastructure and technology to support pharmaceutical cargo operations?

We have made significant investments in infrastructure and technology to enhance our pharmaceutical cargo operations. We recently expanded our Paris hub, adding 60 additional ULD cool cell units, 30 for 2-8°C & 30 15-25°C bringing our total capacity across both Paris and Amsterdam hubs to over 20,000 sq m. The official opening of these facilities will be marked by a customer event in Paris in June. Additionally, we have upgraded our IT system to the industry-leading iCargo in Paris, with Amsterdam scheduled to follow in early 2024. These investments ensure seamless handling of pharmaceutical cargo from start to finish.

How is AFKLMP expanding to meet the global demand for pharmaceutical transportation?

We are expanding our global network by increasing capacity on key routes, particularly across the North Atlantic. Additionally, we continuously adapt to market trends and challenges by adjusting our network. For example, we recently introduced a weekly Boeing 777 freighter service from Paris to Mumbai, which will operate until the end of October.

Why is transparency and visibility important in pharmaceutical logistics, and how is it achieved?

Transparency and visibility are crucial to ensure the integrity of pharmaceutical products. AFKLMP achieves this through real-time monitoring solutions via strategic partnerships with our container suppliers as well as our online customer portal myCargo, which provides real-time access and tracking of shipments.

What role does data analytics and real-time monitoring play in ensuring the integrity of pharmaceutical cargo?

Data analytics and real-time monitoring are essential for maintaining pharmaceutical cargo integrity. Our highly appreciated myCargo platform offers real-time access and tracking, allowing customers to monitor and manage their shipments effectively, ensuring optimal conditions are maintained.

What steps has AFKLMP taken to minimise the environmental impact of pharmaceutical cargo operations?

AFKLMP is committed to sustainability, investing in fuel-efficient aircraft, optimising flight routes, using eco-friendly ground handling solutions, and implementing effective waste management strategies. We also offer a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) programme, allowing customers to contribute to reducing environmental impact through our goSAF initiative.

What future innovations and trends do you see shaping the role of pharmaceutical goods in AFKLMP’s operations?

The future of pharmaceutical logistics includes growth in personalised medicine, clinical trials for rare diseases, and advancements in cold chain and digital solutions. We aim to stay at the forefront by working with all parties in the pharmaceutical chain to enhance transparency, security, and innovative cold chain technologies.

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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