DHL and AFKLMP Cargo improves transparency of pharma deliveries

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DHL Global Forwarding and Air France KLM Martinair (AFKLMP) Cargo, the two leading players in the airfreight pharmaceutical industry have joined forces to improve transparency in the pharmaceutical logistics chain.

The two have created a direct a host-to-host connection through an application programming interface (API) that allows for system-based integrated information sharing about the shipment journey, including all shipments’ important milestones and temperature checks for active containers. This facilitates both higher standards for reliability and real-time updates of product temperature in the cold chain while it is transported in special climate-controlled containers. Information about deliveries can be easily accessed and monitored via DHL’s LifeTrack Portal.

“When securing product integrity and patient safety in the supply chain, data transparency is key. Taking a partnership approach to automating shipment data sharing for cargo characteristics like container temperatures is an essential step to providing our customers with peace of mind about how their shipments are being moved across the globe,” Nina Heinz, Global Head of Network & Quality, DHL Global Forwarding said.

“This is an important milestone and yet another example of our strong innovative ambition. Within Pharmaceutical Logistics, we aim to create transparency and visibility in each step of the cold chain. It is the next stage in the digitisation of our industry,” AFKLMP’s Global Head of Pharmaceutical Logistics Enrica Calonghi said.

Currently, this service is provided at AFKLMP’s largest life sciences hubs in Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris CDG. Based on this first proof of concept, the two companies have agreed to extend the roll-out of active container temperature readings to all the main pharma network points.

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