When it comes to integrating the pharma cold-chain, technology is invariably seen as having a big part to play. However, it can also form a big part of the problem. Here Alan Kennedy examines the virtues and limitations of technology when it comes to collaborative solutions.
Technology has a decisive role to play in the creation of an efficiently integrated logistics system. For example, the deployment of appropriate IT is instrumental in the tracking of pharma shipments and in the continuous monitoring of the shipping environment. However, never forget that the full benefits will only accrue with an IT platform that permits the data generated, and the corresponding actionable analytics, to be shared right across the logistics network concerned.
Cross-network IT platforms can also facilitate communications and enable the transparent measuring and monitoring of network performance against predefined KPIs/milestones in areas such as shipment status, temperature excursions and on-time delivery performance. Such a ‘control tower’ system can generate network-shared performance reports and allows problems to be readily identified and corrective action taken quickly.
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Source: Cold Chain IQ