Supply chains are tough to manage, particularly when you have temperature-sensitive goods coming off the manufacturing line. One slight mistake in your supply chain and you could be looking at the cost of damaged products and a damaged reputation. How do you prevent such outcomes from ruining your business?
While it is not the be-all and end-all solution to managing risks to your supply chain, having the appropriate temperature controlled packaging plays a crucial role. The packaging you use for your temperature-sensitive goods, be they pharmaceutical products or biological materials, could be the weak link in your supply chain.
There are several instances when packaging becomes the weak link, jeopardising your entire distribution set-up. One, the temperature-controlled container may not be able to stand up to the temperature fluctuations and climate differences of destinations. Two, security inspections could take a long while keeping your packages stalled. Three, transportation issues could create delays, leaving packages exposed to undesirable conditions. At each point, the unsuitability of your temperature-controlled containers or boxes will affect the integrity of your product, and thus, your profits.
So you need to ensure that your product shipper is a formidable first line of defence in keeping your temperature-sensitive goods safe. You do so by recognising the varying temperatures of every destination site and origin point — wherever your products need to go through before they get to your end-user. It helps to have a detailed temperature profile map because this creates a solid reference for packaging solutions.
The good news is you don’t have to resolve weak links in your supply chain, on your own. You can get the services of a cold chain supply specialist, which will not only provide you with the sufficient packaging solutions your goods will require, but it will also provide cold chain consultation, so you determine whether your cold chain mechanisms, among other factors, are appropriate or not.
You could get your facilities and equipment inspected and validated. You could get a contingency plan in place or change the one you have to suit the business’s changing needs. You could also find a way to limit supply chain handoffs, further minimising your risks whilst controlling costs. You could do all these and more with the expertise of a cold chain supply specialist.
Finally, in order to allow your specially designed temperature-controlled boxes or containers and ensure the success of your packaging solutions, always secure quality agreements with third-party providers. Whether it’s the transportation company or the storage provider, quality agreements ensure that everyone involved in the supply chain is working toward the same goal.
If you need help with temperature controlled packaging or cold chain validation, please contact Lyn Radnell at CoolPac on 1300 266 555.