Cold Chains Are Hot report issued

April 23, 2010
Research and Markets has added the Cold Chains are Hot! Mastering the Challenges of Temperature report to its offerings.

Research and Markets has added the Cold Chains are Hot! Mastering the Challenges of Temperature report to its offerings.

Tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes—in responding to the needs of the victims of these natural disasters, the effective delivery of food, pharmaceuticals, and life-saving products are now in the spotlight. Supply challenges related to transportation, infrastructure and other issues require careful planning and coordination.

Even in normal circumstances, this extreme supply chain needs careful attention. Variations in temperature, humidity, and altitude are all factors that can transform modern medical miracles into useless materials. Billions of dollars spent in research, manufacturing, and federal approval are at risk as these products move through the global chain of custody from supply to demand.

Securing the cold chain requires innovation, collaboration, and communication, ensuring that each of the critical links in the chain understands product storage and handling requirements. Advanced technologies—such as sensors, RFID, and wireless and wired networks—are all potential components of a future-forward model that will ensure an ongoing portable record of each product throughout its lifecycle.

The combination of enhanced policy, process, performance, and enablers provides the key to success for cold chain management. Leveraging technologies that have been pioneered in the food industry, it is possible to create a cold chain infrastructure with understanding and preparation for the constraints of cold chain distribution.

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