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May 2, 2016

Cold Chain Hub Lowers Risk for Healthcare Imports

Avoiding clearance delays is critical for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals shipments since they risk being spoiled at the port of clearance if no cold chain infrastructure is available. FedEx Express has been investing in cold chain areas at airports to maintain the integrity of delayed international healthcare air shipments. As a matter of fact, the FedEx Express

March 29, 2016

FedEx Strengthens Healthcare Portfolio with Opening of Cold Chain Center Memphis

Richard Smith VP Global Trade Services In today’s evolving healthcare industry, temperature matters. It’s estimated that 25 percent of healthcare shipments are temperature sensitive, meaning a rise or a dip in temperature could render a shipment unusable. These materials, such as crucial pharmaceuticals or critical vaccines, are entrusted to FedEx every day, and we deliver.

January 21, 2016

FedEx Accomplishes a First for Commercial Aviation

When a FedEx 757 landed on Kennedy Space Center’s three-mile shuttle runway, it accomplished something no other commercial aircraft had before.  It became the first commercial carrier to land on the strip, signifying the start of a new collaboration between FedEx and the space industry. “What we’re going through now is the privatization of space,” said

November 25, 2014

Measuring Up When it Comes to Temperature-Controlled Transportation

Performance measurements in the form of metrics or key performance indicators help companies in streamlining operations and improving the bottom line. When logistics metrics are shared externally among stakeholders, for instance between healthcare shippers and transportation providers, this may lead to an improvement in the supply chain and a better customer experience overall. Were your shipments delayed? You can find out why by accessing reports and having regular discussions. Transportation providers have established general metrics to report shipping performance.

August 12, 2014

Mode Shift in Freight Transportation

Have you ever heard of “mode shift” in the shipping context? It refers to the change in the type of transportation used to move your shipments around. Mode shift is a trend that is often on the agenda at transportation conferences as many shippers choose ocean freight forwarding rather than air cargo freight for intercontinental

June 2, 2014

Validation versus Qualification in Shipping

Many healthcare shippers ask us at FedEx Express whether our cold chain transportation solutions are validated.

February 13, 2014

Flowers or Chocolate – Quantifying Business Value

As we get close to Valentine’s Day, many of you may be wondering what to buy for your loved ones: flowers or chocolate?

April 17, 2012

Cold Chain for Beginners

Cold Chain is a term used to characterize temperature-controlled storage, distribution and transportation. The term can be misleading since it does not refer to “cold” temperatures in particular. Products that are sensitive to temperature variations, whether they be perishables such as fruits and vegetables or more sophisticated drugs and medical devices, are included in the term “cold chain”. However, cold chain is often more narrowly used in reference to temperature and time-sensitive high value healthcare products.