DHL launches Ocean Thermonet to address pharma industry demand

DHL launches Ocean Thermonet to address pharma industry demand

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, launched a new ocean freight product named DHL Ocean Thermonet that is specially tailored to the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector.

This global offering enhances the range of products that address especially the pharmaceuticals industry’s growing demand for ocean freight solutions. DHL Ocean Thermonet enables round-the clock monitoring of temperature-sensitive pharma products and the possibility to intervene at short notice in case of incidents, thereby ensuring cargo safety and integrity.

Ocean freight transport mode has gained in importance within the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector during the past two years. The worldwide share of this transport mode is projected to grow from 5% in 2013 to 25% in 2016. With DHL Ocean Thermonet, DHL launched a product that corresponds with the service level of the already existing DHL Air Thermonet. It is especially suited for temperature-sensitive biotech products, which make up the majority of the global transport volume in the Life Sciences segment.

DHL Ocean Thermonet provides seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain, 24/7 proactive monitoring, and intervention based on pre-determined touch points and DHL’s SmartSensor technology. The product ensures safe and regulatory-compliant transportation of cargo. In addition, sensors constantly measure temperature, humidity, and location parameters. Data transfer takes place in real time via GSM network and enables a notification system, reporting any changes of status. Actively transmitted information can be retrieved at any time via LifeTrack’s web or mobile app lication.

The app shows shipment details including routing, movement milestones, and interventions made to ensure cargo safety. Upon completion of key logistical events or detection of potential irregularities, the app informs the user and also provides details about measures taken as required. In case further support is needed, DHL’s cold chain advisors can be contacted 24/7 directly from the app.

All persons involved in the process are specialized in this mode of transportation and trained in regulations and requirements. This increased compliance is driven through the organization through station certifications and audits including ocean carriers and other subcontractors. As a result, control of the supply chain and transparency of the goods’ condition are increased significantly.

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