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Realizing the Potential of Biopharmaceutical Cold Chain Packaging

For biopharmaceutical manufacturers, the market trends are favorable. Rising demand for targeted therapies and the globalization of specialty pharmaceutical commercialization are creating a host of growth opportunities for manufacturers. As a result, there is an unprecedented rise in the quantities of commercial and clinical drugs that are being shipped to patients across the globe. However, this also means that the stakes and costs for high-value cold chain products in global clinical trials have undergone a dramatic increase, due which the industry now operates in an environment where there is increased focus to minimize the loss on products or samples. This necessitates global manufacturers in the biopharmaceutical sector to keep abreast of the advances in biopharmaceutical cold chain packaging technology and processes that maintain the quality standards and ensure the safety of cold chain products. In this article, pharma industry experts lay down some macro-trends and key takeaways in biopharmaceutical cold chain packaging that manufacturers must consider as they work to identify innovations and drive new growth globally.

Meeting unique temperature needs

The rising hype around targeted therapies, biologics, and personalized medicines demand better temperature control measures in the biopharmaceutical supply chain. The wider range of new temperature requirements for these products requires manufacturers to focus on more than just cold shipping, it requires new biopharmaceutical cold chain packaging solutions. It becomes highly challenging to maintain product temperatures in a laboratory or storage setting. The difficulty increases exponentially in case the products must travel at a consistent temperature across thousands of miles over several days or weeks altogether. In such cases, product integrity can only be ensured through the right biopharma cold chain packaging solutions. Fortunately for biopharmaceutical manufacturers, there has been a significant expansion in the packaging and monitoring technologies for the biopharma cold chain.  Semi-active packaging, including expanded polystyrene (EPS) and expanded polyurethane (EPU) systems, remain as one of the most common and economical biopharmaceutical cold chain packaging choices for local or short-distance transportation. But this type of packaging solutions are unable to regulate their own internal temperatures and require a change in packaging configuration seasonally even if the route doesn’t change. Passive cold chain packaging solutions, on the other hand, are more focused on offering longer temperature control durations with lighter materials. These solutions are proven to maintain temperature control even through longer distances. GPS technologies and tracking can be used to monitor and gain a real-time view of shipment status throughout the products’ journey.

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Expanding global clinical trials


The number of registered clinical trials across the globe has cross 1 million. The need for efficient global clinical trials are increasing with the rising regulatory mandate for tests to be conducted within the country where the manufacturers seek launch and market new drugs and targeted therapies. With the expansion of the global clinical trials market, there are significant hurdles that manufacturers must overcome in order to ensure that products arrive at the right place, at the right temperature, and within the expected time frame. Navigating geo-political roadblocks to ensure higher performance of the clinical and commercial supply chain is crucial for both manufacturers and cold chain packaging partners. To avoid any hindrances to clinical trials of drug shipments in emerging countries for time and temperature-sensitive medications, manufacturers should consider working with specialty logistics experts in these countries.

Manufacturers around the globe are investing into biopharmaceutical cold chain packaging for effective solutions as the demand for personalized, high-value drugs with more active pharmaceutical ingredients shorter shelf-lives, and strict temperature requirements increases. Get in touch with an expert from Infiniti Research to know how we can help cold chain logistics providers identify market innovations and key challenges in different markets in order to cater to these demands.

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How an Optimal Reverse Logistics Process can help manage increasing apparel returns

reverse logisticsWith the rise of e-commerce in the retail sector, the rate of returns has increased manifold over the past decade. As retailers are now forced to implement customer-friendly returns policies, the high returns handling costs and other challenges of reverse logistics can give retailers a tough time. Reverse logistics often proves to be particularly challenging due to factors including uneven product quality, lack of clarity over disposition options, and erratic inventory management practices. One of the key challenges of reverse logistics here is that it takes almost a dozen steps more to process returns that it does to manage reverse logistics. In this article, experts at Infiniti have curated some key strategies to ensure an optimal reverse logistics process.

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Reverse logistics strategies for retailers

Kiosks for omnichannel returns

The proliferation of omni-channel retail is one of the main reasons why retailers are in the need to enable omni-channel return processes in their business. Top retailers are even going to the extent of opening small kiosks to return goods that have been sold online. The returned products are then sent to a regional processing hub, followed by the retailer’s fulfillment centers, and finally the goods reach third-party logistics companies or liquidators.

Reverse auctions

This is a reverse logistics technique that is used for the secondary sales of the merchandise that has been returned by a customer. In the case of B2B returns, implementing a private auction space for returns liquidation ensures greater visibility and control over processes. It also helps retailers identify and work on performance improvement gaps.

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Real-time processing of returned inventory

In the case of returns, the speed of liquidations is the deciding factor for the level of value recovered. When the goods returned are processed in real time, retailers can ensure value maximization from the merchandise returns.

Flexible return portions

Just like the purchase process, retailers must aim to make the returns process hassle-free and as easy as possible. This can be achieved by giving customers the opportunity to process their returns through on-demand mail or even collection and drop-off at a store in the convenient location. This kind of flexible return options will help retailers increase their online sales and gain a delighted and loyal customer base.

Liberal returns policy

Although a liberal returns policy is essential, several retailers have already begun reevaluating their returns policy. The recurring new product drops are one of the major reasons why retailers are taking such steps. Many retailers are even cutting short the period of return from 90 days to 35 days. Such strict measures will also reduce the return of used or post-purchase damaged returns.

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Dodging Challenges in Transportation and Logistics

transportation and logisticsThe transportation and logistics sector is struggling to enhance its economic profit. As such it is critical for companies in the transportation and logistics sector to make tougher and astute strategic decisions than ever before. Despite the constant upheavals in the market, several trends in transportation and logistics will create unprecedented opportunities for players in the sector to venture into new markets and re-engineer their existing business models. Based on our transportation industry analysis, to design and implement strategies to overcome key roadblocks in transportation and logistics, senior executives of companies should ensure their strategies incorporate some of the below mentioned imperatives.

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Focus on digital transformation

Most stakeholders in any industry including customers and competitors are increasingly inclined towards digitally enabled change. Transforming key challenges into opportunities will require companies in the transportation and logistics sector to define a digital strategy that is tailored to the value drivers of their organization. They can start by building on the company’s current product portfolio, customer relationships, and other assets. This will encompass defining and executing objectives that digitize core processes, reinforce the business model, and venture into new frontiers.

Agility in resource allocation

Flexibility in resource allocation makes It possible for transportation and logistics companies to gain higher TRS. As the sector is largely asset-intensive, it becomes necessary to make huge strategic bets. It is no longer effective to make strategic decision based on the previous years data. Strategic decision-makers can unlock the benefits of agility in the transportation and logistics sector by overcoming common barriers that hinder flexible resource reallocation such as a lack of intent, an inadequate process, or the absence of the right skills and mind-sets.

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Consider M&A opportunities

The transportation and logistics industry currently has excess cash and debt raising capacity. This means that several transportation and logistics companies stand to benefit from M&A opportunities. Rather than focusing on gaining the “big deal” players in the sector will be required to develop a programmatic capability to spot and execute attractive targets for acquisition. In addition, companies must continue to use alliances to access new markets and capabilities in a cost-effective manner.

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Top 4 Strategies Retailers Must Follow for Better Reverse Logistics Management

Reverse logistics management is a multilayered and nuanced process that presents a manufacturer with several challenges including tracking routing status and warranty, beefing up analytics, analyzing target market, handling suppliers and contractors and driving efficiency in repair processes. Market size analysis for any reverse logistics process has become even more challenging due to rapid growth in the number of customers and their rapidly changing behavior.

If the target market is not analyzed properly, reverse logistics management fails and businesses fail to provide customer satisfaction. Additionally, it increases resource investment levels and storage and distribution costs. Therefore, it is important for the reverse logistics businesses, especially e-commerce, to understand that with the increasing volume of returns, they need to have a proper market analysis mechanism in place.

At Infiniti Research, we understand that better reverse logistics management can act as a sort of asset recovery for manufacturers, so they can extract as much value from the product as possible, providing the second return of investment. And to help companies in careful market size analysis and better reverse logistics management, our team of experts has highlighted four best strategies that can help market players to become global leaders.

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Strategies for Better Reverse Logistics Management

Strategy #1: Adopt new repair and return policies

With retail facing an immense number of returns today, generous return policies have become a competitive necessity. Retailers are also taking better and more steps to reduce the abuse of those policies like Amazon customers who have returned too many items have had their accounts closed without any warning. Both retailers and manufacturers also need to empower customer service associates to make returns more efficient.

Strategy #2: Better collaboration with retailers

Manufacturers and retailers need to take a closer look at their vendor agreements. While the price has often been a matter of dispute, many are re-evaluating their policies of return. For big products like furniture and electronic items, returns are a major issue. So, good collaboration between the supplier and retailer is the need of the hour for better reverse logistics management.

Strategy #3: Optimize your reverse logistics process with data

Manufacturers and retailers both should look for new platforms and third-party partners to sort, resell, process or dispose of items to have better reverse logistics process. With the help of data, return processing becomes cheaper and partners can easily liquidate and handle the inventory. Many manufacturers are now using sensors, IoT, and connectivity to monitor, troubleshoot or repair products in the field and minimize the need for consumers to send products back. Also, they are designing their connected products with software and operating systems that can be trouble shooted or updated from anywhere. Some of the manufacturers and retailers are also using easy-to-replace components and hardware that can be sent to consumers for self-repair. Data they track can include the condition of the products, the volume of returns, and the reason for return along with the percentage of sales.

Strategy #4: Rethinking transportation and logistics

One strategy that suppliers can use today for better reverse logistics management and to reduce costs and improve efficiency is to combine delivery and pickup. With the increasing number of consumer purchasing online, the volume of returns has increased. It is likely that firms in the logistics industry will need to address the growing number of returns by finding drains where they can resell slow-moving and returned product.

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