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Automating Logistics

How Faster Deliveries Impact Healthcare Logistics

Transporting medical shipments such as organs, tissues, and blood is a time sensitive process with no room for error. Based on a study by the Cardiothoracic Research Unit at Rayne Institute - St. Thomas Hospital in London, UK; 27% of hearts that are donated become damaged during the transportation and storage process.

The Blood, Sweat, and Tears of Healthcare Logistics

Globally, we see a shift in our lifespan: millennials are expected to live longer than before. Some studies suggest that they will reach 100 or 110 years old. Many factors contribute to this longevity. Scientists and researchers are performing highly advanced technologic research and genomic testing to determine what factors are impacting the human life expectancy. These advancements in science and medicine have doubled our life expectancy in the past century.

Eyes On The Pie

When it comes to logistics, evolution is understanding how technology changes the expectation of both shippers and couriers. Only five years ago, the Domino's pizza mobile app was developed so that antsy consumers could track their pizza to 3 feet within their actual location. Flash forward to now, there are still no protocols or requirements on the level of visibility when transporting medical specimen: blood, tissue, or organs. How is it that we can track a pizza with more information than a kidney needed to save a life?

Doctors Speak Out About Hep-C Transplants

While attending the UNOs Region 5 meeting this year, doctors brought the topic of Hep-C patients and kidney transplants to the forefront of the conversation. Would you believe that there are about 97,000 people in the USA who are waiting for a kidney transplant? And when I say waiting, I mean waiting. How about more than five years? Yes. Five years or more.

Air Cargo Conference: Reflections From A Tech-Enabled Forwarder

The freight forwarding industry generates an estimated $270 billion in annual revenue. There are over 15,000 freight forwarders in the USA alone. Competition is ever present: a constant game of catch up is being played to stay competitive. Customers will chase the lowest cost, combined with the best services, or the best user interface/ability. And in the age of the consumer, service, transparency, and information has never been more critical. Two main points around the industry significantly impact a shipper’s buying process: technology and service.

At the Air Cargo Conference, earlier this month, the theme was the innovation of an industry that hasn’t changed in decades: Air Freight. You can track your local pizza delivery guy more meticulously than an aircraft part en route to a grounded 747. There’s an incredible disconnect between a shipper’s expectation and the technology available.

Today, shippers require more transparency and real-time information from legacy providers unable to support their requests; however, they also want their forwarder to handle every mode of transportation possible.

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