Kuehne + Nagel is adding 280 new “pharma trailers” to its European Pharma fleet
The trailers will be deployed in the “KN PharmaChain overland service” in Europe, where Kuehne + Nagel is focused on delivering a seamless, intermodal service for full and less than trailer load shipments with cargo monitoring. In anticipation of peak season this year, 35 of the new trailers have been deployed so far, with another 45 to follow in in 2018. The remaining 200 will be added in the coming years.
“By enlarging its own dedicated trailer fleet of standardised Schmitz Cargobull Chassis with Thermoking cooling units (mono, bi-temp and double-deck equipment), Kuehne + Nagel aims at facilitating seamless services for active temperature-controlled FTL and LTL shipments across Europe. The overland pharma fleet is part of the KN PharmaChain network, providing multimodal GxP compliant door-to-door shipping on a global scale, enhanced visibility and traceability of the deliveries, as well as intensive and proactive risk management and integrated warehousing services,” Kuehne + Nagel said.
Uwe Hött, Senior Vice President Overland Europe at Kuehne + Nagel added: “Logistics solutions for the pharma and healthcare industry are among the most important growth drivers for Kuehne + Nagel’s overland and regional business. This investment is part of our commitment to provide comprehensive, GxP compliant transport solutions for the industry, which can be tailored to specific needs. The continuous upgrades of our equipment and facilities as well as the ongoing training of our dedicated pharma logistics experts are the centrepieces of our KN PharmaChain overland solutions.“
"The new pharma trailers are fully GxP compliant and offer state-of-the-art technology for temperature controlled transports, including dual temperature, double-deck equipment, TAPA (Transport Asset Protection Association) compliant integrated security locks to be opened remotely with a unique code, integrated control panel, printer for temperature report and GPS control for positioning, temperature, door sensors, coupling and technical status," the company said.
Commenting to WorldCargo News on the cargo monitoring system, Kuehne + Nagel further explained that it monitors temperature during transit inside the trailer via four sensors. Real time and historic temperature data as well as location and door opening data are available remotely, while any temperature adjustment needed in transit is performed by the driver at the trailer directly.
Currently the trailers have a printer for producing a temperature report. Khuene + Nagle said it is technically possible to have remote access to temperature data, and it is currently working on a solution to make this available to customers via its online platforms.