February 18, 2020: The Cool Chain Association (CCA) members will be joining an advisory board backing a new Cargo iQ initiative for Care Mapping in the temperature-controlled supply chain and initiate the pilot program for the initiative, which aims to develop tools and standards for planning and control, as well as for process and provider evaluation of conditions under which shipments move.
“CCA members are focused on improving the cool chain to help reduce food loss and to ensure that life-saving pharma shipments arrive safely with the patients that need them,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA chairman, and head of global healthcare at Cargolux Airlines. “To achieve true transparency and move the industry forward, it is vital that we collaborate and share knowledge with like-minded stakeholders such as Cargo iQ and its members.”
The pilot program will initially focus on pharmaceuticals, with other special care services, such as valuables, live animals, and perishables, being road-tested once the methodology has been finalised. CCA will also announce a series of new initiatives and events focused on delivering tangible benefits to the temperature-controlled supply chain, in the coming months.
“Cargo iQ works with leading stakeholders such as CCA from across the air cargo industry to test the concept and help develop a simple, scalable method to provide both top-down and bottom-up planning, as well as transparency for all operators in the supply chain,” said Ariaen Zimmerman, executive director, Cargo iQ.
CCA will host two events this year, its eighth Pharma and Biosciences Conference in Vienna, Austria, on the 21st and 22nd September 2020, and a Perishables Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in June.
Cargo iQ will officially launch its Care Mapping Pilot, announcing the companies that are taking part, at the International Air Transport Association (IATA)'s World Cargo Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, on March 11th 2020. The Pilots are open to any relevant company and are not restricted to Cargo iQ members. Cargo iQ will also hold its Annual General Meeting in Istanbul together with announcement of another Pilot on parameters for service differentiation.
Cargo iQ's next working group meeting will be held from 12-14 May 2020.