Schiphol Cargo eBook provides guidance for pharma logistics managers

by Press Release on 2015-12-16 00:10:06


Pharma Ebook Pharma logistics professionals who succeed in transforming their supply chain will have a major impact on their organisation’s success. In fact, those who innovate best will position themselves to transform logistics from a cost centre to a true source of competitive advantage.

This is one of the main conclusions from the eBook “Vision Pharma Logistics 2020: Insights and practical advice”, published by Schiphol Cargo – the dedicated cargo department of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The e-Book is the result of interviews with seven experts in the pharma and pharma logistics sectors: Rinus Govers, Supply Chain Manager at uniQure; Judith Schut, Supply Chain Manager EMEA at Konica Minolta Medical; René Tjong Tjin Tai, CEO at Dyzle; Nina Heinz, Global Head of Network & Quality at LifeConEx/DHL Global Forwarding; Ryan Viegas, VP Supply Chain and Procurement at Watson Pharma (Actavis); Renate de Walle, Director Product Market Group Pharmaceutical Logistics, Air France, KLM & Martinair; and Antoinette van Kempen, Lead Auditor at SGS Netherlands.

Recognising the fast-changing conditions and regulations affecting pharmaceutical manufacturers when shipping their product globally, the eBook sets out to open pharma logistics managers’ eyes to the opportunities, warn them about the potential pitfalls of international transportation, and provide expert advice on engineering their supply chains up to 2020.

Schiphol Cargo has a history of proactive support for the pharma sector: it launched a unique Pharma and Life science Logistics Steering Group in 2012, which brought representatives of pharma manufacturers together with its own logistics community, government and regulatory bodies for the sharing of problems and solutions. It has also held pharma sector roadshows in India and the USA, and has organised pharma shipper forums at international logistics conferences.

Schiphol is an important European gateway for pharma traffic, which is significant both in volume and value. The airport community possesses sophisticated pharma handling and forwarding facilities. The airport facilitates safe and efficient pharma transportation via airfreight, by uniquely making direct airside access available to forwarders. Several forwarders’ facilities are GDP-accredited.

Says Schiphol Cargo’s Business Development Director, and pharma logistics expert, Bart Pouwels: “Today’s pharma logistics professionals face a market in the midst of major change and innovation. Pharma supply chains have grown highly complex due to multiple factors, including market expansion on both the supply and demand sides, and more stringent product quality requirements.”

“Vision Pharma Logistics 2020: Insights and practical advice” is free, and can be downloaded here

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Cargo at a glance:

Third largest cargo airport in Europe
Schiphol’s air cargo community employs over 26,000 people.
1.63 million tonnes of cargo in 2014 (+6.7%)
319 scheduled airline destinations in 95 countries
103 scheduled airlines
28 scheduled freighter operators
438,300 aircraft movements in 2013, (including 16,568 freighter flights)
22 dedicated full freighter Cat 8/9 stands
5 main runways, ranging from 3,400 – 3,800 metres in length
Ready to handle multiple A380s & B747-8Fs
7 cargo handling companies
400,000 m2 of cargo warehouses, of which 60% have direct air side access
11,000 m2 of new cargo buildings under construction with direct air side access
Airside access for logistic service providers
Extensive facilities for perishables and pharma/life science cargo in multiple controlled-temperature zones, featuring refrigerated/deep-freezer and heated storage/handling facilities;
X-Ray screening, high-security handling and storage for valuables, hazardous and radioactive goods handling, outsize/heavy cargo handling, mortuary
2 livestock/bloodstock handling centres with vets and health officials on hand 24/7
Express/Courier Centre
Transit Zone, Free Port/Foreign Trade Zone.
150+ logistic service providers situated at or near Schiphol
50%+ of all American and Asian European Distribution Centres located in the Netherlands
Airport-seaport synergies: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol close to Ports of Rotterdam and  Amsterdam
Unparalleled European road feeder and distribution network
25+ airfreight hauliers operate from the airport