Specialists in healthcare logistics are founding first European network for life science transports

17 Dez 2021
Specialists in healthcare logistics are founding first European network for life science transports
Rangel is one of the seven companies specialized in healthcare logistics that have entered into the alliance Skandi Network, the first international GDP-compliant temperature-controlled distribution network dedicated to life science goods. 

"More and more companies in the healthcare industry are looking for best-in-class international transport and distribution solutions according to the rules of EU-Good Distribution Practice (GDP)”, says Rudy Smets, Managing Director of the newly founded network. 

Nuno Rangel, CEO of Rangel Logistics Solutions, points out that a main asset of Skandi Network is "a unique digital collaborative information platform system called CIPS – Collaborative Information Platform System, developed for the network.” CIPS’s   task is to integrate all the data from the members’ own IT systems and make it accessible through one common frontend. "If you take a shipment from Denmark to Portugal for example, then with CIPS it will be possible for the shipper, the consignee and for all the partners to have a complete temperature curve of the shipment directly after the delivery scan.” The information will be given on a shipment as well as on a parcel level. Therefore, CIPS will make it easy for new members to connect to the platform as they can go on using their existing software and hardware. Furthermore, the information about where a shipment is, where it should go to and what the temperature is, facilitates multi country shipment consolidation in one of the 10 strategic regional consolidation platforms of Skandi Network. "And last but not least”, Wilkinson adds, the tool gives clients and end customers access to this information in real time providing full transparency”.

Another main differentiator in comparison to existing transport networks is the 100 % focus of Skandi Network on life science products. This includes the distribution of pharmaceuticals, biomedicals, diagnostics, medical devices, and vaccines to virtually all hospitals, pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, care facilities, doctors, veterinarians, laboratories, home patients, pharmaceutical field service organizations and sales representatives. Most of these products are temperature-sensitive and require active temperature-controlled environments like 2-8 °C, 15-25 °C or even -25°C. Focus will be on parcel and 1 up to max 5 pallet shipments per consignment.  

Members from UK to Turkey, from Poland to Portugal

The members of the network and the respective countries in which they will provide service are: Arra Group (Poland), BHS Logistics (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), BL Turkey Biopharma Logistics (Turkey),  Eurotranspharma (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia and also Germany, Austria and Slovenia via its existing local partner), Movianto (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), PHSE (Italy), Rangel Logistics Solutions (Portugal). This means that members of SKANDI Network cover 25 countries right from the start. The aim of SKANDI Network is to have members covering 36 countries by 2025 latest. In total the network members have more than 4.000 employees, operate 4.780 temperature-controlled vehicles, 10 strategic regional consolidation platforms, 165 temperature controlled depots and transport 14.750.000 temperature controlled shipments per year.

On a worldwide level, Life Logistics Network has joined SKANDI Network as a "Supporting Partner” of the network. The same applies in the opposite direction.  Life Logistics Network is a global network composed of top-class pharmaceutical forwarders around the world who will have access to SKANDI Network.