FedEx Introduces New Cold Shipping Packaging Option.
MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 1, 2013, FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced today that it has expanded its temperature controlled packaging (TCP) portfolio to include a new “cold shipping” packaging option for customers that require a refrigerated environment of 2-8° Celsius up to 96 hours for their shipments. The new packaging will be of particular benefit to the healthcare industry, as it is easy to use, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.
The patented system, built by NanoCool, achieves a temperature of 4°C in less than five minutes without the use of gel packs or dry ice. The packaging device maintains its exacting “cold ship” temperature requirements with a special cooling system that evaporates water over time, a process that is activated by merely pushing the button inside the box.
“The demand for global temperature-controlled shipping is growing quickly and FedEx Healthcare Solutions is growing right along with it,” said Carl Asmus, vice president, Supply Chain Solutions & Market Development, FedEx Services. “With our new cold shipping packaging option, FedEx customers who ship items that require a temperature controlled environment have peace of mind knowing their shipments are in the custodial control of the secure FedEx network.”
FedEx not only delivers a reliable, cost-effective method to transport temperature-sensitive shipments—it provides these services with easy use for customers. The convenient benefits of the system include:
- Reliable maintenance of a 2-8°C environment for up to 96 hours from activation without gel packs or dry ice
- Simple, easy-to-use product with no refrigeration, frozen preparation or “pre-conditioning” steps required
- Smaller, lighter packaging that weighs less than half of some gel-pack systems
- No complex assembly needed; the package arrives ready for use
- Packaging that’s easier to dispose of than gel packs and produces less packaging waste
- Regulatory compliance for both infectious substances (UN3373 only) and non-infectious clinical samples
The packaging, which can also be used in combination with the SenseAwareSM technology and FedEx Priority Alert™ services, is part of the broad portfolio of FedEx healthcare solutions designed to meet even the most sensitive shipping needs of FedEx customers. For temperature-controlled shipments, FedEx recently introduced new features for its FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution, a service that maintains a temperature of below
-150°C for up to ten days. The FedEx Thermal Blanket Solution, also available to customers via its global Healthcare Solutions division, is designed to maintain controlled room temperature requirements during transit.
“The needs of our customers drive us to find new ways to innovate across the business, particularly in the healthcare space,” said Thomas Dale, director, FedEx HealthCare Solutions, FedEx Services. “When it comes to critical, life-saving inventory, we are dedicated to obtaining the latest in cutting-edge cold chain technology to protect these sensitive goods in transit. Our customers depend on us to offer solutions that reflect the speed and temperature specifications that are crucial for their industry.”
To learn more about FedEx cold shipping solutions, visit www.fedex.com/us/healthcare/.
About FedEx HealthCare Solutions
FedEx HealthCare Solutions is committed to offering specialty services to the healthcare industry. In addition to core shipping services, FedEx also offers customized solutions including temperature-controlled ground and air transport, a high degree of visibility and compliance with 24-hour monitoring, and end-to-end solutions to handle storage, fulfillment and distribution of inventory. Features such as the new Boeing 777F aircraft being deployed between the U.S. and Asia also benefit healthcare customers who need shorter transit times and later pickups.
A dedicated healthcare support team works hand-in-hand with companies to engineer ideal solutions to help healthcare customers stay competitive.