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Etihad Cargo boosts its PharmaLife product efficiency

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Pharma Champions was developed in full compliance with IATA CEIV Pharma guidelines and enhances Etihad Cargo’s capabilities to deliver consistent standards while transporting this critical cargo via the carrier’s PharmaLife product.

PharmaLife, Etihad Cargo’s award-winning pharmaceutical shipment solution, has achieved significant year-on-year growth. In the last 12 months, Etihad Cargo has recorded a 49 per cent increase in pharmaceutical and life sciences products tonnage compared to the previous year. To meet the increasing demand for both +15 to +25°C Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) and +2 to +8°C Cool Storage (COL) segments, Etihad Cargo has focused on continuous improvement, product enhancements and expanding the carrier’s network, which now serves over 62 destinations worldwide. To strengthen connections between Abu Dhabi and the rest of the world, Etihad Cargo has developed over 1,330 IATA CEIV Pharma and GDP-certified trade lanes, ensuring product integrity during transportation.

Read more here from Etihad Cargo

Offshore sea containers for the oil and gas industry

Offshore sea containers for the oil and gas industry

The oil and gas industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world regarding safety because of the potential harm that can be done to people, the environment, and property. The offshore sector requires safe equipment to operate in a potentially hazardous environment.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the offshore industry in many places has generally required that equipment comply with the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU. This is because compliance means that the equipment has been designed to a much higher standard from the point of view of integrated explosion safety.

Read more here from Klinge.

Flexibility for workers

Staff shortages force 40% of logistics companies to offer flexible working

Two in five (41%) logistics firms are offering more flexible working hours to try to ensure they have enough employees to fill each shift, according to research by Indeed Flex, the online staffing platform for temporary work.

Since the pandemic, staff shortages have been a persistent problem for the warehouse and logistics sector. Two in five logistics firms (39%) say their biggest staffing challenge is ensuring enough employees to fill each shift. 

Since 2019 there has been a 43% rise in the number of job adverts for warehouse staff, with the most significant increase in the North East where demand has nearly doubled, previous analysis of ONS data by Indeed Flex showed. 

Companies previously reluctant to think outside the box

Over a quarter (28%) of professionals in the warehouse and facilities management industry surveyed by Indeed Flex said their biggest staffing challenge is recruitment, while 23% said retaining permanent and contract workers is their biggest problem.

But while firms continue to hunt for staff, it forces many to think outside of the box when filling positions daily to ensure their operations can continue as planned.

Historically, some companies in the sector have been reluctant to offer flexible working hours. Still, competition for staff with other industries that offer such flexibility may lead to a change in attitudes. 

The same proportion of companies also turns to temporary workers to pick up the load. Although the company does not directly employ temporary workers, they can still work regular and consistent shifts for the business. Two in five firms have also increased wages. 

How logistics and warehouse companies are filling vacancies

Filling vacancies

Way of filling vacanciesPercentage of companies doing it
Using temporary workers41%
Offering flexible working hours41%
Increasing wages40%
Upskilling the workforce28%
Introducing bonuses24%
Making the work more engaging – i.e. gamification20%
Introducing non-financial perks16%

Novo Constare, CEO and co-founder of Indeed Flex said: “Not having enough staff has a massive impact on the logistics sector. Deliveries go out as normal but the cost for the employer rises as limited numbers of staff work overtime to ensure the job gets done. This often leads to burnout for employees, meaning more absences and even more positions to fill.

“The fact that two in five logistics firms are turning to temporary workers and increasing wages is a real sign that they are struggling to attract people. Crucially, temporary staff still work regularly and consistently for the same employers meaning they can be an important part of hiring strategies. 

Different methods to recruit staff

“Companies are also using other methods to recruit and retain staff. While the sector has traditionally shied away from offering flexible hours to staff, they are competing for workers with other sectors that are offering much more flexibility over working hours. 

“This is leading to a change in attitudes in the sector, as employers realise flexibility is becoming increasingly important to staff and can differentiate them from other companies in a very competitive industry.”

From ocean to plate: how Maersk is bringing transparency and efficiency to Echebastar’s global supply chain

Maersk's case study: enhancing Echebastar's global supply chain with transparency and efficiency

In this captivating case study, Maersk reveals innovative strategies and technologies to optimise the entire supply chain process.

Uncover how Maersk’s solutions enable Echebastar to track and trace their seafood products, ensuring their journey from the sea to consumers’ plates is seamless and transparent.

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ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution

ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution

ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution
ORBCOMM advances cold chain telematics with temperature monitoring solution

ORBCOMM, a leader in cold chain telematics, is set to revolutionise the European cold chain industry with its advanced temperature monitoring solution, the RT 8000. This innovative solution, expected to be available this summer, aims to enhance visibility, compliance, and cargo integrity for refrigerated vehicles operating across the region.

Improved connectivity

The RT 8000 solution automates operations for customers, offering improved connectivity, faster data access, and wireless sensors that enable digitisation of cold chain decision-making. It caters to various sectors such as food distribution, retail logistics, and pharmaceuticals, empowering operators to track and monitor their temperature-controlled cargo effectively.

As part of a comprehensive cold chain telematics package, the RT 8000 incorporates sensors, connectivity, and the state-of-the-art ORBCOMM platform. It facilitates comprehensive temperature monitoring, fuel management, preventative maintenance, remote control, and more, to reduce the need for frequent field replacements.

Shippers and carriers can make informed decisions in real time by leveraging real-time and historical data and event-based alerts, improving operational efficiency and ensuring regulatory compliance. This safeguards cargo integrity and minimises claims related to loss or damage.

Cold chain traceability 

The RT 8000 boasts enhanced connectivity, increased memory, and three embedded SIMs, enabling fleets to collect reefer data at higher speeds and cost-effective rates. Its future-proofed technology enhances reporting reliability and longevity, while improved compliance ensures adherence to the European standard supporting cold chain traceability.

With multiple new interfaces, the solution offers customers versatility in supporting various visibility, usage, productivity, security, and EBS/TMPS applications. Wireless sensor support for temperature and door monitoring and Tractor ID integration for automated tractor/trailer pairing simplifies installation and facilitates seamless upgrades to cold chain management.

No need for external power

Designed to withstand extreme environmental conditions, the ruggedised RT 8000 carries an IP67-rating and includes an internal battery backup for reporting without external power.

Christian Allred, ORBCOMM’s Executive Vice President of International Sales, expressed excitement about the RT 8000’s forthcoming launch in the European cold chain industry. He emphasised that the solution would provide refrigerated fleets with enhanced visibility, compliance, and operational control.

The improved connectivity, interoperability, and bandwidth of the RT 8000 enable fleets to access more data, make quicker control decisions, and reduce the risk of cargo spoilage, ultimately driving improvements in their bottom line.

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Cool News and Views – March 2023

March 2023

Cool Logistics Global 2023

Our Cool Logistics Global conference takes place 10-12 October in Genoa. We are delighted to have the support of the city of Genoa, working with us to deliver a memorable event during Genoa Shipping week. The Ports of Genoa, RAM Spa (a company of the Italian Ministry of Transport), the Genoa Chamber of Commerce, BIC and CISCo are all part of the community that is supporting our event. Visit our event page here

We hope you enjoy this bumper edition of our newsletter!

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Cool News and Views – February 2023

February 2023

CoolTech 2023 : conference theme announced and pre-registration at discount rate of EUR 795 now open!

Our CoolTech conference takes place 21-22 June in Amsterdam. This is a global forum that brings together operational, technical and technological expertise in refrigerated logistics. We also focus on new technologies, visions and innovations. With our umbrella theme of ‘Towards Net Zero’, our conference agenda is now taking shape. NEWpre-register for our event here with our discount price of just EUR 795!  Visit our event page here 

Cool Logistics Global 2023: conference venue announced

Our Cool Logistics Global conference takes place 10-12 October in Genoa. We’re excited to announce that our venue will be the beautiful Corn Exchange. This event is hosted by Genoa, and our team is working with Ports of Genoa, CISCO, BIC and the Chamber of Commerce to bring you our flagship event as part of the prestigious Genoa Shipping Week. Visit our event page here

Cool Logistics Council: first members announced

The Cool Logistics Council is a new international collective across the cold chain and reefer logistics world. Our aim  is to to exchange views, knowledge and intelligence from the wider cold chain industry. We want to build relations that will help the future of integrated, efficient and sustainable reefer and cold chain logistics. We’ve just announced our first council members – find out more here.

This is the first of our new twice-a-month mini newsletter, so we can bring you more news, more regularly! Keep scrolling to make sure you see all the news stories. Do you have a news story you’d like us to publish? Contact us on

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Cool News and Views – December 2022


We announce our next 2023 event!

CoolTech 2023 dates and location announced 

Amsterdam, 21-22 June, 2023

We are delighted to announce that our 2nd CoolTech forum will take place 21-22 June 2023 at the Steigenberger Hotel, Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. 

Save the date in your calendar

This will be our 2nd CoolTech – our 1st CoolTech 2022 was held in June 2022 and was a great success. Missed it? Visit our event showcase page here

What is CoolTech – a Cool Logistics event?

CoolTech – a Cool Logistics event –  was introduced following industry demand for a dedicated platform to explore global reefer and cold chain technology, and to discuss what needs to change to help this particular sector of the industry move forward. 

Find out more, register your interest or send us a speaker topic idea

by visiting our event page here.

Seasons Greetings from the Cool Logistics team

This is our final bonus newsletter of 2022. We will be back in 2023 and now that we have two events announced – CoolTech in June and Cool Logistics Global in October – it will be a very busy start to 2023. 

Our team wishes you all a healthy and peaceful end to the year and thank you for your continued support of Cool Logistics!

We hope you enjoy our December newsletter – thanks for reading!

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Cool News and Views – November 2022


Cool Logistics Global conference 2023 dates and location announced 

Genoa, 10-12 October, 2023

We are delighted to announce that the 15th Cool Logistics Global conference will take place as part of Genoa Shipping Week, a key event in the maritime industry calendar.  Save the dates to your diary – 10-12 October 2023.

The Cool Logistics team is excited and honoured to be working with Ports of Genoa and the wider maritime community including CISCO to deliver Cool Logistics Global.

We will bring the global cold chain community back together in the Ports of Genoa – Italy’s pre-eminent ports in terms of traffic volumes, product diversity and economic output. Ports of Genoa rank as the leading Mediterranean gateway port for containerised cargo.

Find out more, register your interest or send us a speaker topic idea

..visit our event page here.

We hope you enjoy our November newsletter – thanks for reading!

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Cool News and Views – October 2022

Cool Logistics Global conference 2022 

It was so good to be back!

It was so good to be back at an in-person Cool Logistics conference – we touched down in Barcelona from 19-22 September and our hosts Port of Barcelona made us all feel very welcome.

If you missed it…

vist our event showcase page to catch up here.

We loved networking and and connecting with colleagues….

We are already busy planning for our 2023 event programme, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter OR  follow us on LinkedIn here, so we can keep you posted. 

Don’t just take our word for it…..

“I’m already looking forward to the next year’s edition!” – Joost Heere, Commercial Manager, Lineage Logistics

“Thank you so much, you did a wonderful job with this event” – Elina Klinge, Marketing Lead, Klinge Corporation

“It was a great pleasure both personally and also to connect with the leading ‘cool guys’ of the reefer industry” – Pierre Escodo, Editor and Commercial Director, Eurofresh Distribution

We hope you enjoy our October newsletter – thanks for reading!

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