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AI in the supply chain: Cold Chain Technologies’ Ranjeet Banerjee

Transportation company relies on AI to deliver COVID-19 vaccines safely and efficiently

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Interview with Ranjeet Banerjee of Cold Chain Technologies (CCT) about the work his company does to transport vaccines and other biologics that need to be temperature controlled. The first episode in the Me, Myself and AI podcast from MITSloan Management Review is well worth a listen.

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript here from MITSloan Management Review

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If 2020 exposed the global food supply chain’s vulnerability, what is in store for 2021?

If 2020 exposed the global food supply chain’s vulnerability, what is in store for 2021?

The pandemic shows no signs of slowing, even with the prospect of a global vaccine rollout on the horizon. The conditions created by it will continue to shape how we choose, consume and make food. But, what does that mean in practice? In short, local supply chains, less labour-intensive methods of production and a more discerning consumer base.

Improved shelf life, taste and pesticide-free growing practices could drive consumer demand for produce grown in controlled environments as trends for 2021 emerge. 

Source: Food Logistics

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Can cheap meat make future pandemics more likely?

Can cheap meat make future pandemics more likely?

South African scientists warn that unless we change our relationship with meat protein, future pandemics look increasingly likely.

The term “once in a generation” has been used frequently to describe the havoc being wreaked by COVID-19. Yet some scientists feel that the current pandemic, which has already infected more than 16 million people and killed more than 600,000 people worldwide, is only a dress rehearsal for an even bigger one.

Source: New Food Magazine

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Waitrose produces first report into how to improve the lives of the women involved in its supply chain

Waitrose produces first report into how to improve the lives of the women involved in its supply chain

Leading UK fresh produce retailer Waitrose says it wants to ‘talk openly about issues’ food producers face, highlighting issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment and women’s land rights.

The retailer said it wants to “talk openly about issues” food producers face, and said that despite continued efforts to protect the welfare and wellbeing of workers, harassment, child slavery, and low pay still exist.

In its new report, Waitrose, and the John Lewis Partnership as a whole, highlighted the likes of discrimination against migrant strawberry pickers in southern Spain, sexual harassment in Egypt, and women’s land rights in Kenya.

Source: FPC FreshtalkDaily

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MSC breaks its reefer record in 2020

MSC breaks its reefer record in 2020

With over 1.9 million reefer containers moved in 2020, MSC broke its previous record of 1.8 million, set in 2019 – ‘another successful year’ for its reefer services, led largely by demand for medicine shipments under temperature-controlled conditions.

The increased capacity has helped service the high volumes of trade activity between Europe and Asia, boosting the trade of food, drinks, pharmaceuticals and other chilled and frozen products.

Giuseppe Prudente, MSC Global Chief Logistics Officer, said, “Reefer containers and temperature-controlled solutions have gained popularity over the course of 2020.

“At MSC, our customers remain our top priority and we’re glad that we’ve been able to keep their reefer operations functioning amid the pandemic.

“The growing demand has also opened up new market possibilities, which we have been able to support thanks to our continual investment in the best technologies for refrigerated transport solutions.”

Source: Port Technology International

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Cold storage construction heats up amid COVID-19 pandemic

Cold storage construction heats up amid COVID-19 pandemic

With a growing number of items that need to be kept at a cool or even freezing temperature, the cold storage business is now booming as vaccines, fresh and frozen foods need to be maintained at the correct temperature.

In addition to large regional facilities, owners and developers are building micro fulfillment centers, said Matt Hirsch, president of Primus Builders. While these smaller structures further reduce the distance between the product and the end customer, they aren’t replacing regional ones.

There still needs to be regional distribution centers to supply the micro fulfillment centers,” he said.

Future projects could also include conversions of a portion of grocery stores into micro fulfillment facilities, according to Hirsch.

You have to be close to where people are in order to meet the demand,” he said.

Source: Construction Dive

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Maersk’s Global Vertical Head of Pharmaceuticals answers questions on its rollout

Maerk’s Global Vertical Head of Pharmaceuticals answers questions on its rollout

Hristo Petkov, Maersk’s Global Vertical Head of Pharmaceuticals and speaker at the forthcoming Containing COVID-19: Containerisation’s role in global vaccine logistics, answers questions on how the vaccine rollout is progressing.

The maritime industry is on course to play a much larger role in the battle against coronavirus as new vaccines come on stream. Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, will inevitably be one of those leading the charge once vaccines can be transported by sea. But how is the vaccine rollout going? And how will it develop? To find the answers to these questions and more, we spoke to Hristo Petkov, Maersk’s Global Vertical Head of Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare.

Petkov spoke to Trans.INFO ahead of his appearance at  Alcott Global’s February Movers and Makers Cold Chain summit, which featured 1-on-1 virtual networking, a panel discussion with experts, and speeches by C-level speakers from Global Manufacturers, NGOs, airlines, airports, ports, 3PLs, and more.

Source: trans.info

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COVAX Vaccine Roll Out Updates

COVAX has now shipped over 17.8 million COVID-19 vaccines since 24 February

For news and updates of the COVAX roll-out, visit the country pages below for the latest on deliveries, campaigns, and the impact these much-needed vaccines are having across the world

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Maersk introduces block train service for PPE transportation

Maersk introduces block train service for PPE transportation to support the delivery of crucial medical equipment from China to Poland.

Maersk launches a dedicated block train service from China to Poland carrying high cube boxes of PPE equipment. Earlier in February, two other major container carriers, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, also announced the start of block train services to meet increased market demand.

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