In a surprise development Bolloré Logistics has changed up its supply chain model, opting to move its pharmaceutical logistics flows from air to sea, tapping its new Asia Cross-Dock Healthcare Hub in Singapore.
In what could be seen as a warning shot across the bow for the air cargo sector, the logistics company cited transparency, environment and somewhat surprisingly, security, as rationale for the shift.
“The switch from air to ocean solution aims to bring along better supply chain security, cost savings, end-to-end visibility, and lower carbon footprint,” Bolloré says.[pullquote]The switch from air to ocean solution aims to bring along better supply chain security, cost savings, end-to-end visibility, and lower carbon footprint.” – Bolloré Logistics.[/pullquote]
The Singapore cross-dock hub is the result of a collaboration between Bolloré and an unspecified US-based pharmaceutical company described as “one of the leading figures in biopharma industry with an extremely strong focus on treatments for diabetes and oncology”.
Bolloré says the opening of the Asian cross-dock hub brings with it a new distribution plan which plays a central role in the logistics management of products from the pharmaceutical plants in US and Europe to the countries of its Asian markets. Under the new supply chain model, the logistic flows from origins to destinations will be fully handled and monitored by the international network of Bolloré Logistics.
The new facility comprises a fully GDP1 and GMP2-compliant healthcare warehouse located in one of Singapore’s Free Trade Zones. The company says it has created a solution that is capable of fast turnaround while ensuring the products are stored in their optimal storage temperature environment – a criteria that is extremely critical for pharmaceutical cold chain management.
“This project would not be possible without the meticulous planning and involvement of the teams from both companies,” says Remi Lefevre, general sales manager at Bolloré Logistics Singapore. “With the first shipment already in motion, we are extremely proud to announce that the cross dock hub is officially in operations,” he said at the opening on Tuesday.