Pharma.Aero and the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) are partnering to drive quality improvements within the global pharma air cargo supply chain.
The two industry associations say the memorandum of understanding (MoU) focuses on the importance of developing air cargo supply chains to handle and transport pharmaceuticals, especially for the last mile delivery, in humanitarian contexts or in crisis situations,
This collaboration will see the two combine forces on strategic projects aimed at improving quality in the global air cargo industry, with a focus on crisis-prone countries, as well as emergencies and humanitarian projects.
The first such joint project will look at improving access to difficult to reach locations through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technology.
Jeremy Mitchell, director of Pharma.Aero stresses the importance of this new collaboration: “By joining forces with HLA, we bring the Human Interest aspect into the Pharma.Aero network and platform. This will create more leverage and added value in all our undertakings as well as broaden our scope and impact when reaching out to the entire pharmaceutical air cargo supply chain,” Mitchell adds.
“HLA aims to increase understanding and forge alliances between aid organisations, the private, public and academic sectors” says George Fenton, chief executive of HLA.
“The newly formed partnership with Pharma.Aero will enable us to add significant value to our network and gear up the effectiveness and efficiency of members by raising awareness of standards, facilitating access to training and career development opportunities, and encourage collaboration among a broader range of humanitarian logisticians,” he says.
Trevor Caswell, vice chairman Pharma.Aero and responsible for Projects, points out that both organisations share the same vision – being a neutral platform of international best-practice and knowledge sharing, alongside fostering community collaboration by trust.
“In setting up joint projects that emphasise the growing importance – both for the rapidly changing aid system as well as for the supply chain – of ‘local actors’ and ‘last mile’, we can create added value,” Caswell says.