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FedEx expands temperature controlled packaging portfolio for healthcare industry

Transportation, e-commerce and business services provider FedEx has announced the addition of a new ‘cold shipping’ packaging option to its temperature controlled packaging (TCP) portfolio.

The new packaging option, which will be beneficial for the healthcare industry, has been introduced for customers, who require a refrigerated environment of 2-8°C up to 96 hours for their shipments.

The packaging is easy to use and said to be cost-effective as well as environmentally-friendly.

Built by NanoCool, the system achieves a temperature of 4°C in a short span of time without the use of gel packs or dry ice.

According to FedEx, the packaging device has a special cooling system that maintains its exacting ‘cold ship’ temperature requirements and evaporates water over time.

FedEx Services supply chain solutions & market development vice president Carl Asmus said FedEx Healthcare Solutions is growing along with the demand for global temperature-controlled shipping.

"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," Asmus added.

The system has a smaller, lighter packaging that weighs less than half of some gel-pack systems, and requires no complex assembly.

Benefits also include regulatory compliance for both infectious substances and non-infectious clinical samples.

Said to be part of the broad portfolio of FedEx healthcare solutions, the packaging can also be used in combination with the SenseAware technology and FedEx Priority Alert services and has been designed to meet the sensitive shipping needs of FedEx customers.