How Sanofi will save $3 million in packaging costs

Sanofi partnered with Sonoco ThermoSafe to design and qualify a passive pallet shipper to lower their total cost of order fulfillment including labor, packaging, and lease costs. Meanwhile they would benefit from better flight availability with onsite ready-to-use pallet shippers.

Pallet as Payload

Historically, Sanofi has relied heavily upon active heating and cooling shipping systems for their international shipments for pallet and less-than-pallet product loads.

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Temperature Controlled Packaging: Considerations You Might Not Know

Discussion Points

  • Temperature spread based on refrigerant coverage
  • Conditioning – Cold Shock and Refrigerant Bench Times
  • Product Mass and Temperature
  • Opening up Product Temperature Range
  • Ambient Profile and Cost
  • Universal vs Seasonal Solutions
  • Shipping a Box on its Side
  • Cost versus Insulation Choice
  • Cost Versus PCM Choice


Defining: ISCgold® and ISCsilver® Ambient Temperature Profiles

ISC Ambient Temperature Profiles

ThermoSafe understands the importance of shipping temperature-sensitive products with confidence.   Reliable packaging systems that effectively control the temperature of products during transport and distribution are vital to maintaining the integrity of those products. The ability to accurately predict and adapt to temperature fluctuations encountered during shipping has a direct impact on the quality of the temperature assurance packaging solution.

The selection of an ambient temperature profile is a critical starting point.   Currently, there are no industry standards for the development of ambient temperature profiles. The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) has published several profiles over the years (5B, 7D, 7E). However, these profiles are only representative of specific distribution practices, modes, and lanes, and are not generally accepted among global regulatory authorities. Choosing the right ambient profile requires detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of the distribution environment through which the package must travel.

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