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Introducing the Industry’s First Academic Offering to Train and Certify Cold Chain Packaging Professionals

Certification Program for Design, Development and Distribution of Temperature Controlled Packaging

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Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched the industry’s first academic offering to train and certify cold chain packaging professionals globally. The certification program was developed by Sonoco ThermoSafe’s ISCLabs in partnership with The Packaging School; Dr. R. Andrew Hurley, assistant professor of packaging science at Clemson University; and an advisory panel of pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, logistics providers and industry experts.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe Launches 3-Day and 5-Day Shipping Solutions for Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals and Biologics

New ZERO Bench-Time® shippers optimize inventory, provide lowest total cost of ownership


Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched a robust and efficient line of 3-Day and 5-Day temperature controlled packaging solutions for the distribution of pharmaceutical and biological products. The Certis platform provides solutions for products that need 2-8°C, 15-25°C and frozen temperature control. Each solution features a universal pack-out design for use in both hot and cold seasons while accommodating the demands of cross-hemispheric shipments.

“The Certis platform revolutionizes inventory management and reduces total cost of ownership by utilizing three types of refrigerants and eight shippers to create 24 shipping solutions,” said Vishal Khushalani, director of global marketing and business development, Sonoco ThermoSafe. “Our innovative designs ensure ease of personnel training by utilizing the same refrigerant pack-out for 3-Day or 5-Day shipments. Simply substitute the outer insulated shipper to alter the duration. Our unique ZERO Bench-Time® technology enables customers to immediately pack-out each solution, which significantly reduces assembly time and space requirements.”

Russell Grissett, vice president of Sonoco ThermoSafe, added, “As shipments of pharmaceuticals and biologics increase globally, we are proud to present an entire range of parcel shipping solutions that can maintain strict temperatures in excess of 120 hours. Innovations like the Certis Platform are focused on helping our customers simplify their operations while maintaining product efficacy across their global supply chain.”

The Certis Platform is designed to Sonoco ThermoSafe’s ISC regional and global temperature profiles for shipping in excess of 3-Days and 5-Days respectively. Solutions for 2-8°C, 15-25°C and frozen are available in payload sizes of 6L, 14L, 26L and 56L in both U.S. and European facilities.

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Cardinal Health & Sonoco ThermoSafe Partnership Honored as Merit Finalist at 2016 HDMA Conference

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From left: Perry Fri, HDMA; Chris Anderson, Cardinal Health; and John Gray, HDMA.

HDMA gave honors to a partnership between Cardinal Health Inc. and Sonoco ThermoSafe, which was recognized in the Merit Finalist category. Together, the companies established a sustainable, cost-saving, bulk cold-chain pallet shipper/delivery system in 2015.

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Biopharma Temperature Controlled Logistics Approaches $13 Billion Globally


Source: Pharmaceutical Commerce

Preliminary data from Pharmaceutical Commerce’s annual Biopharma Cold Chain Sourcebook shows that managing the transportation of temperature-controlled products (refrigerated and frozen) will total $12.6 billion this year, continuing an 8–9%/yr growth rate that is roughly double that of pharma products overall (Fig. 1). The report, now in its seventh edition, pegs non-cold-chain pharma logistics costs at $78.8 billion and rising at the 4–5% growth rate of pharma volumes. By 2020, pharma cold-chain logistics will be worth $16.7 billion, and non-cold chain at $77.1 billion.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe Launches Global Survey to Assess Current and Future State of Clinical Trial Supplies

Sonoco ThermoSafe has launched a global survey in partnership with Arena International Events Group and Berlinger & Co. AG to gain a deeper understanding of the rapidly evolving clinical trial supply market. The intent of the comprehensive and forward-looking survey is to assess current and future trends across four key areas: logistics, supply challenges, technology and innovation. The survey will be open until October 31, 2016 at

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Sonoco Listed in World’s Most Admired Once Again

FortuneSonoco has been selected for Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the packaging sector. Sonoco ranked first in Financial Soundness and second in Innovation, People, Social Responsibility and Quality of Products/Services. Sonoco ranked second overall in the packaging sector.

“We are honored to be named to Fortune’s Most Admired list again this year, and specifically proud of our overall second place ranking,” said Jack Sanders, president and CEO. “We have always subscribed to the guiding principle that People Build Businesses by Doing the Right Thing, and Sonoco’s success starts with our associates. Whether judged on financial responsibility, innovation, quality of products and services or anything else, we owe success to our 21,000 employees across the globe.”

Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Executives, directors and analysts rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

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Cardinal Health Saves $10.7 Million: A Cold Chain Management Success Story

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Chris Anderson (left), Cardinal Quality Systems Director,
checks out the 884 bulk solution on the floor.

Pharmaceutical Commerce explores the near decade long story of Cardinal Health’s journey to a simpler, more efficient pharma supply chain.

“This started out as almost a test project because I had recently been trained in Six-Sigma quality practices, and was looking for an internal project with which I could earn my Black Belt. But the success of each project generated momentum for the next, bigger project, and with the strong backing of my management, we’ve been able to produce significant savings and quality improvements in our organization.” – Chris Anderson

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Sonoco ThermoSafe Launches Revolutionary Design for Temperature-Sensitive Bulk Air Shipments

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New shipper optimizes cargo capacity, maximizes air freight savings for shipping biologics and pharmaceutical products

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched one of its most innovative bulk temperature-controlled solutions to optimize air shipments of temperature-sensitive biologics and pharmaceutical products for durations exceeding five days. The new Quarter PMC pallet shipper platform maximizes the space on an LD7 PMC air pallet used in wide-body aircrafts. The platform includes solutions for 2-8°C, 15-25°C and frozen temperature ranges. Each solution has a universal pack-out design to be used in both hot and cold seasons while also accommodating the demands of cross-hemispheric shipments.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe Launches Reusable Container for Blood Transport & Storage


Container will help hospitals and blood banks

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading supplier of temperature assurance packaging, has launched a revolutionary new product for the transport and temporary storage of red blood cells and platelets.  Following years of end-user research, the innovative Via® Blood Transporter incorporates leading-edge technology in phase change and insulating material to ensure ultimate temperature protection, while its ergonomic features aid in the fast and efficient conveyance of blood when it matters most.

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