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How Can I Simplify the Shipping Process for Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals and Biologics?

A new approach to one-way universal shipping has made it far more convenient to send temperature-sensitive healthcare packages.  Key changes in package design allow you to forget the pains of bench-time (or sweat time).  What’s more, SKU management is simplified with four payload sizes to choose from where each size makes use of the same components and the same pack out is used for both 3-day and 5-day shipments.

Watch this video to see how a few innovative changes in package design can radically improve your temperature-sensitive packaging operations.

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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Product Launch Sneak Preview – Certis® Platform

The Certis Platform of shippers are designed to offer operational efficiency and ease of personnel training using ZERO Bench-Time® technology and same pack-out configuration across durations.  These shippers optimize inventory and provide lowest total cost of ownership utilizing only 3 types of bricks and 8 shippers to create 24 shipping solutions across temperature ranges and duration.

2 Durations: 3-DAY | 5-DAY
3 Temperatures: 2-8°C | 15-25°C | <-20°C
4 Payloads: 6L | 14L | 26L | 56L

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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Sonoco ThermoSafe Offers New Reusable Insulated Container

Optimizes storage and transportation of dry ice and perishable goods across global markets

Arlington Heights, Ill. – Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched a new reusable bulk insulated container featuring a 1,200 mm x 800 mm footprint and 440 liters of storage capacity for storing and distributing dry ice and perishable goods globally.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe is Proud to Present New Live Chat Service!

In an effort to promote the highest level of customer engagement and service, ThermoSafe has launched a new live chat platform on our website  We view this as an extension of our Customer Service team, that is available full-time, Monday through Friday to answer any inquiries or questions in a timely manner.  In just a little over 1 month, we’ve fielded 100+ chats for current and prospective customers.  We encourage anyone that has a question pertaining to any part of our business to send us a message, and we’ll take it from there!

Biobased phase change material and expanded polystyrene

Expanded polystyrene, commonly used in coffee cups, coolers and packaging, will dissolve if it comes in contact with most vegetable oils, including biobased phase change material. The phenomenon is proving effective as a “green” solution to reducing EPS waste. But it demonstrates that care must be taken in both the containment and shipment of organic phase change material.

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Thermal Cycling 101

A thermal cycling study is designed to determine the cycling stability of a phase change material. During the study, a PCM goes through 10,000 or more cycles as quickly as possible to see if any thermal or chemical degradation is observed. The results help determine the useful lifetime of a PCM and its suitability for various applications.

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