The pharmaceutical supply chain needs to navigate many challenges all while putting security, visibility and traceability on top of the requirements’ list.
Pharmaceutical supply chains are inherently challenging considering the nature of the goods being shipped. Their highly specialized, sensitive, life-impacting and thus also valuable characteristics explain why the pharma supply chain needs to be highly performant, secure and controllable. The handling, packaging and transporting of the goods needs to be done with the utmost care and documentation including customs-specific documents and dangerous goods documents. Finally, traceability and visibility play an especially important role to prevent theft, counterfeiting, contamination or damage due to disruptions in the (cool) chain.
Further more common but equally important challenges are internationally distributed supply chain partners, sites, markets and regulations as well as the need for data-driven supply chain optimization and reliable processes to guarantee stable performance in every step of the chain.
The answer to these challenges is simple: leveraging automotive transport software to digitalize the supply chain process. A crucial part of this is the deployment of a cloud-based Transportation Management System (TMS).