MEMPHIS, Tenn., FedEx Corp. has expanded its temperature controlled packaging (TCP) portfolio to include a new “cold shipping” packaging option for customers that require a refrigerated environment of 2-8° Celsius up to 96 hours for their shipments.
The new packaging will be of particular benefit to the healthcare industry, as it is easy to use, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly, the company said in a release.
The patented system, built by NanoCool, achieves a temperature of 4°C in less than five minutes without the use of gel packs or dry ice. The packaging device maintains its exacting “cold ship” temperature requirements with a special cooling system that evaporates water over time, a process that is activated by merely pushing the button inside the box.
“The demand for global temperature-controlled shipping is growing quickly and FedEx Healthcare Solutions is growing right along with it,” said Carl Asmus, vice president, Supply Chain Solutions & Market Development, FedEx Services. “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.”
The system includes the following benefits, according to FedEx:
Reliable maintenance of a 2-8°C environment for up to 96 hours from activation without gel packs or dry ice
Simple, easy-to-use product with no refrigeration, frozen preparation or “pre-conditioning” steps required
Smaller, lighter packaging that weighs less than half of some gel-pack systems
No complex assembly needed; the package arrives ready for use
Packaging that’s easier to dispose of than gel packs and produces less packaging waste
Regulatory compliance for both infectious substances (UN3373 only) and non-infectious clinical samples
The packaging can also be used in combination with the SenseAwareSM technology and FedEx Priority Alert™ services, and is part of the broad portfolio of FedEx healthcare solutions. For temperature-controlled shipments, FedEx also recently introduced new features for its FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution, a service that maintains a temperature of below -150°C for up to ten days. The FedEx Thermal Blanket Solution, also available to customers via its global Healthcare Solutions division, is designed to maintain controlled room temperature requirements during transit.