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Mastering third party logistics in cold chain

GWC’s existing countrywide infrastructure includes vaccine and sample transportation strategies that ensure temperature-controlled transportation. (Image source: GWC)

Qatari logistics group GWC showcases its solutions, which use advanced technology and better transportation

Preserving temperature-sensitive goods is crucial for maintaining supply chain integrity and ensuring the delivery of safe-to-consume products. The cold chain plays a vital role in safeguarding product safety during shipping, transportation, and storage. From pharmaceuticals to food products, there is a growing demand for reliable third-party logistics (3PL) cold chain solutions, with projections indicating a rise to a size of £912.6bn by 2032, up from £232.3bn in 2023, at a CAGR of 16.39% during the forecast period 2024–2032.

GWC’s Group CEO, Ranjeev Menon, stated, “At GWC, we pride ourselves on our expertise in 3PL cold chain logistics. Our comprehensive approach encompasses state-of-the-art infrastructure, advanced technology, rigorous quality control measures, and highly trained and accredited personnel. We offer end-to-end solutions tailored to the unique requirements of each client and their specific cold chain needs.”

Understanding the cold chain

The cold chain refers to the uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activities that maintain a product’s desired temperature range. This process is critical for preserving the quality, efficacy, and safety of temperature-sensitive goods, including food, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines. Any deviation from the specified temperature can compromise the integrity of these products, leading to spoilage, reduced effectiveness, or even safety risks for consumers.

Modern facilities

Central to GWC’s cold chain capabilities are modern facilities equipped with temperature-controlled storage and handling capabilities. These facilities are meticulously designed to maintain precise temperature conditions, ensuring optimal storage for a wide range of temperature-sensitive products. Whether it’s frozen, chilled, or ambient storage, these facilities adhere to the highest industry standards to safeguard product integrity.

Qatar’s first privately-owned 3PL pharmaceutical storage and distribution spans a 25,000m² facility with temperature-controlled, refrigerated, and frozen storage chambers, built and equipped to the latest industry specifications. This facility can store temperature-sensitive products anywhere between -70°C and 25°C across more than 35,000 pallet positions. In addition, GWC’s existing countrywide infrastructure includes vaccine and sample transportation strategies that ensure temperature-controlled transportation, labelling, and tagging.

Cold transportation

Transportation is a critical link in the cold chain and GWC offers specialised transportation solutions to ensure the seamless movement of temperature-sensitive goods. With the largest transport fleet in Qatar under its command, specialised trucks are dedicated to cold transportation. These refrigerated and insulated vehicles are capable of maintaining precise temperature conditions during transit. Whether short-haul or long-haul transportation, drivers are trained to handle sensitive cargo with utmost care and attention to detail.