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E-commerce packaging pitfalls & opportunities

Two studies look at those aspects of e-commerce retail packaging—product fit, package quality, and incidence of damage—that shape a consumer’s experience with the brand.
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Supplier News
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Saddle Creek hires new logistics IT guru

The new CIO brings decades of information technology and logistics experience to the growing 3PL
Kevin O’Donnell, Senior Partner, Exelsius, is a noted authority in supply chain integrity.
Column/Opinion
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Reevaluating drug product stability can save millions on packaging

Kevin O’Donnell, Senior Partner, Exelsius, is a noted authority in supply chain integrity. In this Q&A he lends his “big-picture” insights regarding distribution practices for time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical/biological products.
Controls Product Brief
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Contemporary Graphic Solutions: Online compliance and productivity

Software services suite handles design, print, and packaging product life cycle aspects to increase efficiencies and financial savings.
GS1 US has published a guideline that details how to implement GS1 Standards to support the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), and enhance patient safety and security in the pharmaceutical supply chain. (This photo is for illustration purposes only.)
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Guideline delineates how to implement GS1 standards

Document provides intelligence to support pharmaceutical lot-level management and future item-level traceability requirements
Onset: Temperature data logger
Machine Product Brief
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Onset: Temperature data logger

HOBO MX1101 transmits temperature and relative humidity data to mobile devices via Bluetooth Smart.
Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Liaison, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
Column/Opinion
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USP to roll out information chapters on Good Distribution Practices

Five new general chapter standards related to GDP to become official next year, when three new chapters will be proposed.
'Explosive growth' projected for cold chain logistic services
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'Explosive growth' projected for cold chain logistics services

Events in Boston and Frankfurt, Germany to reveal late-breaking developments in temperature-controlled packaging, distribution, and logistics.
Column/Opinion
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E-commerce resurfaces

E-commerce currently accounts for about 8% of total retail sales and is predicted to outpace sales growth of brick-and-mortar stores over the next five years with an anticipated $370 billion in e-retail sales by 2017.
Dirk Rodgers, who contributed to Healthcare Packaging’s Pharmaceutical Serialization Playbook, is an independent consultant and founder of RxTrace.
Column/Opinion
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The case for and against RFID in pharma

Reaching necessary read accuracies remains a challenge in pharmaceuticals, but RFID could still prove useful.

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