Articles by Tom Grubb
As Manager of Cold Chain Strategy, Grubb leads global time and temperature sensitive logistics services for American Airlines Cargo. A 21 year veteran of American’s Cargo division, Grubb previously served in Operations as Manager of Customer Service Strategy where he was pivotal in the development of American’s Active and Passive cold chain services, ExpediteTC. During his tenure with American Airlines Cargo, he has implemented strategic sales initiatives as well as operational solutions for American’s product and services portfolio. Grubb is currently a member of the IATA Time and Temperature Task Force (TTTF).
In addition to Grubb’s role in Operations, he has served in other management roles at American Airlines Cargo including Global Accounts Sales, Capacity and Pricing Management and Information Systems development.
Protecting temperature-sensitive air cargo in the cold chain is not a casual endeavor. It takes planning, training, and constant attention to time and conditions to guard the viability of delicate pharmaceuticals on their journey to the patient. This kind of proactive effort is as critical for each shipment as it is for the wider challenge of enhancing and improving the cold chain. This article...Full Article »
In the pharmaceutical cold chain, all logistics partners share the common goals of safe and successful product transportation and by consequence, patient health and safety. Planning for temperature-sensitive shipments supports effective logistics, but just as important is an ongoing review of the results. This is what allows cold chain providers to identify challenges and find ways to address...Full Article »
As the saying goes, “there is no I in team.” There’s no “I” in cargo either. Particularly in the cold chain, it takes a coordinated team to safely move temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals from manufacturer to patient. When it comes to developing and implementing the programs that guide air cargo across oceans and continents, shippers, forwarders, and air carriers...Full Article »
The international cold chain thrives on partnership. When moving life-saving drugs to markets around the world, the foundation for preserving product viability is ensuring shippers can access the necessary logistics capabilities for their delicate pharmaceutical cargo. Choosing the right partners who can satisfy product and shipper needs does not just impact the bottom line. It is essential for...Full Article »
Cold chain shipping is a team effort. Knowledgeable cold-chain professionals employ a team of trained specialists, and most shipments require more than one logistics provider. Preserving product efficacy in the cold chain relies on the collaborative efforts of all these participants. In working together, however, there is no single practice that can guarantee cold chain integrity.Rather,...Full Article »
A chain is composed of linked segments; without those links, it is not a chain. This is an obvious point but one that is sometimes glossed over in cold chain shipping. The old adage that you are only as strong as your weakest link is appropriate. Each logistics provider is critical, but it is the strength of the connections between providers that creates a durable cold chain through which...Full Article »
The number of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products is growing, as is the worldwide demand for these highly sensitive goods. Patients in developing as well as emerging markets rely on the fast, safe delivery of life-saving drugs and vaccines, and this is driving an ever-more valuable market for cold chain logistics, estimated to reach $9.3 billion by 2017, according to the Biopharma Cold...Full Article »
Moving temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals by air transport is an awesome responsibility. Biotech and pharmaceutical products are among the commodities with the highest value per air-lifted pound. Just one LD3 container can be worth $20 million or more. At the same time, these products save lives, and regardless of monetary value, ensuring that these critical shipments reach the end-user on...Full Article »
Moving cold chain cargo is like a football match. Players move down the field, encountering a path full of obstacles, threatening to make them lose the ball. To succeed, the team must decide each player’s role and responsibilities – critically – before the match. The same logic is essential in cold chain logistics, and the tool that helps make this possible is the Standard...Full Article »
Businesses are becoming increasingly cost-conscious, looking for ways to reduce expenses and better compete in a tough economy. In weighing any cost-saving measure, however, a company must also evaluate the ramifications from eliminating an expense. In logistics, moving time- and temperature-sensitive cargo means navigating a range of temperatures encountered in transit. For passive shipments,...Full Article »Events of Interest