[photopress:logistics_yum.jpg,full,alignright]World Courier has great expertise in cold chain networks. These are used, obviously, for frozen foods. And, at a higher level for biological specimens and investigational drugs and, at a lower level, for dead bodies although the companies concerned do not emphasize this over much.
Now World Courier has extended its network within China to 36 major cities with cold chain transport services and supplies to every clinical trial location currently approved by the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration. Which is praiseworthy.
Henning Voss, director for World Courier, North Asia said, ‘China is poised to become the fourth largest pharmaceutical market by 2012. With our new operational network in place, we look forward to helping pharmaceutical companies, central labs and clinical research organizations improve their supply chain efficiencies in this vital, but complex country.’
It appears that in China cold chain distribution has been a huge stumbling block for large western fast food outlets.
McDonald’s and KFC have their own networks, and in April, the most splendidly named Yum! Restaurants China opened a 12,000 square meter distribution centre to provide cold chain distribution services to more than 400 stores in Guangzhou and surrounding cities.
Yum! China — the subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc, the world’s biggest restaurant company — runs more than 2,000 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut chains and has 16 distribution centers in the country. It plans to open 300 stores in the mainland this year and its own cold chain network.
Source: CargoNews Asia