As per recently released reports, the Indian pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow to USD 100 billion by 2025. Considering India’s position as the largest provider of generic drugs globally and its domestic pharmaceutical market that crossed USD 20 billion in 2019, the need for reliable pharma logistics can hardly be ignored. It is what sets the stage for an expert like Gati to step in with logistics services tailored for the pharma sector.
As the world gradually recovers from the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic and takes fast strides in developing and administering vaccines, pharma and logistics industries stand at the brink of hitherto unforeseen challenges and opportunities as they collaborate to ensure safe, timely vaccine deliveries across India and the world.
It is this plethora of opportunities that drives pharma companies across the country to explore end-to-end logistics solutions from one of India’s premier express distribution and first and last mile logistics companies like Gati.
Nationwide temperature-controlled transportation
When it comes to pharma shipments – Temperature-controlled Logistics, Timelines and Safety are the most critical factors.
Gati’s renowned express distribution capabilities across more than 19,800 PIN Codes in 735 of India’s 739 districts backed by a commitment to safety and adherence to TAT make it among the preferred partners for pharma companies and distributors across the nation.
Right from delivering temperature-controlled Cold Chain Products and Pharma – Distribution of Medicines to pharmacies, or sending medicine samples to doctors and healthcare professionals in various cities, towns and districts, Gati’s Express distribution solutions along with timely last-mile deliveries offer just what pharma companies and distributors need.
Integrated order management, real-time integrated temperature visibility, unmatched GST-ready distribution processes, vehicle tracking facilities and easily accessible temperature alerts and dashboards make Gati a one-stop partner for pharma cold chain services.
An infrastructure that delivers quality
Around 150 vehicles with capacities ranging up to 21 tonnes and equipped to maintain temperatures from -25 to +25 degrees Celsius make it possible for Gati to offer specialised services for the pharma sector. These are bolstered further by the multi-temperature vehicles with partitions that help transport cargo with ultra-specific temperature requirements.
While safety is given utmost importance and any possible disruptions are anticipated and avoided, there is a contingency plan in place to mitigate unforeseen situations at the earliest. Gati has a network of over 200 mechanics and vendors to reach the stop within two hours. What’s more is that its experienced drivers are also trained in basic repair knowledge.
State-of-the-art warehouses strategically located near consumptions centres in the North and West allow for safe storage at all times.
Principles of Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are maintained for pharma deliveries.
Think air, think Gati for end-to-end solutions: Cold Chain and Pharma – Medicines
What sets Gati apart from competition is that its impeccable express distribution services are effectively complemented by robust domestic air freight solutions, opening up avenues to offer truly end-to-end supply chain solutions with speedy deliveries for extremely time-urgent – essential and perishable medicines.
Direct connections to 34 commercial airports across the country ensure deliveries within 24 to 48 hours. Trained staff to handle dangerous goods, tie-up with India’s leading commercial airlines along with the unmatched convenience of multiple cut-offs, late pick-ups and next-day deliveries make Gati an ideal partner for marquee customers in the pharma segment.
Gati’s strategic collaboration with Allcargo adds to its strengths even further, as it opens up the possibilities for offering global transportation to more than 180 countries. This augurs well for pharma companies considering that by November 2020, India had exported pharmaceuticals worth USD 15.86 billion in FY21.
Delivering complete safety with latest technology
At Gati, safety comes first – be it while storage or deliveries. Its FSSAI licensed multi-product facilities, adherence to ISO 22000 – the standards for highest level of food safety, and numerous recognitions for safety best practices bear testimony to this safety-first approach.
When it comes to digitally-enabling operations and transforming to be future-ready, Gati’s progress continues unabated. With developments like instant updates on WhatsApp with Genie, a well-integrated and connected enterprise-wide digital system as well as an upcoming new customer portal, the company is looking ahead to increase efficiencies across the supply chain and offer customers new levels of convenience.
For its pharma deliveries too, Gati offers technology-driven end-to-end traceability and visibility with best-in-class software deployed for automated GPS tracking of temperature and vehicle location.
“For years, leading pharma companies have trusted us for their logistics requirements and now, with the unparalleled reach we offer within India and across the world, we are geared to offer a lot more. This gives us a unique advantage even in terms of partnering with pharma companies and government associations and bodies for swift, timely distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our industry-leading services cut across barriers and help us boost top pharma companies, mid-sized distributors as well as entrepreneurs and SMEs in the pharma sector with solutions that are just right for their diverse needs”, concludes Mandar Babre, Chief Business Development Officer, Gati-KWE.