Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has signed an agreement with Cold Box Express to offer innovative shipping solutions for temperature-sensitive cargo.
Cold Box offers an active temperature-control pallet shipper, designed for mixed-load ground transportation. The shipper is a pallet-sized interior compartment with precise temperature control and range, extended hold times, and 24/7 near-real-time tracking and monitoring.
Under the terms of the partnership, Agility will test one Cold Box as part of a pilot to move cargo for pharmaceutical customers in India. The device will be used for LCL reefer shipments, as well as to move pharmaceutical products to difficult-to-reach locations, areas prone to power cuts, and for last-mile delivery.
Agility will be testing the product initially in the Indian market before a formal launch for customers. While the partnership is limited to India at this time, Agility and Cold Box hope to expand the partnership to Southeast Asian, European and Middle Eastern markets.
“At Agility, we believe in offering unique, cost-effective solutions that can help customers achieve a more secure cold chain. In the Indian market, where temperatures rise to over 45°C, moving temperature-sensitive cargo can be a challenge. Cold Box’s solution is easy to handle, and perfectly suited to our customers’ needs,” said Satish Lakkaraju, Chief Commercial Officer for Agility India, about the partnership.
Speaking about the partnership Cold Box Express CEO Foster McDonald said, “We see our product perfectly suited for the Indian and other South Asian markets where temperature variations are extreme and traditional passive solutions fall short.”
Agility is one of the largest freight forwarders and logistics providers in India, where it operates from 55 locations and controls 140,000 square meters of warehouse space, covering all major ports, airports and inland locations in the country. In the pharmaceutical sector, Agility helps companies move, store, distribute and manage goods in the highly attractive Indian market and helps Indian companies looking to explore opportunities outside of the country.