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that provides logistics and fulfilment services with the aim
of maximising supply chain
3PL providers excel in inventory storage, distribution
and transportation functions
which are customised as per
client needs. These needs are
based on existing industry
and market conditions, such
a s t he requ i rement s a nd
demands of the market and
delivery (service time) for
The pharmaceutical industries deal in intensive and
critical products that need to
be delivered on time because
of their crucial nature. The
modern supply chain within
the pharmaceuticals domain is
quite complex. Medicinal
drugs are developed by sourcing ingredients from different
locations. Transportation of
components and final drugs
from one destination to another can cause substandard or
contaminated products to infiltrate the market. Thus, special
care and attention needs to be
given while designing supply
chain of pharmaceutical products, and therefore, logistics of
such products becomes a critical activity.
of pharmaceutical products
(both domestic and global logistics) is an important feature
for 3PL servicing the industry.
This requires a seamless IT
and electronic infrastructure
that can connect procurement,
booking, allocation, tracking
and other processes. Another
feature to look at is trade and
regulatory compliance across
borders to ensure smooth delivery of goods.
Given the complexity as
well as criticality of pharmaceuticals and its supply chain,
there are a few hurdles for
3PLs in this domain, which
arise because of the high-value and need for timely delivery of products.
On-time delivery to ensure
patients and the needy has
Adherence to laws of various countries
Contamination-free delivery to avoid hazardous consequences
Temperature compliance so
that the drugs are fit to use
Efficient reverse logistics to
ensure expired drugs are returned to the manufacturer.
hat kind of logistics
solutions do V-Trans
offer for biological drugs?
Has there been a focus on
pharma all along since the
V-Trans India handles the entire gamut of supply chain
activities of pharmaceutical
consignments right from the
sourcing stage– from raw material procurement, packaging material movements, to
finished products through
full truckload (FTL) and express part truckload services
(PTL), through aligning pickups utilising third-party vendors. Besides primary and
outbound movements also
cover sample and promotional mater ial dispatc hes to
Because of our strength in
surface transport, express
cargo, as well as warehousing– through our V-Logis division, we are the preferred
choice for pharma companies.
re you being opportunistic in picking up pace
in this line of business?
Other than simple growth,
how have your investments
been into dedicated coldchain as well as pharma
We are closely following the
trends, especially in online
pharmacy where a lot of action is happening now both in
the B2B and B2C segments.
This requires integration of
technology, automation, barcode scanning, etc. to complement the operating ecosystem.
We are planning our investments accordingly. We
have been building up on our
infrastructure to increase
required standard operating
procedure (SOPs) for handling,
control tower operations for
tracking vehicle movements,
complete automation of the
pickup and delivery process,
delivery time delta to maintain
turnaround time (TAT), and a
dedicated team to monitor and
control shortages and damages
in transit so as to assist clients
in any query.
hat is the revenue
share from the healthcare and pharma logistics
solutions portfolio? Which
pharma companies are using your services currently?
What do they typically call
on you to do/offer?
V-Trans India handles the entire gamut of
supply chain activities of pharmaceutical
consignments right from the sourcing
stage– from raw material procurement,
packaging material movements, to
warehouse capacity and have
set up a 2 lakh sq ft storage
facility at a prime location in
Bhiwandi that has best-inclass safety measures and is
certified to store class 3, 4, 5, 8
and 9 of hazardous category
chemicals. The warehouse is
named as ‘ChemStore’, and it
is an ambitious project and
going to provide great support
for the category.
hat latest quality management systems and
industry standards have
youn deployed to maintain
compliance and efficiency
in your functionality?
At V-Trans, we believe in quality and for that reason our
company is one of the few in
the industry that is ISO 9001:
2008 certified till branch level.
We ensure compliance to industry standards for pharma
logistics, such as transporting
the shipments only in containerised vehicles, following the
Contribution from the healthcare and pharma logistics
portfolio to the company’s
top-line is around 20%.
A a r t i D r ug s, At u l D r ug
House, BASF, Cipla, Clariant,
Hygienic Research Institute of
India, Geno Pharma, Sanofi,
and Medley Pharma are some
of the renowned healthcare
companies currently benefitting from our services.
here do you see your
in the coming years in the
pharma logistics space?
The ultimate aim is to offer
fully-fledged integrated solutions to the pharma sector,
which would include both inbound and outbound transportation through FTL, express PTL services, and warehousing. We are also looking
to aggressively tap into the
online pharma space though
B2B and B2C movements.
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