Warehouse automation as the right solution for the needs of pharmaceutical companies, capable of ensuring just-in-time, accurate and efficient logistics. This was the topic addressed by the Ferretto Group during the webinar "La Supply Chain del Pharma - The Pharma Supply Chain" webinar organized by the Logistica Efficiente portal (LogisticaEfficiente.it). In addition to illustrating the concrete benefits offered by automatic storage systems, and in particular by vertical storage systems, Gabriele Ferretto, Vertical Sales Specialist of the Group, also described the solution developed for Copan Wasp S.r.l. with the installation of three Vertimag storage systems.
The Pharma Supply Chain: A booming market
According to estimates by consulting firm Grand View Research, the global market for pharmaceutical logistics, after reaching a turnover of more than 75 billion euros in 2018, will continue to grow at a fast pace until 2028. Despite the Covid crisis, the size of the global pharmaceutical logistics market was estimated at $73.3 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5% from 2021 to 2028.
Pharma logistics is related to the storage and distribution of medicines, active ingredients, and organic products, from the supplier to the final point of sale: public pharmacies, hospital pharmacies or even e-commerce stores.
The main needs of the sector are:
New strategies to ensure cost-effectiveness
In the pharmaceutical sector, the supply chain plays a more and more important role in optimizing costs, performance and quality. In this context, delays can be a very serious problem and production planning plays a strategic role.
For this reason, companies are continually facing critical challenges:
The strategic role of automation
Speed, accuracy and proper preservation of products have become paramount needs of the end customers in the pharmaceutical sector. This leads to increasingly just-in-time logistics, in which automated storage and handling solutions can play a key role. Automation guarantees flexibility, accuracy and efficiency in the storage of products, in the management of stock, and in the preparation and shipment of orders.
The above requirements are met, for example, by the Vertical Lift Module Vertimag, the ideal solution for storing and managing material of any shape, weight, and size.
In addition to maximizing the use of the vertical space and reducing the footprint down to 1/10 compared to traditional racking systems, with the Vertimag storage system pharma companies can:
Copan Wasp S.r.l. is a manufacturer of automation equipment for microbiology laboratories and is part of the Copan Group, a leader in the production of swabs and sample transportation and storage systems. The company decided to revise its logistics structure by expanding its hub in Brescia and investing in automatic solutions for the storage of its products, with some specific objectives:
With Vertimag, logistics is faster, smarter, and more accurate
The Ferretto Group responded to Copan's needs by designing and building 3 new-generation Vertimag vertical storage systems with a footprint of just 44 square meters and a storage capacity of 418 square meters. The machines, designed in accordance with local anti-seismic regulations, made it possible to reorganize the stored goods in an orderly and traceable manner, as well as make handling faster and safer. With concrete benefits: