🇮🇸 Controlant signs strategic partnership agreement with Nippon Express Holdings

June 26, 2024

Controlant has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Nippon Express Holdings, Inc. (President: Satoshi Horikiri), as the world-leading logistics provider prepares to provide a real-time monitoring service for cargos requiring location and strict temperature control.

The NX Group is renowned for its global presence and holds a strong market position in air, sea, rail, and truck transport as well as contract logistics, offering high-quality end-to-end supply chain solutions that seamlessly integrate information technology. The company strives to co-create its customers’ future by providing innovative solutions.

The NX Group has positioned the healthcare industry as a priority industry in its NX Group Management Plan 2028 – Dynamic Growth 2.0: Accelerating Sustainable Growth. The Group has acquired GDP (Good Distribution Practices) and CEIV Pharma certification* at 34 business locations in 24 countries/regions worldwide, and is working to build quality management systems and infrastructure.

Controlant’s advanced technology and high-quality services include its Aurora Platform, compliant with FDA 21 CFR Part 11**, and GxP-validated IoT loggers. Through this agreement with Controlant, the NX Group will be able to provide transport services offering end-to-end monitoring of cargo status, especially for pharmaceutical and healthcare products requiring strict temperature control. Customers will also be able to optimize their supply chain processes by linking the NX Group’s e-NX Visibility tracking system with Controlant’s real-time data logger.

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Figure 1: Controlant’s reusable IoT Saga devices

In line with its unwavering commitment to excellence, the NX Group aims to contribute to the health of people around the world by supporting its customers from a logistics perspective through the establishment of a reliable and secure global pharmaceutical logistics platform.

“We’re excited to be working with the NX Group, whose vision and purpose is aligned with our own, and where innovation and sustainability are driving forces,” says Hristo Petkov, SVP Partnerships at Controlant. “With our solutions, we are transforming the pharma supply chain and Nippon Express is actively expanding its services with tailored supply chain visibility solutions, making the partnership a perfect fit.”

An e-NX Visibility viewing screen

Figure 2: An e-NX Visibility viewing screen

* CEIV Pharma: The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics, a quality certification program established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to cover the air transport of pharmaceutical products that sets out high standards encompassing the differing Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines of countries around the world for the storage and transport of pharmaceuticals.

** FDA 21 CFR Part 11: A regulation established by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defining the criteria under which electronic data and electronic signatures are considered trustworthy, reliable, and equivalent to paper records, compliance with which is required when applying for marketing authorization of drugs and food products.

About NX Group

The NX Group is a world-leading logistics provider established in Japan in 1937. With over 73,000 professionals in 50+ countries and regions, the NX Group is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s top tier Prime Market. As a partner that goes beyond simply transporting goods, the NX Group is committed to creating sustainable and environmentally-conscious supply chains.

About Controlant

Controlant is a leading provider of real-time monitoring solutions for tracking temperature and location information during transport, enabling in-transport interventions and automated product release within the highly regulated pharma industry. Controlant’s devices, solutions and services help advance digital maturity in the pharma sector and significantly reduce waste in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Its solutions are now used by 13 of the world’s top pharma companies and logistics service providers.

Originally published on 24 June by Controlant.

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