As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our communities, Airspace feels it’s important to share the steps we are taking to ensure that our customers are still receiving the best service to their time-critical shipments.
The life sciences industry relies heavily on time-critical logistics. Shipments containing blood, tissue, or organs can often mean life or death for the recipient. It is imperative for hospitals, clinics, and specimen banks to effectively plan, route, and track these shipments during this time.
Wondering how Airspace will continue to service your needs during this outbreak? Here are some of the essential features that will benefit you while the Corona Virus persists:
- Next Flight Out (NFO) shipping: If an organ or blood donation needs to be delivered across the country or even a neighboring state, working with a dedicated NFO provider is crucial. A dedicated NFO provider does not wait for a specific flight or airline especially with the declining number of flights due to the virus. Every minute matters, and if you can save 15 minutes on dispatching and routing, it can enable you to deliver hours before the estimated delivery time. Our proprietary system already routes around canceled flights and it will provide the most optimal flight path upon requesting a quote. Therefore, cancelled flights are no problem.
- Real-time tracking: When an organ or tissue is going to be transplanted, an expert team of technicians needs to conduct tests to verify the specimen is still viable, a match, the donor has not tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and ready for transplant. For this team to correctly, and safely examine the specimen, they need to know precisely when that specimen will arrive not an estimated window. In today's world, it is not enough to be alerted when the shipment leaves the origin airport or when the package has been picked up. Real-time tracking means being able to see the package on a map, no matter what, and use technology to predict delays to avoid losing time. The ability to track the organ in real time throughout the shipping process is not only possible, but it’s also necessary to ensure everyone is prepared and ready for the shipment.
- Path Optimization: You cannot be at the mercy of the weather, a traffic jam or if a city enters quarantine when it comes to time-critical blood and organ deliveries. Choose a shipping company that can be proactive about possible delays by using path optimization and other Geo-Tagging tools. With alerts about potential delays due to weather, accidents, or other obstructions, the shipping company can reroute deliveries to keep them expedited.
- Driver transparency: Do you know who is handling your time-sensitive delivery? With most shipping companies, you’ll never know who has control of the shipment or where they are in the delivery process. When transporting sensitive materials such as blood or organs, visibility is vital. Work with a shipping company that allows you to track the driver’s movements in real time and will communicate with them during the delivery if necessary.
Airspace is open for business, all hands on deck, around the clock, doing whatever we need to do to support our customers. We are here to help.