New Sonoco Temperature Assurance Packaging Lowers Specialty Pharmacy Shipping Costs

Envoy Direct Series has been optimized to reduce dimensional weight.

Envoy Direct Series has been optimized to reduce dimensional weight.

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched a series of shipping solutions for temperature-sensitive products shipped direct-to-patient.

The Envoy Direct Series has been optimized to reduce dimensional weight, lowering total shipping costs and improving operational efficiency in specialty pharmacy, mail-order pharmacy, and pharmacy benefit management environments. This product line becomes available in advance of new dimensional weight-based shipping policies that take effect at the beginning of 2015 for several major shippers.

"The Envoy Direct line of temperature-controlled solutions was designed in accordance with market feedback," said Marianne Hoonakker-Kelly, business development and market manager. "The refrigerant component configurations remain the same for all seasons, which simplifies the assembly. The Envoy Direct series is the first optimized line for direct-to-patient distribution that balances total cost, operational needs and product protection."

The Envoy Direct series maintains refrigerated temperatures for a duration of one day and is tested to the ISTA 7E profile. Depending on the level of protection required, the packaging solutions are available with either PolarPack gel packs or PolarPack foam bricks as refrigerants. For more information, visit thermosafe.com/envoy or thermosafe.com/lastmile, or call 800-225-7443 to discuss which Envoy Direct solution is specific to your shipping needs.

Sonoco ThermoSafe is a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging for the safe and efficient transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines and other temperature-sensitive products. Sonoco ThermoSafe shipping solutions mitigate risk for our customers and ensure product efficacy throughout the extremes of a supply chain.

With operations in North America, Europe and Asia, Sonoco ThermoSafe has a vast product offering featuring industry-leading technology that encompasses refrigerated, frozen or controlled room temperature applications. In addition, Sonoco ThermoSafe's ISC Labs design and testing services deliver individualized and innovative packaging solutions along with qualification and validation services to meet all regulatory requirements. More information can be found at thermosafe.com.

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About Sonoco

Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized combined sales of approximately $5.4 billion, the Company has more than 21,000 employees working in more than 340 operations in 34 countries, serving some of the world's best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2014/2015 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

SOURCE: Sonoco