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Geodis Wilson gains prestige assignment for Astrazeneca

After a challenging European Tender process, Geodis Wilson has been nominated, as one of AstraZeneca’s preferred suppliers to handle their sensitive airfreight volumes out from the five European AstraZeneca production countries; Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Germany. The contract is a very prestigious recognition for Geodis and for its expansion in the distribution of pharmaceuticals.

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The scope of the business enables Geodis Wilson to control 60% of the airfreight volumes out from these five countries. The contract runs for two years with an option of extending one additional year. The revenue potential is estimated to 20 Million EURO on an annual basis. Geodis Wilson assignment covers all parts of the world.

The assignment for the European Tender was to present to Astra Zeneca a global “best practice” distribution set up for all of AstraZeneca markets that would apply for both short and long term, a complete “Supply Chain Solution”.

“What makes the assignment so special is the high level demand of Temperature Management, Quality Management and Lead-time accuracy that apply for handling pharmaceuticals,” says Martin Svantesson, Global Account Manager at Geodis Wilson. The distribution of pharmaceuticals, with its rigorous controls in all areas in the supply chain, places the organization to a challenge. “Throughout the chain, the temperature of the shipment must remain within agreed temperature range; a sustained ‘Temperature controlled’ distribution is an absolute must”.

“We completed a thorough tendering process from which Geodis Wilson emerged as one of our preferred suppliers. They were selected based on the pricing offered, their company culture and the speed with which we could implement together our new way of working. I have been impressed by the energy which Geodis Wilson applied to cutting over the current arrangements and also proposing potential new solutions on current allocations,” says James Shaw, Global Freight & Logistics Manager at AstraZeneca.

“A strong enabler was the fact that, under the supervision of Ove Jacobsson, National Account Manager for Geodis Wilson, had worked with AstraZeneca Sweden for a number of years, developing a strong partnership. It is with this strong base that we now apply same service for all other countries. We have today established door-to-door ‘Temperature controlled’ solutions for the AstraZeneca markets,” Martin Svantesson continues.

A proposed Control Tower has also played an important roll for the outcome of the success.

Via a strong IT-platform the Control Tower provides an overall monitoring function, deviation reporting, KPI performance follow up, harmonized statistics, and the strategic development of the business. Each country handles local operations, warehousing, packing etc, but as soon as the shipment has left the five origin countries the Control Tower takes over with its monitoring function.

“This is an important prestige account for Geodis Wilson. We have battled in the very toughest competition and have proven that our “Pharma Concept” stands solid for the future”, Martin Svantesson concludes.


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