Top Players in the Healthcare Cold Chain Logistics Companies

Top Players in the Healthcare Cold Chain Logistics Companies

The global healthcare cold chain logistics market reached a value of US$ 17.1 Billion in 2022, the market value is projected to reach US$ 20.9 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.3% during 2023-2028. As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top 10 healthcare cold chain logistics companies are taking necessary steps to manage the escalating demand for proper storage and transportation of drugs without any effect on drug efficiency. As a result, they are conducting extensive research and development (R&D) activities regarding the seamless integration of all the intermediate procedures during transportation and delivery. The market continues to be positively impacted by the growing prevalence of numerous diseases in conjunction with the increasing demand for biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, and trial materials. Besides this, the top companies are making continual technological advancements due to the imposing of stringent regulations by government bodies of several countries for efficient handling of temperature-sensitive pharma products. Some of the other factors contributing to the market growth include rapid urbanization, considerable growth in the pharmaceutical industry, inflating disposable income levels, and the increasing utilization of healthcare cold chain logistics to store vaccines for vaccination drives.

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List of Top Healthcare Cold Chain Logistics Companies in the World:

Amerisource Bergen Corporation (World Courier)

Establishment: 1969
Headquarter: Pennsylvania, United States of America

AmerisourceBergen acquired World Courier Group, Inc., a private company that provides transportation and logistics services to the biopharmaceutical sector, thereby becoming a new operating segment within AmerisourceBergen. The company offers specialty logistics businesses, such as biopharmaceutical clinical trials logistics, drug storage and distribution, and investigational drug storage and distribution. It utilizes a GxP-compliant global network owned by the company and staffed by local associates that provide exceptional customer service and reliability in both established and emerging markets. With over 137 offices in 52 countries, 13 storage depots, and 2,500 employees, World Courier is one of the largest healthcare cold chain logistics services in the world.

Deutsche Post AG (DHL)

Establishment: 1995
Headquarter: Bonn, Germany

Deutsche Post AG (DHL) offers a comprehensive array of postal and parcel services in Europe, including parcel delivery, freight transportation, supply chain management, and e-commerce logistics. There is a wide range of transportation options offered by DHL that meet the specific needs of the life sciences and healthcare industries. This facility provides efficient storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo within a supply chain under controlled conditions due to its advanced infrastructure. Its goal is to provide a seamless patient experience throughout the entire journey – from clinical trials to point-of-care.

FedEx Corporation Services, Inc.

Establishment: 1971
Headquarter: Tennessee, United States of America

FedEx Custom Critical segment of FedEx Corporation Services Inc. specializes in transportation within the cold chain, providing verifiable quality, tracking, and control for a wide range of cold chain products. With a vast array of temperature control solutions, the company uses a validated airfreight process for temperature-sensitive shipments to verify cold-chain quality and regulatory compliance. It provides temperature control between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius, deep cold or room temperature, and the ability to regulate container placement within aircraft, as well as cargo-hold temperature for optimal performance of cargo containers. In addition, the company has a specially trained Temperature-Control Services team for handling temperature-sensitive airfreight shipments efficiently.

United Parcel Service of America, Inc.

Establishment: 1905
Headquarter: Georgia, United States of America

United Parcel Service of America, Inc. offers end-to-end cold chain solutions that help protect temperature-sensitive shipments shipped across the country or the globe. Through constant refrigeration, the cold chain process ensures that a product is kept cool from the time it is manufactured, through transport, warehousing, and finally to its final destination. The cold chain logistics of UPS are used to address these issues by using gel packs, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, reefers, as well as insulated quilts. For healthcare businesses seeking to reduce their carbon footprint, the company offers solutions that are curbside recyclable or re-usable.

Kuehne + Nagel International AG,

Establishment: 1890
Headquarter: Feusisberg, Switzerland

With Kuehne+Nagel's Perishables team, temperature-sensitive cargo is safely and efficiently delivered to the client’s exact specifications. From source to table, it ensures safe and compliant international transportation with optimal transit times and methods of transportation, allowing for maximum product protection. Kuhene+Nagel offers efficient transportation of various perishable commodities, taking into account the smallest details in local and international legislation. By integrating KN FreshChain, Kuehne+Nagel's global quality and safety standard, the company provides real-time visibility, monitoring and steering of the total supply chain.

DB Schenker

Establishment: 1872
Headquarter: Essen, Germany

DB Schenker is an integrated solution provider that can respond flexibly to the needs of pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies. DB Schenker's supply chain solutions make sure that time and temperature sensitive products reach their destination safely and securely. An enhanced focus on safeguarding the integrity of a product with special handling and monitoring, including complete traceability of shipments and closed cold chain solutions for biological drugs that comply with all legal requirements, is also ensured through integrated air, ocean, and land transport, as well as contract logistics. Furthermore, the company’s multimodal transportation methods guarantee a cost-effective, end-to-end supply chain solution.

Life ConEx

Establishment: 2005
Headquarter: Florida, United States of America

LifeConEx is a premier distribution and logistics partner for vaccine, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies worldwide. As a part of DHL Global Forwarding, LifeConEx is the specialty logistics partner dedicated solely to the transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo. The company qualifies and maintains more than 2,500 trade routes with origins and destinations in around 165 countries. Its optimized temperature-controlled cold chain reduces cycle times, lessens internal administrative and quality control efforts and decreases remanufacturing and redundant shipping costs of damaged product.

American Airlines Cargo

Establishment: 1944
Headquarter: Texas, United States of America

American Airlines Cargo has expanded its solution to transport temperature-controlled shipments to its entire mainline fleet as part of its commitment to reliable temperature-controlled shipping. With the aid of CSafe Global's industry-leading packaging and the Temperature Loggers provided by CargoSense, American demonstrates all of its aircraft providing ideal environments for passive temperature-sensitive shipments. A number of tests and trials have been conducted in partnership with CSafe Global and CargoSense leading up to this expansion, and more than 180 markets can be reached by temperature-critical shipping service on all mainline flights.

Continental Air Cargo

Establishment: 1990
Headquarter: Texas, United States of America

Continental Airlines Cargo has secured a new global contract with Envirotainer, clearing the path for the growth of its temperature-controlled product line. The airline substitutes cutting-edge ULD containers for conventional cooling methods like foam, gel packs, or insulating blankets, which increase shipping costs and take up unnecessary space. ClimateSecure offers a continuous door-to-door cold chain for up to 72 hours, or longer when dry ice and batteries are refilled in transportation. With a 10% increase in the latest generation of dry-ice containers, the company's fleet of more than 3,500 active temperature-controlled air freight containers will be serving the pharmaceutical sector exclusively.


Establishment: 1980
Headquarter: North Carolina, United States of America

Founded in 1980, Marken is an essential component of UPS Healthcare and is a fully owned subsidiary of UPS. The UPS Healthcare segment employs 5,500 people worldwide over 128 locations, including Polar Speed and Marken. In addition to organizing 14,000+ home healthcare visits, Marken's committed 2,400+ staff members oversee 154,000 prescription product and biological sample shipments each month at all temperature ranges in more than 220 countries and territories. Marken maintains the top spot for Direct-to-Patient and Home Healthcare services, biological sample shipments, and biological kit production, providing a cutting-edge GMP-compliant depot network and logistic hubs for clinical pharma product storage and distribution in 57 sites across the world.

About IMARC Group: IMARC Group is a leading market research and consulting company that offers management strategy and market research worldwide. The company has done multiple projects on the healthcare cold chain logistics industry, which has enabled clients to set up and expand their businesses successfully. Some of the company’s offerings include:

  • Market Research
  • Plant setup
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  • Marketing and sales
  • Procurement and Distribution
  • Innovation and Product Development

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