Shipper Perspectives on the Cold Chain

Shipper Perspectives on the Cold Chain

Modality Solutions’ Gary Hutchinson Joins “Shipper Perspectives on the Cold Chain” Panel at TPM Annual Conference

Modality Solutions’ President Gary Hutchinson will be a panelist for the “Shipper Perspectives on the Cold Chain” conference session on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the 16th TPM Annual Conference in Long Beach, California.

Houston, Texas February 23, 2016 — Modality Solutions, a company that delivers integrated cold chain management solutions for highly regulated industries, is pleased to announce President, Gary Hutchinson, will be a panelist at the 16th Annual TPM (Trans-Pacific Maritime) Conference in Long Beach, California from February 28 – March 2, 2016.  The conference continues to be the must-attend conference for the trans-Pacific and global container shipping and logistics community.

Lara Sowinski, Editorial Director, Supply Chain Network, AC Business Media will chair the Monday, February 29 conference session titled: “Shipper Perspectives on the Cold Chain.” Modality Solutions’ President, Gary Hutchinson joins panelists Steve Schommer, Director of Logistics and Transportation, The Sun Valley Group and Perry M. Bourne, Director of International Transportation and Rail Operations, Tyson Foods.

The panelists represent three industry verticals — food, pharmaceuticals and floral. They will share their insights, challenges and strategies for shipping time and temperature-sensitive commodities around the world. Food shippers see an expanding supply chain that is more complex and subject to regulations, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act, which impacts temperature monitoring and tracking/tracing of products from farm to store shelf.

At the same time, a dynamic modal shift is occurring in the pharmaceutical sector as major drug companies commit more shipments to ocean rather than air cargo. Even floral shippers are capitalizing on the ability of new technologies and reefer equipment designed to support ocean transportation of delicate floral shipments.

“I look forward to sharing how pharma is migrating from air to ocean. I’ll share some of the unique challenges in qualifying ocean lanes for pharmaceutical products,” said Modality Solutions Gary Hutchinson.

Additional challenges in attracting food, pharma and floral shipments, however, range from labor disruptions at gateway ports affecting imports and exports, to inconsistent and improper handling of reefer shipments, compounded by multiple touch points during the ocean journey. Still, the opportunities are ripe for carriers and logistics providers with cold chain capabilities. A panel of seasoned reefer shippers will offer valuable information, best practices and unique perspectives on the global reefer market in this highly anticipated session.

The overall TPM conference objective is to provide major customers of international containerized shipping services — including retailers, manufacturers, consumer product firms and agribusiness companies — with an understanding of the potential solutions to the major challenges they and their ocean carrier, intermodal rail, trucking and logistics vendors face when shipping containerized products between Asia and North America.

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About Modality Solutions
Founded in 2011 Modality Solutions delivers integrated cold chain management solutions for highly regulated industries. Its Advantage Transportation Simulation Laboratory™ tests the effects of transportation environmental hazards on formulations. Key areas of service are: ensure regulatory compliance; deliver cold chain thermal packaging design / qualification and controlled-environment logistics solutions; conduct transport simulation testing; decrease development cycle times for a faster route-to-market; develop transport validation strategies to support global regulatory applications; and clinical trial operations. Contact Modality Solutions at (888) 219-6317 or email Additional information can be found at
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