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United first US carrier to lease SkyCell containers

The temperature-sensitive containers will be used to transport vaccines and other high-value biopharmaceutical shipments.

   United Cargo said Wednesday it will enhance its TempControl service by becoming the first U.S. carrier to lease and transport temperature-sensitive containers manufactured by SkyCell.
   SkyCell said it is a “Swiss-based, award-winning provider of temperature-controlled containers whose highly secure and efficient design features patented insulation and a special rechargeable cooling technology.”
   SkyCell said each container is equipped with Internet of Things sensors that connect to its cloud-based, blockchain-encrypted software. The sensors monitor temperature, humidity and other factors.
   “TempControl’s transport of vaccines and other high-value biopharmaceutical shipments is increasing rapidly,” said Jan Krems, president of United Cargo. “Extremely precise, long-duration temperature control is required for the safe transport of these highly sensitive shipments. That’s why we’re very excited to launch this partnership.”
   SkyCell CEO Richard Ettl said, “United and SkyCell share the goal of eliminating temperature excursions and reducing the CO2  footprint in global pharma transportation.”

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Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.