International logistics firm takes steps to build supply chain visibility and resiliency

New capabilities help pharmaceutical and other companies make faster and more effective shipping decisions


Chicago-based project44, a supply chain visibility and logistics service, announced a series of new capabilities offering enhanced collaboration, automation and predictive insights to help shippers drive performance, productivity and customer experience.

In the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors the company provides a range of temperature control services, predictive tracking, secure data flow, collaboration, rapid carrier onboarding and accelerated ROI, according to the company.

Transportation and shipping types served by project44 include air, rail, ocean, truckload, less-than-truckload, final-mile and other modes in more than 120 countries.

“With increasing demands for agility, the world’s leading brands are looking for a new level of real-time collaboration, automation and predictive insights,” said Jett McCandless, founder and CEO of project44. “Our new capabilities can help them make faster, more effective decisions and, as a result, build more resilient supply chains.”

The newly launched capabilities include:

  • Improved carrier collaboration: Transportation carriers now have access to a carrier-centric interface that visualizes current and historical shipment data along with benchmarks broken down by lane. Shared real-time access to tracked shipments and analytics enables a more collaborative relationship that improves service levels, reduces costs and empowers more efficient exception management.
  • Increased pre- and post-shipment workflow automation and orchestration: Organizations can automate and orchestrate truckload and less-than-truckload tender as well as dispatch and digital document retrieval processes, including electronic bill of lading and proof of delivery in North America and Europe.
  • Harness multimodal data to unlock predictive insights: Deeper predictive and exception management capabilities are provided to proactively manage multimodal shipments. Real-time condition monitoring with configurable notifications ensures regulatory compliance and significantly improves cold chain visibility on temperature-sensitive shipments for pharmaceutical, food and beverage and consumer packaged goods companies.
  • Gain order and inventory level visibility: Enhanced order and inventory visibility improves operational efficiency, on-time delivery and proactive decision-making by providing a single view of associated SKUs, orders and shipments, while also predicting risk using a predictive health scoring algorithm.

Life sciences companies using project44 services include AbbVie, Bayer, the Alcon unit of Novartis, pharmacy chain Walgreens and medical equipment company ResMed, according to the project44 website.