posts tagged with Research

A Hot Topic: Innovative Aircraft Temperature Controls

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnological products are often produced in one region of the world and sold in another.

As these products move across continents by ocean or air, their quality depends on the reliability of the selected shipping company and mode of transport. An international flight may last up to 14 hours or more (including ground time at transit points), and many shippers are unclear about the environmental conditions shipments may experience during a long-haul flight. Thermal mapping recommendations are typically made with refrigerated storage areas in mind. Aircraft manufacturers are known to test temperatures on empty cargo holds, but data remains too often proprietary and undisclosed to customers.

FedEx Express took a scientific approach towards aircraft thermal mapping about two years ago...

Swimming, Cycling and Running for the Cure!

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On Sunday, April 7th, a record 71 employees from FedEx participated in the seventh annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon. The Triathlon benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where proceeds go directly to pediatric cancer research. Over 3,000 athletes total competed in the South Florida race and more importantly over $422,000 was raised to benefit the children of St. Jude’s. Many of the FedEx volunteers were motivated to participate because they have family members that have been afflicted with cancer and others wanted to help the cause simply as parents of small children.

The Impact of FedEx on the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries

...the very nature of the products themselves is changing, including complex medical devices, customized medicine based on a person’s own physiology, and drugs that use more sophisticated molecules. The very nature of medicine is evolving; therefore the regulatory environment is becoming more stringent due to concerns about the efficacy and durability of these commodities. Temperature requirements are becoming tighter, and, while this is relatively easy to manage for inventory at rest, it is exponentially more complex to manage for inventory that is in motion—traversing entire oceans and continents...

Scooper Bowl - Ice Cream for a Higher Purpose

...It's amazing to see so many people volunteer to take time off and work so hard at this event. Most are driven very personally - as almost all of us have been impacted by the scourge of cancer. We've seen our friends, family, and co-workers battle this relentless disease. Quite literally, as I'm writing this, a man in his 50's JUST delivered food to our workroom and made mention that in the 6th grade he as treated for cancer and benefited from The Jimmy Fund. Because of The Jimmy Fund, he has lived a healthy, happy and productive life.

The work done by organizations like this impact countless of people around us. Their stories surround us, inspire us, and motivate us to volunteer, give, and share from our hearts.

Yale Report Explores Environmental Impact of Trade

yale-study.jpg ...“One notable finding is that a subset of developing countries, such as China, India, and Mexico, have experienced trade growth while also decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP.”

This is encouraging, and it tends to support the idea that trade, and the economic growth that goes with it, increases the capacity of countries to improve their environmental performance. It also reminds me of our work on Access, which includes a great deal of data analysis...