Distribution of the corona vaccine places increased demand on logistics

  • A temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius is required along the entire transport chain
  • Documentation and monitoring should be automated for temperature-sensitive transport

With the imminent approval of the first vaccines against Covid-19, logistics is facing new challenges. According to KRATZER AUTOMATION, increased capacities are required in order to deliver the approximately 55 million individual doses planned for medical practices and vaccination centres in Germany alone. Franz Renger, logistics expert at KRATZER AUTOMATION, commented:

"Most of the vaccines against the coronavirus presented so far have to be stored at a temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius throughout the entire Supply Chain. The transport involves several transshipment centres on the way to vaccination centres, hospitals and doctors' surgeries, using different vehicles. The challenge for logistics companies is to keep the temperature constant over the entire period and to ensure appropriate monitoring. It is also crucial to ensure that delivery is timed accurately, given that the vaccine has a shelf life of only a few days.

The Covid 19 vaccine is transported in special vehicles or in special packaging, including dry ice. Especially within the DACH region, these are routine processes that are handled without any problems. However, a central challenge for transport companies is the high number of consignments that are required after approval of the antigen. The associated effort and expense particularly affects the last mile, which generally ties up a large proportion of the resources required for logistics. Vaccination centres in particular will have to be supplied very frequently.

The transport parameters must be precisely recorded - monitoring the cooling temperature over several transshipments is of particular importance. If logistics companies do this manually, the associated administrative effort is very high. Consequently, automated temperature monitoring along the entire transport chain is a considerable advantage. The latest technology supports targeted distribution and temperature monitoring. All relevant data is available in real time and reports can be generated at the push of a button. It is also important that all data can be clearly visualized with just a few clicks.

On the one hand, modern software solutions support an efficient delivery operation. On the other hand, they pave the way to the easy creation of reports and documentation. A rapid supply of the corona vaccine to the population can be ensured".


For more than 40 years KRATZER AUTOMATION AG has been providing process-oriented software solutions for the international automotive and transport industry in Europe. The company is represented with almost 500 employees at 10 German locations. KRATZER AUTOMATION is internationally active with its own companies in France, Great Britain, Italy, the Czech Republic, the USA and China.

With cadis, KRATZER AUTOMATION delivers an intelligent software product for logistic processes in the business segment Logistics Automation: A transport management system for planning, execution and intelligent analysis of all operative work processes in freight transport. Every second of the leading 10 logistics companies in Europe relies on cadis. In the Test Systems business unit KRATZER AUTOMATION plans, realizes and modernizes test systems for engines, turbochargers, transmissions and other drive components with a focus on test systems for energy-saving and environmentally friendly drive concepts.


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