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Digital shipment tracking industry sees a boom as Covid-19 vaccines arrive

Logistical hurdles are a significant risk for efforts to rapidly distribute COVID-19 vaccines, but they have resulted in booming business for digital supply chain tracking companies

AstraZeneca wasn't the obvious choice to partner up with Oxford when scientists there started developing a coronavirus shot. Photographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg
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Varying requirements for shipping Covid-19 vaccine have increased the risks of logistical mishaps

Rajesh Kumar Singh | Reuters Chicago
More than half of vaccines go to waste globally every year because of temperature control, logistics and shipment-related issues.

Logistical hurdles are a significant risk for efforts to rapidly distribute COVID-19 vaccines, but they have resulted in booming business for companies such as private California-based Cloudleaf, Germany’s SAP SE and others that sell technology for monitoring shipments from factory freezer to shot in the arm.

Cloudleaf, backed by Intel Capital, the venture arm of chipmaker Intel Corp, uses sensors attached to material containers to track the location, temperature, humidity, vibration and acceleration.

The sensors send data to the cloud, where an

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First Published: Dec 18 2020 | 7:13 AM IST

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