Cold Chain Containers Make for Easy Return Amid Direct-to-Patient Last-Mile Deliveries

This click-and-collect service enables pharmaceutical companies, airlines and 3PLs to rent or purchase the containers.

Tower Cold Chain Kt Evolution Click & Collect
Tower Cold Chain

Tower Cold Chain announced a series of new initiatives for the KTEvolution, a “small box” solution for direct-to-patient, samples shipment, and last-mile deliveries.

“The industry wanted smaller solutions that are lightweight, manually portable and tailored towards the growing trend towards personalized medicines and clinical trial samples,” says Niall Balfour, chief executive of Tower Cold Chain. “The concept has proven so popular that we’re introducing new ways to rent – or buy – the KTEvolution, to further improve accessibility for our customers.”


Key takeaways:


  • Amongst the new offering is a click-and-collect service for pharmaceutical companies, airlines and third-party logistics (3PL) providers who rent the containers as well as the option to purchase – and customize – the KTEvolution for businesses preferring to integrate the container in their circular supply chain.
  • Once the containers have been used, the customer scans the unique QR code integrated on the top of the unit and Tower arranges collection, which takes place same day or next working day. As a result, customers can minimize storage requirements.
  • Tower can customize the exterior of the KTEvolution to replace the Tower blue with colors matched to customers’ own branding.

“The size of the KTEvolution – just 26 or 57 liters – lends itself perfectly to a click-and-collect system similar to conventional parcel collection services. Because the KTEvolution is likely to travel further than other pharmaceutical cold chain containers, for example directly to a hospital or GP surgery, we will go that extra mile to pick it up to ensure it is reused for years to come,” adds Balfour.