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Mark Edwards

Mark has over 25 years’ experience of positively impacting corporate performance and now runs Modalis Ltd, a logistics consultancy specialising in pharmaceuticals. Until recently, he was the Global Freight and Compliance Manager for Actavis Corporate Team. Actavis had revenues that exceed $25 billion from around 1000 products, having achieved massive growth through acquisitions over a short period of time to become the third largest generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in the world.

As a specialist pharmaceutical logistics professional, he served as subject matter expert for the company. Applying his extensive knowledge of international transportation and the specific way in which pharmaceuticals need to be treated, he ensured the efficient, cost-effective and compliant movement of products around the world.  Additionally, he was responsible for all patent expiry product launches.  Amongst his achievements in this role were gross annual savings on logistics in excess of $10million and a 100% record of patent-expired products being delivered to market on day 1 and within budget.

His background in global logistics covers diverse activities including: multi-modal freight forwarding; small and large office and warehouse management; specialist pharmaceutical supply chains. While running multiple logistics offices for a global Top 10 company, he was responsible for all P&L at the branches under his leadership as well as for managing around 150 staff.  He was also part of the strategy team which decided the future direction of the company.

He is passionate about solving challenging problems and delivering high-impact, quick-hit improvements. His “M O” is to lead by example, doing whatever it takes to get the job completed and would normally choose to get stuck in and help rather than issuing orders from the seclusion of an office.

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There can be no doubting that the world is a changing place, with major political upheaval taking place in both the USA and Europe. Thankfully, the pharmaceutical logistics world tends to favour evolution over revolution but that does not mean that it is not an industry full of innovators....Full Article »
Back in November 2015, I highlighted the new regulations regarding container weight declarations (Verification of Gross Mass or VGM) which came under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, more commonly known as SOLAS. These were adopted in November 2014 and came into force from 1st July 2016....Full Article »
Following concerns raised by the shipping industry regarding the mis-declaration of the declared gross mass of packed containers, the regulations are changing and tightening. Many people are unaware of or unprepared for these changes so this article sets out to introduce this topic to you....Full Article »
Cold Chain IQ Columnist Mark Edwards explores the key measures needed to evaluate, and later enhance, a business's performance....Full Article »
Since the introduction of "new" Good Distribution Practice (GDP), there has been a lot of work by airlines to introduce temperature controlled services. There are currently more than 30 airlines who offer a "pharmaceutical" service but not all services are created equally!...Full Article »
It is very quick and largely reliable. Done well, it can be an excellent solution, assuming your product is valuable enough to warrant the cost. However, there are pitfalls and it can only help you if you know what they are and how to avoid them. Mark Edwards runs through common issues encountered with airfreight...Full Article »