John Hammes

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    Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, life science, and cold chain logistics industries, recently launched its newest innovation --- Tempcell™ ECO -- in the U.S.

    An award-winning temperature control parcel shipper that is 100 percent curbside recyclable, Tempcell™ ECO is composed of corrugated cardboard and uses Softbox’s Thermaflute™, a patent-pending, plastic-free design that creates an insulating barrier and delivers thermal efficiencies similar to those of traditional expanded polystyrene shippers.

    This biodegradable packaging solution is designed to transport wide-stability temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products and comes in four, easy-to-assemble, flat-packed sizes, saving space during delivery and storage. Custom sizes are available on request.

    “Today, the challenge is two-fold: develop innovative shipping solutions that provide uncompromising performance coupled with practical recyclability that protects the planet,” said John Hammes, General Manager of the America’s for Softbox Systems. “For biopharma clients working with Softbox, the value of a solution like Tempcell™ ECO is its ability to routinely ship prescription products, over-the-counter medicines, and diagnostic kits with complete reliability and a clear conscience by reducing plastic consumption—and offering the ease of curbside recycling for end-users.”

    Fast Company recognized Tempcell™ ECO recently as one of its 2020 World Changing Ideas, an award honoring companies, products and ideas that are making the world a better place.

    2020 Temperature Control Packaging Sustainability Report

    In an ongoing effort to be one of the most innovative and socially responsible companies worldwide, Softbox Systems is proud of its sustainable initiatives that advance product innovation for good. The brand recently published a 2020 Temperature Control Packaging Sustainability report, which addresses how the sustainability movement in the life sciences industry impacts temperature-controlled packaging products and solutions.

    The report reinforces the growing demand for packaging solutions that are efficient, effective and eco-friendly. Pharma, diagnostic and medtech companies, often drivers for change, are setting clear targets to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. Seventy percent of the senior managers and directors surveyed state that the development of sustainable temperature control packaging solutions is significant to their operations and their organizations’ sustainability ambitions. These sustainability goals are, in turn, influencing partners, suppliers, and vendors to provide more planet-friendly solutions.

    Softbox Systems has earned a Silver Sustainability Rating from EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted business sustainability rating service measuring and helping advance a company’s impact on the Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

    Further, in partnership with American Forests, Softbox Systems pledges to plant one tree for every 10 Tempcell™ ECO sold in the United States and Canada. This is the equivalent to three trees being planted for each one used in production. Through the sale of Tempcell™ ECO in the first half of 2020, Softbox Systems has already enabled American Forests to plant more than 25,000 trees in reforestation projects stretching from Minnesota to Oregon.

    Learn more about  Tempcell™ ECO online, or view the complete the findings from the 2020 Temperature Control Packaging Sustainability report here.

     

    About Softbox Systems

    Softbox Systems is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for more than 25 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, India and Asia Pacific.

    Softbox Systems has formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialized products.

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    It might not be the first supply chain you think about, but while countries around the world are rushing to find a vaccine for COVID-19, the cold chain behind medical transport is more and more relevant. A company in Greenville, Softbox Systems, has become a global leader in temperature-controlled packaging, helping transport the products of top pharmaceutical companies to hospitals, doctors’ offices and homes around the world.

    Softbox Systems creates packaging — often for the pharmaceutical sector — for different temperature ranges. The packaging is used to transfer individual vials, finished products or active pharmaceutical ingredients from one location to another while keeping the necessary temperature steady for the item. These products can be flu vaccines, EpiPens, inhalers or one of the other countless medications that need to be kept at certain temperatures..

    “If the shipment gets too hot or cold, it can break down molecular properties of said item, and it becomes ineffective,” John Hammes, general manager for the Americas at Softbox Systems explained. “It might work differently with what the intention was, or it may not work at all.”

    Softbox Systems was founded in the U.K. in 1995, and the company maintains its global headquarters there. Hammes started with the company in 2009 to help spearhead U.S. operations since they had been relying on a third party for distribution. The company also has locations in Spain, India, Singapore, Belgium and elsewhere.

    “We had a good product. We knew the industry, so we just put our head down and got to work,” Hammes said. 

    In 2013, the company opened a 29,000-square-foot facility off of Pelham Road in Greenville for its Americas division. Eventually, the company grew too large for that facility and moved to Park Commerce Road in a 65,000-square-foot ISO-certified facility where almost 60 Softbox System employees work.

    While what they do is simple, how they do it isn’t, since medications require different temperatures, Hammes explained. They’ve even worked with Merck Pharmaceuticals on a drone shipper that could be used to transport medicine across disaster areas or war zones, he said. 

    Another product that’s caught people’s attention is  Tempcell ECO — an all paper-based packaging unit launched six months ago that won recognition for innovation by Fast Company. There’s a push, Hammes said, to be more sustainable. 

    Besides developing sustainable products, Softbox Systems also partnered with American Forests. For each Tempcell ECO sold, the company makes a monetary donation to plant a tree. So far, they’ve been able to donate enough to plant more than 20,000 trees. 

    “What we are looking at as a company is to be the global leader not only in temperature control packaging but sustainability,” Hammes said. “We have a corporate drive to do that.”

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    Tempcell® ECO, the latest sustainable innovation from Softbox Systems, a global provider of temperature control packaging for the life science industry, has been recognized by Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—honoring companies, products and ideas that are making the world a better place.

    According to John Hammes, General Manager of the America’s for Softbox Systems, Tempcell ECO’s innovative design addresses the challenges the pharmaceutical sector and the world face around plastics while offering the ease of curbside recycling for the end user. 

    “In the temperature-controlled shipping container space, we continue to push towards a more sustainable future - Tempcell® ECO is an innovative corrugated cardboard packaging system that protects temperature-sensitive life-science products and the planet,” he said. “It’s good for the pharmaceutical industry, great for the environment, and an even more sustainable solution for the world.”

    Launched in the US in January 2020, Tempcell® ECO offers the pharmaceutical sector a 100 percent curbside-recyclable temperature control packaging system to support a more sustainable future for customers, consumers and the planet.

    Made of the most reusable material on the planet, Tempcell® ECO is made from 100 percent recycled corrugated cardboard, and capable of being repurposed seven times over. This innovative packaging system saves end users from costly or unsustainable disposal, and drastically helps reduce pharmaceutical companies’ carbon footprint.

    Using its own innovative corrugated cardboard insulating technology, Softbox Systems created Thermaflute™, a patent-pending design that is qualified against industry accepted test profiles. It is able to control temperature sensitive products with wide stability data in different temperatures ranges between +2°C to +25°C.

    In combination with a number of temperature-regulating cool packs, layers of cardboard fluting are engineered to create an insulating barrier to protect life-enhancing, temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products during shipping. The fit-for-purpose design maintains a shipment’s internal temperature for up to 72 hours and is light, strong and versatile, ideal for all parcel delivery networks.

    In partnership with American Forests, Softbox Systems pledges to plant one tree for every 10 Tempcell® ECOs sold in the United States. This equates to three trees being planted for each one used in production. Through the sale of Tempcell® ECO in the first quarter of 2020, Softbox Systems has already enabled American Forests to plant more than 20,000 trees.

    The World Changing Ideas Awards entries were judged on the key ingredients of innovation: functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, user insight, cultural impact, and business impact.

    “There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources, and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have uncovered some of the smartest and most inspiring projects of the year.”

    Now in its fourth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 26 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 500 honorable mentions—with Health and Wellness, Corporate Social Responsibility, and AI and Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 3,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. The 2020 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Vancouver to Singapore to Tel Aviv.

     

    About the World Changing Ideas Awards

    World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

    About Softbox Systems

    Softbox Systems is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for over 20 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, India and Asia Pacific.

    Softbox Systems has formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialized products.