Identifying and Preventing Security Vulnerabilities and Temperature Excursions in Your Clinical Supply Chain

Healthcare, Life Sciences, Pharma Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Pharmaceutical,
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014

Managing the transportation of your goods through your clinical supply chain can be challenging, even for the simplest of things. Add in the complexities and critical nature of transporting high-value, temperature-sensitive healthcare products and it can be even more complex.

In this webinar, we’ll follow an imaginary high-value, temperature-sensitive healthcare shipment from the moment the products are loaded into your trucks for delivery. We’ll point out key areas of vulnerability and share theft prevention tips along with best practices for monitoring the temperature of your healthcare shipment during transit.

You’ll learn:

  • How to identify areas of vulnerability in your clinical supply chain
  • Tips to prevent theft in those vulnerable areas
  • Key questions to ask your carrier to gauge their security skills
  • Best practices for monitoring the temperature of your healthcare shipment during transit
  • How to incorporate sensor-based logistics into your current transportation model to have near real-time visibility into your shipments


Douglas Braund, Manager, Security, FedEx Custom Critical

Douglas Braund is the manager of security for FedEx Custom Critical. He oversees all strategic security initiatives and day-to-day tactical security matters. Braund brings more than 25 years of law enforcement and specialized security experience to FedEx Custom Critical. In his role as manager of security, Braund works to identify and prosecute criminal acts committed against FedEx Custom Critical. He also identifies patterns and trends of cargo theft, while developing security applications to reduce exposure and risk.

As a security specialist for FedEx Freight, Braund was involved in promoting and enforcing workplace violence prevention and education. He investigated and prosecuted any and all criminal acts perpetrated against FedEx such as theft, fraud and any brand protection issues. A member of the FedEx Corporate Security Leadership Team, Braund was also responsible for FedEx Executive protection.

In addition to his service at FedEx, Braund makes contributions to many other organizations. He is a charter member of the American Society for Industrial Security International, and he was named a Certified Cargo Security Professional by the North American Transportation Management Institute. He also serves on a number of councils, including the Ohio Cargo Theft Task Force, Mid-South Cargo Security Council, Virginia Carolinas Cargo Security Council, Southeastern Transportation Security Council, National Cargo Security Council and International Cargo Security Council.

Braund is a graduate of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy located in Columbus, Ohio.

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Chris Swearingen, Marketing Manager, SenseAware, powered by FedEx

With more than 25 years experience in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Global Marketing, Chris Swearingen is currently leading the SenseAware effort for FedEx. In his role, Chris oversees the US domestic and global rollout of SenseAware.

He has spent the last ten years at FedEx fulfilling a multitude of marketing, product and selling roles. Chris was hired by FedEx to launch its entry into NASCAR in 2004. In 2007, he was asked to move to the FedEx Innovation Department to utilize his start-up experience on the SensAware project. He was responsible for prototyping various business models, customer deployment and the day-to-day business operations of SenseAware.

Chris’ duties were expanded to include overseeing the SenseAware strategic direction including product development, customer experience, market expansion and managing the selling efforts of SenseAware.

His career has been eclectic with a mix of entrepreneurial, corporate and agency experience. He has worked in advertising with McDonald’s and various other Fortune 100 companies. He owned multiple Play It Again Sports franchises and was the President of 360­­° Sports Marketing until Roush Racing in NASCAR acquired it.

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Who Should Attend?

Clinical supply chain and quality assurance professionals from:

  • Pharmaceutical,biotechnology and medical device companies
  • Contract Research Organizations
  • Healthcare and government organizations
  • Laboratories

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FedEx Custom Critical provides businesses with customized solutions for their critical shipping needs. The company specializes in expedited freight shipping and solutions for transporting sensitive shipments, from temperature control to increased security. Additionally, FedEx Custom Critical offers ShipmentWatchSM, a service in which the company manages SenseAware® devices to track customers’ shipments for near real-time visibility, enhanced security and temperature monitoring. All the company’s secure services offerings are managed through its 24/7 Security Command Center. FedEx Custom Critical also offers customized air solutions for U.S. and international shipping. In addition, FedEx Truckload Brokerage, a subsidiary of FedEx Custom Critical, offers customers brokerage solutions for dry van, temperature control, LTL and intermodal shipping needs.


SenseAware® powered by FedEx delivers near real-time information about shipments, allowing customers to make proactive, critical decisions. Customers monitor shipment location and environmental conditions through the robust online application or request 24/7 monitoring from FedEx. SenseAware can be used on any approved air or ground carrier, domestically or internationally or on private fleets. For more information on SenseAware as well as applicable service restrictions, visit

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