More healthcare-distribution capacity in Europe for UPS Healthcare Logistics

Pharmaceutical CommercePharmaceutical Commerce - July/August 2015

New distribution center in Netherlands creates 41,000-pallet capacity

UPS Healthcare Logistics (Atlanta) is building its 50th global healthcare-distribution facility, in Roermond, the Netherlands, in the Limburg region and close to UPS’ European air hub at the Cologne/Bonn airport in Germany. The new facility will measure close to 28,000 sq. m. (300,000 sq. ft.) and provide 41,000 pallet places. The announcement comes a month after UPS opened a healthcare-dedicated air freight forwarding facility at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Completion is scheduled for January 2016.

UPS says that the new building, which will be fully compliant with EU Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines and licensed by the Dutch Ministry of Health, will provide inventory management, temperature-sensitive storage and quality assurance services with a direct feeder connection to UPS’s air hub at the Cologne/Bonn airport. It also further broadens the company’s global healthcare distribution network, which now encompasses more than 50 locations throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America.

“This third dedicated healthcare facility in the logistics-and transportation-centric area of Limburg significantly strengthens the capacity of UPS’s European distribution campus,” said Harld Peters, president, UPS West Europe, in a statement. “It allows shippers to comply with international healthcare quality standards and serve a broad customer base, either directly through UPS’s global express transportation network or via UPS satellite healthcare facilities in other European countries, such as Spain, Italy, Poland or Hungary.”

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