UPS announced an expansion of its global healthcare distribution facility network to accommodate growth in its healthcare business. Driven by expanding relationships with healthcare companies and an increasing trend toward outsourcing, the new facilities in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States bring to 30 the total number of global UPS healthcare-dedicated facilities.
“We are seeing increased demand from healthcare manufacturers wanting more agile supply chains,” says Bill Hook, vice president of global strategy for UPS Healthcare Logistics. “This clear industry trend is driving companies to look for more global solutions and deeper supply chain partnerships. We are continuing to invest in this industry to meet the fast-evolving needs of our global healthcare customers.”
The new facilities are located in Singapore; Venlo, the Netherlands; Burlington, Canada, and Louisville, Ky., and bring the total amount of UPS dedicated healthcare distribution space to more than 4 million square feet. These facilities – designed specially to meet the needs of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies – are configured to help manufacturers meet stringent and often-complex regulatory requirements for healthcare products, provide flexibility for a changing business environment and serve an increasingly global customer base.
UPS adds that with an influx of biologics and temperature-sensitive healthcare products coming into the marketplace, its healthcare facilities also include temperature sensitive capabilities to handle the specialized storage and distribution needs of these high-value products.