UPS boosts healthcare capacity with new hubs

UPS has added four new healthcare distribution facilities to its network as it seeks to increase its market share in the sector. The new facilities are in Singapore, Venlo in the Netherlands, Burlington in Canada and Louisville, US. The hubs, which have been designed to accommodate pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, bring the total […]


UPS has added four new healthcare distribution facilities to its network as it seeks to increase its market share in the sector. The new facilities are in Singapore, Venlo in the Netherlands, Burlington in Canada and Louisville, US. The hubs, which have been designed to accommodate pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, bring the total amount of warehousing space UPS has dedicated to healthcare to 371,600sq metres. “We are seeing increased demand from healthcare manufacturers wanting more agile supply chains. This clear industry trend is driving companies to look for more global solutions and deeper supply chain partnerships,” said the VP for Global Strategy at UPS Healthcare Logistics, Bill Hook. Slated to open late first quarter of this year, UPS’s healthcare operation in Singapore will consist of a 43,000-square-foot regional distribution facility to serve the increasing number of healthcare companies that are locating manufacturing operations in Asia. It will serve as an import-export facility and is strategically located to access air and road networks. Capabilities will include cold chain capacity for products requiring temperature – sensitive storage and distribution, as well as postponement services such as re-labeling and kitting. UPS’Venlo facility, also slated to open during the second quarter, will be the company’s second location in the Netherlands. The 22,800sq metres facility is being added after UPS’ first facility in Roermond sold to capacity in less than nine months, demonstrating a surge in demand for healthcare distribution services in Europe. Strategically located near UPS’European air hub in Cologne, Germany, this fully compliant facility will include controlled environments for temperature-sensitive storage and distribution. At Burlington, Ontario, the 16,400sq metres facility marks the 10th dedicated he althc are f ac ility in Canada. This is the second dedicated healthcare facility at UPS’Burlington, Ontario, logistics campus, which is located near three major international airports . Set to open in the second quarter, the Burlington facility is designed to meet all regulatory compliance and quality assurance needs of healthcare products.The facility will provide additional capacity to the current network of dedicated healthcare sites strategically located to serve the Canadian market. The newest healthcare facility in the US city of Louisville will open in the fourth quarter of 2011 and is part of the company’s existing healthcare campus totaling over 1 million square feet. The new building is strategically located near UPS’s Worldport global air hub to provide next-day delivery for air shipment orders received as late as 11pm, as well as UPS ground deliveries within two days or less to 70 percent of US locations. This 13,400sq metres facility also will include temperature sensitive and vault storage capabilities.