UPS and Merck expand logistics pact

UPS and pharmaceutical giant, Merck, known as MSD outside the US and Canada, have announced that the companies have significantly broadened their existing distribution and logistics agreement to include aspects of Merck’s global supply chain around the world.


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UPS and pharmaceutical giant, Merck, known as MSD outside the US and Canada, have announced that the companies have significantly broadened their existing distribution and logistics agreement to include aspects of Merck’s global supply chain around the world. UPS currently manages the distribution, warehousing and transportation of Merck’s medicines and vaccines in North America.

“This expanded agreement with UPS allows us to focus on our core business as a global healthcare leader that looks for innovative ways to bring our medicines and vaccines to patients in emerging markets and markets around the world,” said Willie A. Deese, executive vice president and president, Merck Manufacturing Division.

The UPS-Merck collaboration began in 2003 with package transportation and delivery services in the US. The agreement expanded over time to include North American distribution, warehousing and multi-modal transportation services. UPS will now provide these services in certain markets in Asia and Latin America, including the emerging markets of China and Brazil. UPS also is providing transportation services in Europe.

UPS said it is developing “innovative solutions” to better meet customer needs in China and Brazil where UPS is establishing a distribution centre to support Merck’s manufacturing and packaging facilities as a way to help speed delivery of Merck products in those markets. In certain other markets such as the US and Canada, UPS is managing warehousing operations for Merck products that require strict temperature and environmental controls, including vaccines and specialty pharmaceutical products.