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UPS expands healthcare network in North America

Increased globalization, complex regulatory oversight, and temperature-sensitive applications help drive expansion of dedicated healthcare network.

UPS announced a significant expansion of its global healthcare distribution network in five key markets in North America. Expanding locations include facilities in Burlington, Ontario, Louisville, KY, Mira Loma, CA, Atlanta, GA, and Reno, NV. The new expansions add nearly 800,000 sq ft to the company’s global network of 37 dedicated healthcare facilities, which now total nearly six million sq ft of distribution space.

This investment represents the most recent installment of UPS’s ongoing commitment to serve the distinctive needs of healthcare clients around the world. UPS announced the expansion of its healthcare distribution network in the Asia-Pacific region in October 2012, with the opening of three new facilities in Hangzhou, China, Shanghai, China, and Sydney, Australia.

Several industry trends are driving the expansion of UPS’s global healthcare network, including increasing globalization, complex regulatory oversight, heightened focus on outcomes, and a growing need for specialized healthcare services, such as temperature-sensitive applications.

“UPS is committed to investing in our global network and supporting industry demand to meet customer needs for increased speed, flexibility, and efficiency,” says Bill Hook, vice president, global strategy, UPS Healthcare Logistics. “Our healthcare customers are creating value through our broad network and single global technology platform.”

UPS facilities meet all applicable government accreditations, licenses and maintain geographic-specific regulatory requirements, such as those of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Health Canada, among hundreds of others.

UPS healthcare facilities provide distribution space with temperature and humidity-controlled environments to help keep products in optimal conditions during storage. Each of the expanded facilities is designed to serve the warehousing and distribution needs of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Specifics of the expansions include:

Burlington, Ontario, Canada: UPS has 11 dedicated healthcare facilities in Canada, including three on UPS’s Burlington, Ontario, logistics campus, which is located near three major international airports. With the latest expansion of more than 200,000 sq ft to the Burlington campus, UPS now has nearly 600,000 sq ft of healthcare distribution space in this campus.

Louisville, KY: The latest expansion in Louisville adds a new 225,000 sq-ft facility to UPS’s healthcare distribution space in its flagship location, which already includes three buildings totaling more than one million sq ft of dedicated healthcare space. UPS’s Louisville healthcare campus is strategically located near UPS’s Worldport global air hub to provide next-day delivery for air shipment orders received as late as 11 p.m. EST, as well as UPS ground deliveries within two days or less to 70% of U.S. locations.

Mira Loma, CA: The expansion in Mira Loma adds more than 220,000 sq ft to the existing facility, resulting in a total of more than 350,000 sq ft of healthcare distribution space in this location.

Atlanta, GA: The addition of a new UPS healthcare facility in Atlanta adds more than 90,000 sq ft within the existing two facilities, resulting in a total of more than 200,000 sq ft of dedicated healthcare space.

Reno, NV: The expansion in Reno adds more than 55,000 sq ft to the existing facility totaling more than 150,000 sq ft of dedicated healthcare space in the Reno area.


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