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UPS expands healthcare fright facility

UPS cargo aircraft are loaded with air containers full of packages bound for their final destination at the UPS Worldport All Points International Hub in LouisvilleUPS has expanded its healthcare and life-sciences freight forwarding facility at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. A new nearly 6,500-square-foot, Good Distribution Practices (GDP)-compliant facility, set to open in early June, is designed to meet the high standards needed in the pharmaceutical and perishable markets.

The facility will feature temperature zone ranges of 15-to-25°C and 2-to-8°C,  as well as 24/7 monitoring and alarm systems to protect the integrity of temperature-sensitive healthcare shipments.

Using its GDP-certified facility at Schiphol allows UPS better control of the cross-docking and interim storage of healthcare shipments, mitigating risk of temperature fluctuation. At the facility, UPS also provides for the assembly of insulated pallet-packing options and the maintenance of actively controlled containers.

This announcement comes six months after UPS announced its agreement to acquire pharmaceutical logistics company Poltraf Sp. z o.o. The acquisition adds three facilities with advanced warehousing management systems, full quality-assurance services, and an experienced workforce to UPS’s existing European healthcare network.

UPS’s healthcare network offers around-the-clock monitoring and security, kitting and labelling, as well as order management and accounts receivable. Services across all locations are accessible via one global IT order management platform. UPS also helps healthcare companies meet regulatory requirements.

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