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UPS building healthcare distribution centre in Netherlands

Steve Rogerson
June 30, 2015
UPS is building a healthcare distribution centre in Roermond, the Netherlands, to accommodate growing demand. The facility will measure close to 28,000 square meters and provide 41,000 pallet places.
The announcement comes a month after UPS opened a healthcare-dedicated air freight forwarding facility at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
The Roermond facility is scheduled to be completed in January 2016. With its close proximity to UPS’s European air hub at Cologne-Bonn airport in Germany, it allows for short transit times, including next-day and two-day service, to global destinations. Up to 200 jobs will be created once the facility is fully operational.
“This third dedicated healthcare facility in the logistics-and transportation-centric area of Limburg significantly strengthens the capacity of UPS’s European distribution campus,” said Harld Peters, president for UPS in western Europe. “It allows shippers to comply with international healthcare quality standards and serve a broad customer base, either directly through UPS’s global express transportation network or via UPS satellite healthcare facilities in other European countries, such as Spain, Italy, Poland or Hungary.”
The building, which will be compliant with EU Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines and licensed by the Dutch Ministry of Health, will provide inventory management, temperature-sensitive storage and quality assurance services with a direct feeder connection to UPS’s air hub at the Cologne-Bonn airport. It also broadens the company’s global healthcare distribution network, which now encompasses more than 50 locations throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America.
“Our city is very happy with the expansion of the UPS campus in Roermond,” said Rianne Donders, mayor of Roermond. “This shows again that Roermond is situated perfectly as a logistics hub for UPS in Western Europe. Furthermore, this expansion of UPS creates jobs and a stronger economic position of Roermond in the region.”
UPS delivers value to healthcare and life sciences companies through a portfolio of specialised freight and small package services. The Atlanta-based company’s healthcare network offers round-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 helps healthcare companies meet stringent and often complex regulatory requirements, provides flexibility for a changing business environment, and serves an increasingly global customer base.