UPS to build a healthcare distribution centre in the Netherlands

UPS has announced that it is building a new healthcare distribution centre in Roermond, the Netherlands, to accommodate growing demand. The new facility will measure close to 28,000 sq m and provide 41,000 pallet places. The announcement follows UPS’s opening of a healthcare-dedicated air freight forwarding facility at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The Roermond facility, which is scheduled to be completed in January 2016, is part of UPS’s ongoing growth plan in Europe. 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. It is expected that 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, UPS West 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 new building, which will be fully compliant with EU good distribution practice 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 further broadens the company’s global healthcare distribution network, which now encompasses more than 50 locations throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America.