Arvato Healthcare is taking a targeted approach to expanding its European network for healthcare services. The company is setting up a new multi-user warehouse in Gennep, Netherlands, which will be around 9,000 sq m and designed to meet the demands of the Healthcare business.
The logistics centre, which has a total area of 30,000 sq m, was originally opened in March 2016 to serve Arvato’s High-tech and Entertainment division. From summer 2016 onwards, Arvato Healthcare will carry out various services for its customers from the Gennep site, including the distribution of medical devices to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Plans for subsequent expansion of the warehouse are already under way, with a total of 20,000 sq m of additional warehouse space due to be available to Arvato by 2017. The overall area of the distribution centre can be increased to up to 70,000 sq m.
The Gennep site will initially have a total of 1,200 pallet locations and 1,500 shelving rack bays available for storing products. These include medical devices and cardiology and endovascular equipment such as heart catheters and heart valves. As well as distribution, Arvato’s Healthcare division will be responsible for transport management (inbound and outbound), order management, the direct supply of hospitals, returns management and cash collection.
“We are developing the new site in response to increasing demand from international customers for centralised logistics warehouses in Europe. In addition to this site, we are opening new distribution centres this summer in Alcalá, Spain, and in Calcinate, Italy”, said Freek Ebberink, Project Manager, Expansion at Arvato Healthcare. “From Gennep we can distribute products across Europe in just 48 hours”, he added. Arvato claims the distribution centre provides the ideal conditions for this, with Its central location in Western Europe, right next to the logistics hotspot of Venlo-Venray, as well as infrastructure links.