UPS opens new healthcare facility in Colombia

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UPS has opened its new 76,000ft² healthcare-dedicated facility in Colombia, the company’s latest investment in healthcare logistics.

The multi-client facility is equipped with the newest technology for storing temperature-sensitive healthcare products. The building offers distribution services, warehouse management, and late-stage customization solutions such as labeling, product kitting and configuration, and repackaging.

It is hoped the center will help pharmaceutical, biopharma and medical device companies create global supply chains as they expand into, transport within, and export from Latin America.

The Colombia facility features sorting, processing and data capture technology available through UPS’s validated warehouse management system, providing customers full inventory visibility, standardized processing and reporting. Customers will also have access to UPS’s global transportation technology network for complete control of their supply chains.

Francisco Ricaurte, UPS Colombia country manager, commented, “This latest announcement represents part of UPS’s long-term strategy to strengthen its integrated healthcare network to help manufacturers lower costs, streamline inventory and meet increasing demands across Latin America and the world.

“When it comes to high-value, sensitive products, this investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the healthcare and life science industries, and to our mantra, It’s a patient, not a package.”

The facility is Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) compliant, and follows international and local regulations required by the Colombian Drug Regulatory Authority (Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia del Medicamento – INVIMA) and the Colombian Ministry of Health. The building is located near El Dorado International Airport in San Diego Industrial Park in the Funza, Cundinamarca area of Colombia.

“Romaine Seguin, UPS Americas region president, said, “Latin America is a vital region for the global healthcare industry. This facility offers greater access to UPS’s first-class logistics solutions for pharmaceutical products and medical devices, providing healthcare customers in the region with the confidence and support they need to achieve their business goals.”

June 6, 2017

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