UPS and Merck expand logistics agreement

by MM&D staff

MISSISSAUGA: UPS and Merck have broadened their distribution and logistics agreement to include aspects of Merck’s global supply chain around the world. UPS manages the distribution, warehousing and transportation of Merck’s medicines and vaccines in North America.

The collaboration began in 2003 with package transportation and delivery services in the US and expanded to include North American distribution, warehousing and multi-modal transportation services. UPS will now provide these services in certain markets in Asia and Latin America, including the emerging markets of China and Brazil. UPS is also providing transportation services in Europe.

“The UPS-Merck collaboration brings together the expertise of two companies that are globally strong, customer-focused and committed to driving positive change in the healthcare supply chain,” said Kurt Kuehn, UPS chief financial officer. “UPS is investing deeply to align the broad range of capabilities that we’ve developed to meet the very unique needs of this industry.”

UPS is establishing distribution centres in China and Brazil to support Merck’s manufacturing and packaging facilities. In Canada and the US, UPS manages warehousing operations for Merck products such as vaccines and specialty pharmaceutical products requiring temperature and environmental controls.