I think I can speak a little bit about this topic as it was how I made a living in a former life with logistics. Why a warehouse? Obviously this will be to handle fulfillments to where UPS will stock and pull the shipments, make out the bill of lading from the client making the shipment. As you can read the warehouses are kept pretty cold and this will save money for companies not having to maintain their own warehouses to pull and ship orders. They have 2 warehouses and are moving up to four. No more is is just little brown boxes that make up the face of logistics. This is a bit of a turn around as years ago freight companies didn’t want to mess with much of this type of business, but now it’s becoming a priority. a sign of the times.
Overall the pharma and medical supply business has really had to come to the plate too with new methodologies over the last few years. FedEx has their tracking system for biotech shipments too. By the way, it was just 2 years ago that one of the FedEx MD-11s crashed in Japan too. BD
FedEx Introduces SenseAware – Focus on Healthcare and Life Sciences for Tracking Shipments In Real Time
For companies that make temperature-sensitive drugs and vaccines, UPS offers a way to store products and get them out the door quickly when orders come in — even when dealing the U.S. government's highest list of controlled substances, which must be stored in secured vaults.
UPS began handling health-care goods at its sprawling Supply Chain Solutions campus — a couple of miles south of the company's Worldport global air hub at Louisville International Airport — in 2006.