The logistics firm has been managing the North American distribution, warehousing and transportation needs of the healthcare company since 2003. UPS will now offer the same services in Asia and Latin American markets, providing transportation services in Europe.
UPS is currently establishing distribution centers in China and Brazil to help spread Merck's products in those markets.
In the July issue of Air Cargo World , Vito Losurdo, the company's new vice president of global air freight services, spoke of UPS' dedication to the healthcare sector.
"There are several dynamic changes occurring in healthcare industry that have significant impacts on the supply chain that we’re helping to address," he said. "One example is an increasing amount of temperature-sensitive drugs and biologic products coming to market, which translates to very specialized, compliant handling, storage and transportation requirements. To that end, we are continuing to focus on areas such as enhancing our temperature-sensitive capabilities and expanding our distribution network around the world to meet our customers’ needs.”