Merck expands UPS logistics deal

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Pharmaceuticals giant Merck has expanded its logistics deal with UPS to include aspects of its global supply chain. UPS currently manages the distribution, warehousing and transport of Merck’s medicines and vaccines in North America.

Willie A Deese, executive vice president and president, Merck Manufacturing Division, said: “This expanded agreement with UPS allows us to focus on our core business as a global healthcare leader that looks for innovative ways to bring our medicines and vaccines to patients in emerging markets and markets around the world.”

Merck’s relationship with UPS began in 2003 with package delivery services in the United States, and has grown to include North American distribution, warehousing and multi-modal transport services.

UPS will now provide these services in certain markets in Asia and Latin America, including the emerging markets of China and Brazil. UPS also is providing transport services in Europe.

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