Leica Biosystems picks arvato as UK partner

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Leica Biosystems, which makes medial diagnostics systems, has chosen arvato UK & Ireland to handle its UK logistics.

Under the agreement, arvato will warehouse and distribute Leica Biosystems’ medical diagnostic instruments and related consumables, to hospitals and laboratories across the UK & Ireland. arvato is set to handle over 20,000 lines across 10,000 orders annually.

The supply services, previously operated in-house by Leica Biosystems, will be managed from arvato’s distribution hub in Hams Hall, Birmingham.

Leica Biosystems’ diagnostic product range of sample preparation, staining, imaging and reporting in the anatomical pathology field will require arvato to employ specialist handling methods for the management of this partnership.

“Our products are a critical part in helping to identify terminal illnesses in laboratories and hospitals around the world. Ensuring that they’re shipped safely, without damage and on-time is an absolutely essential part of the service we strive to provide for our customers,” said Dennis Burke, VP operations and distribution, Leica Biosystems. “arvato’s understanding of the unique demands of the healthcare supply chain, combined with its flexibility in responding to our request, really made the difference in our selection process.”

Markus Schmücker, managing director, supply chain solutions at arvato UK & Ireland, said: “The healthcare sector is a strategic growth market for our supply chain business and this agreement sees us add one of the leading global brands in diagnostic equipment manufacturing to our client portfolio.”

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