Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bonus for Healthcare Logistics Centre as Company Takeover Day Approaches

Multimodal Distribution Options Available from New Facility
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GERMANY – SWITZERLAND – DENMARK – Panalpina's newly opened Healthcare Logistics Centre in Weiterstadt near Frankfurt/Main has obtained Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification and says it is ready to assist healthcare customers with the handling, transport and storage of their temperature-sensitive medicinal products. Frankfurt is Panalpina's third logistics facility in Germany's Rhein-Main region, alongside Moerfelden and Neu-Isenburg. However how long the Swiss group's name stays above the door is a matter of conjecture.

The new facility is close to Frankfurt/Main international airport, but more crucially, also very well-connected to major highways and Germany’s federal road infrastructure. This allows customers to shorten lead times for intra-European and global shipments coming through this region. Typical healthcare shipments might go from Frankfurt to Sydney by air freight, or from Frankfurt via Antwerp to the US by ocean freight.

The facility has successfully passed an audit by the inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS, and is now certified according to EU Good Distribution Practice (GDP). It is equipped for hub services for multimodal transport, including last-mile delivery, and linked to Panalpina’s global network that offers temperature-controlled Air and Ocean Freight solutions.

For Ocean Freight, Panalpina uses reefer containers for both Less than Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL) services. The company says that several healthcare customers have confirmed that they wish to use the Frankfurt/Main facility for diverse activities including passive packaging preparation, cargo consolidation and long-term storage.

Some 4,500 m2 of temperature-controlled warehouse space of the Frankfurt/Main facility is dedicated to healthcare customers; another 4,600 m2 for multi-purpose use, while an additional 620 m2 is taken by office space. Of the healthcare-dedicated part, 3,500 m2 covers temperatures from 15°C to 25°C, with three dedicated truck docks, and 1,000 m2 covering a temperature range from 2°C to 8°C, with two dedicated truck docks. The warehouse has more than 6,000 pallet locations, an X-ray machine in the temperature-controlled area, and is able to handle dangerous goods.

Panalpina says that these capabilities allows its healthcare customers to make their supply chains much more flexible. Volker Werner, Panalpina’s District Manager, Central Germany, explains:

“The facility is not only set up for multimodal transport; we have fully equipped it to meet all possible requirements of our pharma customers. Besides thermos-cover handling, re-icing and gel-pack handling, we can also take care of the temperature-controlled last-mile delivery, with 24-hour monitoring of the cargo.”

The Panalpina Healthcare Logistics Centre Frankfurt/Main obtained GDP certification on August 6, 2019. This brings the logistics provider’s global network of GDP-certified locations to 38. Stephen Kay, Regional Manager for Panalpina’s Healthcare Industry Vertical, said:

“Since the new centre is so close to Frankfurt airport as well as major European ports, it is a gateway to the world for healthcare products. In combination with Panalpina’s other European centres of excellence, we have a highly flexible set-up, where we can move products to every continent by air or ocean freight and using either active or passive cooling. Based on the customers’ requirements, we can also choose between commercial carriers or the Panalpina Charter Network with its main hub in nearby Luxembourg.”

In the meantime Panalpina awaits the final stage of its acquisition by Danish logistics group DSV, scheduled for 19 August. Yesterday (13 August) DSV published the public exchange offer for all publicly held registered shares of Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG.

Up to the expiration of the additional acceptance period on August 7, 2019, 4.00 p.m. CEST, a total of 23,379,700 Panalpina shares have been tendered into the Offer, corresponding to 98.44% of all 23,750,000 Panalpina Shares listed as of that date.

Photo: Inside Panalpina’s Healthcare Logistics Centre Frankfurt/Main.