UPS HEALTHCARE EXPANDS CAPABILITIES AND INCREASES CAPACITY TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RELIEF

London, England, January 18, 2021 – UPS announced today an expansion of healthcare capabilities at its Polar Speed subsidiary, with a new 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art healthcare logistics facility in Birmingham, United Kingdom. UPS Healthcare is leveraging Polar Speed’s comprehensive healthcare expertise to help address the increasing need for last-mile COVID-19 vaccine delivery and other healthcare logistics support.

The new facility will create faster and more efficient logistics support for Polar Speed customers at a time when speed and efficiency can often mean the difference between life and death.

“Polar Speed is an important part of the UPS Healthcare global logistics network,” said UPS Healthcare President Wes Wheeler. “From this new facility, Polar Speed is already scheduled to deliver three million influenza vaccines each week into General Practitioner (GP) Surgeries and Community Pharmacies. This new delivery capacity is now immediately available to also support COVID-19 vaccines for distribution across the country.”

During recent winter flu seasons, Polar Speed has routinely transported more than 10 million vaccine doses each year into various National Health Service locations. When combined with the existing 40,000 square feet of MHRA-licensed Polar Speed warehousing capacity throughout the UK, the additional size and scale of this new facility creates a seamless framework to deliver even more vaccines in response to COVID-19.

“Polar Speed’s capacity, technology and services enable us to provide streamlined and flexible solutions for the healthcare industry in the UK. We are proud to be a part of the solution in defeating COVID-19,” Wheeler added.

While vaccinating the UK population against COVID-19 is undoubtedly complex and unprecedented, Polar Speed’s forward-thinking approach, combined with more than 20 years of experience has positioned the company to solve the challenges of an ever-evolving supply chain. Polar Speed already delivers millions of vaccines in vehicles controlled at 2°C to 8°C, and the company is ready to support the UK government with immediate storage capacity. Polar Speed’s healthcare drivers maintain on-board and remote alert systems with GPS tracking for end-to-end visibility of each delivery, and the company’s fleet maintains appropriate temperature control for each delivery, as specified by the MHRA, to hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and patients at home.

The combined hub, depot, and warehouse facility is a significant investment in the UK and will be staffed by more than 100 employees, with capacity to store 8,000 pallets at a range of temperatures from 2°C to 8°C and 15°C to 25°C, and frozen storage capacity ranging from -20°C to -80°C, allowing it to store up to 25 million vaccine doses.

About UPS Healthcare and Polar Speed

UPS Healthcare has more than 10 million square feet of cGMP- or cGDP-compliant healthcare distribution space globally. UPS Healthcare services include: inventory management, temperature-controlled packaging and shipping, storage and fulfillment of medical devices, labs and clinical trial logistics. UPS Healthcare’s global infrastructure, its newest UPS Premier visibility service, its track and trace technology, and its global quality system are well-suited to meet today’s complex logistics demands for the pharmaceutical, medical device and laboratory diagnostic industries.

Polar Speed is a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS and part of the UPS Healthcare division. Polar Speed operates in an increasingly complex environment, where healthcare providers and life sciences companies must improve and optimise their supply chain, maintain regulatory compliance at all times and provide clinical excellence when delivering services to patients in their own home. In the UK, they provide a one-stop solution for your clinical and pharmaceutical supply chain needs. Polar Speed has access to utilize the robust global UPS Healthcare network of healthcare distribution space, highly trained healthcare logistics personnel, and dedicated services to protect products during transit. Everything is in position to deliver – our network, customs brokerage, trade management services, healthcare-compliant facilities and quality and regulatory experts.

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POLAR SPEED OPENS NEW GDP/GMP FACILITY IN ENGLAND

New Hub Provides Final Mile Delivery Solutions For Pharma Clients to Pharmacies, Hospitals And Patients

London, England, 2 December 2020. Polar Speed announced today the opening of their new warehouse and transportation hub providing additional storage capacity to clients for pharmaceutical products. Located less than 3 miles North of Birmingham City Centre and 12 miles from Birmingham Airport, the new 100,000 square foot hub provides easy access to transportation links and adds 23 routes to Polar Speed’s delivery network.  The state-of-the-art facility operates to GDP/GMP Standards, offering temperature-controlled warehouse space of 2-8 and 15-25 degrees Celsius and frozen storage ranging from -20 to -80 degrees Celsius. With 8,000 pallet spaces available, Polar Speed offers direct-to-pharmacy, direct-to-hospital and direct-to-patient distribution, and in addition to its current order-to-cash services, now offers import, re-packing, labelling and assembly services in the UK for pharmaceutical clients.

“Polar Speed is well positioned to support clients with additional Brexit storage solutions in the short term, with potential to support seasonal flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine storage and distribution next year,” said Wes Wheeler, UPS Healthcare President.

All of Polar Speed’s facilities are licenced by the MHRA for GDP/GMP activities, offering pick and pack services, with real time inventory management to ensure visibility and oversight for every pharmaceutical shipment. Their direct-to-market Order to Cash solution provides a highly scalable service with dedicated project management teams and end-to-end service streams. Customizable order platforms offer flexibility and control for every client and project. Serving over 20,000 patients, Polar Speed’s pharmacy services provide full patient oversight through their Polar Care Patient Management System. Coordinated patient support programs and homecare including nursing and phlebotomy services are also available.

Doaa Fathallah, Senior Vice President of Polar Speed, commented on the new facility, “We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients efficiently and effectively with tailor-made solutions. Polar Speed will continue to add capacity, technology, and services as needed to ensure we are providing a streamlined and flexible supply chain for the industry.”

About Polar Speed

Polar Speed is a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS and part of the UPS Healthcare division. Polar Speed operates in an increasingly complex environment, where healthcare providers and life sciences companies must improve and optimise their supply chain, maintain regulatory compliance at all times and provide clinical excellence when delivering services to patients in their own home. In the UK, they provide a one-stop solution for your clinical and pharmaceutical supply chain needs. Polar Speed has access to utilize the robust global UPS Healthcare network of approximately 9 million square feet of cGMP- or cGDP- compliant healthcare distribution space globally, highly trained healthcare logistics personnel, and dedicated services to protect products during transit. Everything is in position to deliver – our network, customs brokerage, trade management services, healthcare-compliant facilities and quality and regulatory experts

CONTACT: Rishi Jassal, sales@polarspeed.com  www.polarspeed.com

POLAR SPEED TO OPEN NEW GMP FACILITY IN ENGLAND

New Hub Provides Final Mile Delivery Solutions For Pharma Clients  to Pharmacies, Hospitals And Patients

London, England, 4 August 2020. Polar Speed announced today their plans to open a new warehouse and transportation hub which will provide additional storage capacity to clients for pharmaceutical products. 

Located less than 3 miles North of Birmingham City Centre and 12 miles from Birmingham Airport, the new 100,000 square foot hub provides easy access to transportation links and will add 23 routes to Polar Speed’s delivery network.  The state-of-the-art facility will operate to GMP Standards, offering temperature-controlled warehouse space of 2-8 and 15-25 degrees Celsius and frozen storage ranging from -20 to -80 degrees Celsius. With 8,000 pallet spaces available, Polar Speed can offer direct-to-pharmacy, direct-to-hospital and direct-to-patient distribution, and in addition to its current order-to-cash services, it will be adding import, re-packing, labelling and assembly services in the UK, for pharmaceutical clients.

“Polar Speed is one of UPS Healthcare’s key UK operations and this new facility is necessary to demonstrate our commitment to supporting our UK based clients,” said Wes Wheeler, UPS Healthcare President.

All of Polar Speed’s facilities are licenced by the MHRA for GDP/GMP activities, offering pick and pack services, with real time inventory management to ensure visibility and oversight for every pharmaceutical shipment. Their direct-to-market Order to Cash solution provides a highly scalable service with dedicated project management teams and end-to-end service streams. Customizable order platforms offer flexibility and control for every client and project. Serving over 20,000 patients, Polar Speed’s pharmacy services provide full patient oversight through their Polar Care Patient Management System. Coordinated patient support programs and homecare including nursing and phlebotomy services are also available.

Doaa Fathallah, Senior Vice President of Polar Speed, commented on the new facility, “Polar Speed has undergone a tremendous period of growth while providing innovative solutions to bring our clients closer to their patients. This new hub is a next step in ensuring that we are proactively anticipating client’s needs for capacity and will provide fully regulated, end-to-end services, to 98% of UK post codes. We will continue to make further investments in facilities and technologies in order to provide best-in-class service to our clients.”

About Polar Speed

Polar Speed is a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS and part of the UPS Healthcare division. Polar Speed operates in an increasingly complex environment, where healthcare providers and life sciences companies must improve and optimise their supply chain, maintain regulatory compliance at all times and provide clinical excellence when delivering services to patients in their own home. In the UK, they provide a one-stop solution for your clinical and pharmaceutical supply chain needs. Polar Speed has access to utilize the robust global UPS Healthcare network of approximately 9 million square feet of cGMP- or cGDP- compliant healthcare distribution space globally, highly trained healthcare logistics personnel, and dedicated services to protect products during transit. Everything is in position to deliver – our network, customs brokerage, trade management services, healthcare-compliant facilities and quality and regulatory experts.

CONTACT: Rishi Jassal, sales@polarspeed.com  www.polarspeed.com