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The Last Stand of the Brand: The Rise of Biologics
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In the movie “X-Men: The Last Stand”, the fictional pharmaceutical company, Worthington Labs, develops an inoculation to suppress the gene that gives mutants their super-powers, offering the “cure” to any mutant who desires it.  The “cure” was derived from the DNA of a young child whose powers included suppressing other mutants’ abilities.  Although this scenario is fictional, some pharmaceutical therapies are actually being manufactured today in the form of biologics.   Some characteristics of biologics are:

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UPS survey: Healthcare logistics executives build regulatory compliance competencies in Western Europe
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UPS recently launched our 6th annual UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey, which takes the pulse of healthcare logistics executives around the world on their top business and supply chain concerns and “pain points,” successful strategies they have put in place to address issues and future investment plans.

This post focuses on top findings in Western Europe, where executives are seeing success in strategies they have put in place to address regulatory compliance issues and are planning further investments, even in a difficult economic environment.

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UPS survey: Product protection top supply chain concern for healthcare logistics executives in Asia
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UPS marks its 6th “Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey” this year, which is conducted annually across North America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific (interactive executive summary) and Latin America. This week, we focus on the findings from the Asia Pacific region where healthcare logistics executives are particularly concerned about product protection, which include both product security and product spoilage.

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UPS Survey: Global Healthcare Logistics Executives Preparing for Supply Chain Transformation
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Today, we are releasing our 6th annual UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey, conducted by the research firm TNS.  The survey reveals insights into the top challenges facing global healthcare logistics executives and highlights their future investment plans. This year we added new geographies to the survey and probed deeper to uncover strategies that successful healthcare executives are implementing to overcome their top supply chain challenges.

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Demographics are Destiny: How the ‘Gray Tsunami’ is Changing Healthcare
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A famous saying in both politics and business is “demographics are destiny.” Demographics provide a picture of what a society looks like today and can also be used to understand trends that change a population over time. 

 A good example of the way that demographics can change a society is in the generation born after World War II. After the declining birthrates of the 1930’s, there was a huge increase in family growth as soldiers returned home. More than 50 years ago, Business Week coined the phrase “Baby Boomers” to describe the twelfth, and largest, generation born in America of 77 million who’ve been since then called the “love generation,”  “me generation,” and as they enter retirement, “the Gray Tsunami.”

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Green Warehousing: Embracing What You Already Practice
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In the movie “Talladega Nights” the main character, Ricky Bobby, prefers to have his arm broken rather than to admit that he likes crepes.  He confesses a love for thin, tasty pancakes but conceding to liking something called a “crepe” is just too much for him to handle.  Why?  Probably the same reason I walk past and ignore the “non-fat” items in a grocery store.  Because words matter and they elicit positive and negative reactions due to the perceptions they words imply.

I have seen similar reactions among some logistics professionals when discussing Green Warehousing.  Immediately their minds race to expensive facility changes, re-training, and yet another process or program that they will be required to certify and track.  What some of those professionals may not realize is that the elements emphasized in green warehousing are the same principles they have practiced their entire career, albeit under a different name.  Making your facility green may not require a drastic transformation in your mindset, simply a re-labeling of your activities, taking it one step further, and then taking credit.

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Extreme Logistics: UPS Delivers Influenza Vaccine to Laos
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Recently, UPS partnered with bioCSL, based in Australia, Laos Ministry of Health, and others to deliver nearly 100,000 doses of flu vaccine to Laos, where flu season was fast-approaching. The Laos Ministry of Health administered the flu vaccine to people at high risk of flu-related complications including pregnant women and people over fifty. Laos is not only extremely remote, but the flu vaccines must be kept within a strict temperature range throughout transport of 2°- 8° C.

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Highlights from the Service Across Sectors: Sparking Innovation Keynote Panel at CECP
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I recently had the privilege of participating on a special keynote panel on cross-sector service and volunteerism at the annual CECP Summit in New York. UPS has been innovating with its employee engagement programs for years, so I was excited to have the opportunity to share our work with a distinguished group of leaders in business, civil society and government that are collectively working to boost corporate engagement and philanthropy.

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Capacity for Help
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As Humanitarian Engineering & Logistics Manager, I am involved with The UPS Foundation and its support of CARE, Red Cross, Good360 and MedShare. UPS’s logistics expertise assists the non-government organizations (NGOs) in three categories:  In-kind Transportation, Emergency In-kind Transportation and Capacity Building.

My responsibility pertains to the third category—Capacity Building. My job is done before a disaster happens and should make a positive impact on how an NGO functions during and after a disaster. We’re basically facilitating logistics, which is simply defined as the movement of goods, information and finances.

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The perfect match: UPS brings CEMELOG into its global healthcare family
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As a part of UPS’s global healthcare growth strategy, UPS announced today that it will acquire Hungarian pharmaceutical logistics company, CEMELOG. Based outside of Budapest, CEMELOG has been offering customers across central and eastern Europe tailor-made healthcare logistics solutions for over a decade, and serves some of the most recognized healthcare brands in the world. The acquisition will further strengthen UPS’s healthcare presence in Europe with regional expertise and services. It also will add three new facilities to UPS’s dedicated global healthcare network, bringing our total number of healthcare facilities to 41.  Watch this video with Bill Hook, VP of global strategy, UPS Healthcare Logistics to learn more: