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Pharma distribution hub opens in Italy

By Hpanchal on May 14, 2013

CEVA Logistics is opening a health care distribution hub in Stradella, Italy.

The City of Pharma covers more than 215,000 square feet and is dedicated to the warehousing and handling of products destined for healthcare distribution channels.

“We are one of the first logistics operators in Italy able to manage European logistics integration for healthcare products, such as vaccines, antibiotics and life-saving drugs, which require specialist storage and handling. The City of Pharma is a multimarket hub, the center of a network that enables distribution throughout Italy and many other markets such as Eastern Europe and the Balkans,” Giuseppe Chiellino, managing director for CEVA in Italy, said. “In the current economic climate, CEVA can be an important partner for pharmaceutical companies by supporting them in designing more sophisticated logistics processes and reaching new markets in an even more efficient way."

The City of Pharma has been built in collaboration with Akno Business Parks and is equipped with innovative systems for temperature control. The area can be extended by an additional 430,000 square feet in a short time, enabling CEVA to respond to future market demands.

Stradella was chosen as the location of the new hub because it is central to the national logistics traffic running north-south and east-west. This area is the intersection of major Italian communication, rail and road routes, allowing CEVA to reach approximately 13,000 pharmacies, 500 hospitals and 400 wholesalers, with a total of about 350,000 shipments per year.