CEVA Logistics, a supply chain management company, opened a health care cold chain hub in Miami.
CEVA has opened a Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliant and U.S.-Food-and-Drug-Administration-approved warehouse for the storage, merge-in-transit and repacking of health care products, including pharmaceutical and cold chain products such as vaccines.
The facility has a dedicated area where pharmaceutical shipments can be re-iced in order to maintain the cool chain. Constant temperature control is critical to maintain the efficacy of life-saving drugs and vaccines as they are distributed around the world.
This hub’s location allows CEVA customers to serve Latin American markets by using Miami as a gateway. The Miami facility can also function as a backup storage and pick-and-pack facility in case destinations in Latin America, which are normally serviced directly from Europe, are experiencing constraints due to demand.
The facility is located in CEVA’s Miami gateway and has a 3,000 square-foot (278-square-meter) temperature-controlled area and a 1,000 square-foot (93-square-meter) cooler.
“CEVA already operates a global network of GDP hubs in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas,” Sandro Knecht, executive vice president global consumer and retail and health care. “The opening of the Miami GDP hub gives CEVA the opportunity to provide even better solutions for our health care customers in general. The pick-and-pack facility specifically adds value in cold chain solutions into South America, ensuring complete compliance and product integrity from start to finish.”