Arvato Healthcare agrees collaboration with Voigt Industrie Service AG
The Swiss pharmaceutical logistics expert has been a reliable partner to pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland for many years, and has two healthcare sites that meet all the requirements for storing the full range of sensitive medication. “As an example, the warehouses have special areas for anaesthetics and cytostatics, as well as temperature-controlled areas from 15 to 25 °C or 2 to 8 °C,” says Christian Fritz, CEO of Voigt Industrie Service AG. “We also place great stock in our quality management.”
“For our international customers, we at Arvato Healthcare want to keep expanding our European network according to the requirements of modern supply chain concepts, while offering healthcare companies an even broader portfolio,” explains Dr. Thorsten Winkelmann, CEO of Arvato Healthcare, speaking of the decision to enter into the partnership.
The Arvato Healthcare sites already act as central warehouses within Europe for many pharmaceutical and medical technology customers from all around the world. From these locations, sensitive medication and implants are sent to wholesalers or directly to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors. However, the legal regulations in Switzerland mean that final-mile delivery to Swiss hospitals and pharmacies has to be supplied from a warehouse within or close to the Swiss borders. With its warehouse in Niederbipp, close to Bern, Voigt Industrie Service AG fulfils this requirement.
“Pharmaceutical logistics isn’t about packages – it’s about patients and their health,” emphasises Christian Wolf, Director Healthcare of Arvato Healthcare. “This is why we set high standards not only for our own healthcare sites, but also for our partners. Voigt Industrie Service AG suit us very well, as they have established a similar infrastructure that is easy to integrate into our processes. This means our customers will continue to receive secure, integrated solutions from a single source. Similar IT systems and high-capacity interfaces allow for maximum transparency throughout all our processes, and a secure supply chain. This way, our customers know their goods are always in safe hands.”
Final-mile delivery to the first of Arvato Healthcare’s regular customers in Switzerland will commence when the partnership officially comes into effect. Solutions for other customers are currently in the project phase, and will be implemented as quickly as possible.
Arvato is an internationally networked outsourcing service provider. More than 63,000 employees design and realise tailor-made solutions for a wide variety of business processes along integrated service chains, for business customers from all over the world. These solutions cover all services related to the generation and distribution of printed goods and digital storage media, as well as data management, customer care, CRM services, supply chain management, digital distribution, financial services, qualified and customised IT services. The Arvato Healthcare market unit develops, implements and runs integrated sales and supply solutions that are tailored to the needs of the industry and health insurance companies, healthcare professionals and patients.