Enabling Faster Distribution in the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry – MD Logistics
New facilities in Indianapolis and Reno enable 3PL MD Logistics to support faster time to market for life sciences and pharmaceutical customers.
Many pharmaceutical products have to be kept within a certain temperature range to be effective. This creates a potential issue in distribution. There often is a time range in which delivery needs to occur for the product to be considered safe to administer. Because of this, manufacturers must take transit time and location into consideration when planning their distribution strategies.
As a third-party logistics provider operating within the life science and pharmaceuticals industry, we saw the importance of offering our customers solutions that allowed their products to get to the consumer as fast as possible. This drove our warehouse expansion strategy to have both a Midwest and West Coast presence within the life science and pharmaceutical industry.
Known as the crossroads of America, Indianapolis offers close proximity to three major ports of entry, five major interstates, and the eighth-largest cargo center in the nation, the Indianapolis International Airport. This strategic location enables a 48-hour shipping window to more than 65% of the United States, allowing for increased efficiency and decreased transportation costs. Its central location allows our Indiana-based warehouses to fully support our customers’ needs in the Midwest and along the East Coast.
Shipping products to the West Coast can be both costly and challenging. As the demands of the pharmaceutical industry continued to grow, we knew we had to increase our supply chain offerings. That expansion centered around offering our life science and pharmaceutical customers a West Coast warehousing solution. We knew that our distribution times were longer shipping to the western half of the United States from our current warehouses in Indianapolis. Expanding our reach further west would allow us to help current and potential customers increase their speed to market and uphold product quality.
In 2011, we opened another facility in Reno, Nevada. In total, the facility in Reno is a 55,000-square-foot FDA-registered, pharmaceutical-grade warehouse adhering to cGMP compliance. This facility includes controlled room-temperature and cold-chain storage as well as distribution services for some of our clients in the life science and pharmaceuticals industry.
With the addition of this facility in Reno, we are able to reach more than 80% of the U.S. population, including those in the 11 western states, within a 48-hour ground shipping window.
Due to its access to two major highway corridors and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Reno, Nevada, has become the logistics hub of the West.