The company did not reveal the names of vaccines it is planning to use in the project
United Parcel Service, Inc., the US based multinational package delivery and supply chain management firm, is reportedly preparing to test a service that dispatches nurses to vaccinate adults in their houses. As per trusted sources, the United Parcel Service wants to move beyond U.S. doorsteps with a new offering in the healthcare industry.
Reportedly, the move comes at a time when the firm and its healthcare clients are working to fend off competitive threats and cost pressures from Amazon. According to a report published by Reuters, United Parcel Service did not reveal which vaccines the company is planning to use in the project. However, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co has stated that it is looking forward to team up with United Parcel Service as part of the initiative.
Chris Cassidy, the head of global healthcare logistics strategy at United Parcel Service, was reportedly quoted saying that over-the-threshold services is where the world is headed. Cassidy, who joined UPS last year from GlaxoSmithKline PLC, was speaking at UPS’ Worldport facility in Louisville.
The project, which was not reported earlier, demonstrates how United Parcel Service is targeting a bigger slice of the USD 85 billion outsourced healthcare logistics industry. For the record, Deutsche Post’s DHL Group currently leads the market, which is anticipated to grow to USD 105 billion by 2021.
Sources familiar with the development claim that employees in the 1.7 million square feet healthcare complex of United Parcel Service at Worldport would package and ship the vaccine to one of the more 4,700 franchised stores of the company across the U.S. Consequentially, a home health nurse contracted by clinical trial logistics unit called as Marken would collect the insulated package and transport it to the patient’s house.
Reportedly, the home health nurse would then administer the drug, which will target a viral ailment in adults.