With governments and public authorities classifying UPS as an essential service provider, the company is combining the flexibility of its global network with Qiagen's increased production capacity for Covid-19 testing kits produced at their facility in Hilden, Germany to help healthcare workers curb the spread of the disease.
In Europe, UPS has recently invested $2 billion in its network and services. This investment has allowed the company to implement dynamic contingency plans that can adapt to the rapidly changing business environment. Despite recent border closures, UPS is continuing to serve the needs of its customers. Through its European air hub at Cologne-Bonn Airport, the company is able to ensure swift and efficient transportation of essential shipments in Europe and to destinations around the world.
“We have and continue to increase our production of reagents and COVID-19 testing kits to meet the current extraordinary demand for our products worldwide. Our supply chains, both to our production facilities as well as to our customers in laboratories and hospitals are crucial at this time,” said Barthold Piening, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations at QIAGEN. “Just as our teams at Qiagen are working 24/7 to ensure production we know we can rely upon UPS as our logistics partner to make sure these kits and components arrive on time and in the right condition to where they’re needed most. We share our ambition with UPS, with its flexible global network, to make our solutions as widely available as possible.”
These efforts to support Qiagen's global needs to respond to a global challenge with sophisticated supply chain management are in line with UPS’s support of governments and other private sector customers working to curb the Coronavirus pandemic.