CEVA Logistics has opened the City of Pharma, a 20,000 square meter (about 215,278 square foot) hub in Stradella, Italy, for the warehousing and handling of products destined for health care distribution channels.
The launch of the City of Pharma was driven by the success of the previous opening of City of Books with customers that included publishers of educational, fiction and non-fiction books and magazines, CEVA said in a written statement.
“We are one of the first logistics operators in Italy able to manage European logistics integration for health care products, such as vaccines, antibiotics and life-saving drugs, which require specialist storage and handling,” said Giuseppe Chiellino, managing director for CEVA in Italy. “The City of Pharma is a multi-market hub, the center of a network that enables distribution throughout Italy and many other markets such as Eastern Europe and the Balkans.”
The City of Pharma has been built in collaboration with Akno Business Parks. CEVA has the option to extend the area by an additional 430,556 square feet. It is also equipped with temperature-control systems for pharmaceutical products that need to be kept at a certain temperature to maintain product integrity.
The Stradella site was chosen as the location of the new hub because of its strategic position, being central to the national logistics traffic running north-south and east-west. This area represents the focal point of Italian logistics flows and the intersection of major Italian communication, rail and road routes, allowing CEVA to reach approximately 13,000 pharmacies, 500 hospitals and 400 wholesalers, with a total of about 350,000 shipments per year.