Nippon Express USA acquires GDP certification for Chicago warehouse NEX Pharma Solutions-Chicago to begin operations as a temperature-controlled facility for handling pharmaceuticals

September 4, 2020

NEX Pharma Solutions-Chicago to begin operations as a temperature-controlled facility for handling pharmaceuticals

Nippon Express USA, Inc. (Toshiya Abe, President; hereinafter, “NEUSA”), a subsidiary of Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (Mitsuru Saito, President), has recently set up NEX Pharma Solutions-Chicago, a temperature-controlled facility specializing in medical and pharmaceutical products, within its warehouse located near Chicago O’Hare Airport and obtained GDP certification for the facility, which began operations on Tuesday, September 1.

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    (Entrance to temperature-controlled facility)
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    (Interior of temperature-controlled facility)

The US Midwest (including Chicago) and Northeast are home to numerous pharmaceutical and medical equipment businesses, and these regions are expected to see rising demand for related logistics services. NEUSA’s Chicago location is its largest air cargo hub, a gateway that operates regular shuttle trucks to transport cargo arriving at Chicago O’Hare Airport to company locations in other Midwestern states for delivery as early as the following morning.

NEUSA on September 1 completed the procedures necessary to make subsidiaries out of MD Logistics LLC and MD Express LLC, two US logistics companies specializing in logistics functions for medical and pharmaceutical products. These companies have four warehouses in neighboring Indiana as well as one in Nevada (total floor area: approximately 1,000,000ft2 or 93,000m2) that offer storage, distribution processing and nationwide delivery services, and connecting these to the newly upgraded Chicago hub will make it possible to link these warehouses to overseas operations while still maintaining the transport quality appropriate for medical and pharmaceutical products.

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Strict compliance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) and other quality standards is required worldwide when handing pharmaceuticals, and customers are demanding increasingly higher quality standards for temperature control during transport/storage. The new NEX Pharma Solutions-Chicago will enable NEUSA to provide safe and high-quality temperature-controlled transport services and to meet customer needs with GDP-compliant facilities and operating frameworks.

[Facility features]
  • Capable of maintaining three temperature ranges: 15-25℃ (room-temperature), 2-8℃ (refrigerated) and -15℃ or lower (frozen)
  • Completely outfitted with dock shelters to prevent temperature excursions and contamination by foreign materials
  • System set to send out an alert immediately in the event of an excursion from the prescribed temperature range
  • Outfitted with emergency-use generators for use during power outages
  • Equipped with access control system for managing egress/ingress and CCTV cameras for round-the-clock monitoring

Nippon Express will continue enhancing its services to meet increasingly sophisticated and diverse pharmaceutical transport needs and will step up its efforts on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry, positioned as a priority industry in the Nippon Express Group Corporate Strategy.

[Profile of facility]
NameNippon Express USA, Inc. NEX Pharma Solutions-Chicago
Address401 E. Touhy Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018 USA
Facility area602.00m2
Temperature-controlled Space 1:189.52m2
Temperature-controlled Space 2:142.14m2

Inquiries on this matter

ContactMr. Jin, Mr. Sato or Ms. Yamada
Public Relations & Advertising Division
Nippon Express Co., Ltd.
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