Marken taps into UPS' global network for new hybrid clinical trials service

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Marken is a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS. (Image: iStock/anyaberkut)
Marken is a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS. (Image: iStock/anyaberkut)

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Marken has launched a new hybrid logistics service that leverages UPS’ existing global transportation network – including airports, pilots, and aircraft.

Christine Noble, a Marken spokesperson, told the hybrid logistics service is an alternative to the classic courier shipping model using commercial airlines.

The new hybrid model utilizes the UPS global transportation network which includes 237 owned + 420 leased jet aircraft and 5,000 pilots serving over 680 airports worldwide​,” she explained.

Hybrid models are most appropriately used in conjunction with Marken’s existing partners when turnaround time is a key component of the particular shipment, for either the beginning or end of the shipment’s journey​,” Noble added.

According to the company, the new service provides tighter control to accelerate turnaround time and includes Marken oversight and management.

The hybrid model will be utilized for lanes where this solution will be appropriate to drive enhanced quality through improved turnaround time ​(TAT), or to drive potential savings when situations call for that type of solution to be applicable​,” Noble explained.

The company has also developed a reverse logistics hybrid service for the return of re-useable packaging and tracking devices. 

Marken and UPS – which acquired Marken​ late last year – will continue collaborating to develop additional services and supply chain, Noble said. “Both organizations continue to exhibit great enthusiasm as we continue to serve our clients such CROs, CMOs, and central laboratories​,” she added.

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