Dive Brief:

  • UPS is planning to launch a new offering for tracking healthcare-related shipments in the first quarter of next year called UPS Premier that will use Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to track packages, according to a press release from the company.
  • UPS is creating a new unit within its operations, Healthcare and Life Sciences, that will oversee this project and other healthcare operations. UPS Premier will use on-package sensors to track items throughout the logistics network and will give priority to “time-dependent and temperature-sensitive packages to help increase on-time reliability,” the company explained.
  • “With these technologies and processing plans, we will have greater flexibility to protect these urgent packages along the ‘chain of custody,’ provide contingency solutions and ensure best-in-class service reliability,” UPS CEO David Abney said in a statement when the project was announced.

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