SEKO Logistics MedTec establishes Rapid Response Team

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

To support the rapidly evolving supply chain challenges surrounding urgently needed medical supplies, SEKO Logistics MedTec has established a Rapid Response Team to assist and maintain medical care to the patient population across the United States and globally. SEKO MedTec encourages all medical aid and relief manufacturers of respirators, ventilators, gloves, masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to make contact immediately to begin planning for capacity. The focus right now is on New York City and surrounding metro area in the United States.

As China ramps up production again across multiple industries, many medical device suppliers are coming back online and ready to support and assist. At the same time, the need to deliver to hospitals from Milan to Seattle to New York City creates challenges where our MedTec team and White Glove expertise are bundled with our inbound supply chain capabilities to provide shippers a quick and effective solution that can be implemented quickly for aid and relief efforts.

Robert Shearer, Managing Partner, SEKO MedTec Solutions, said: “The nature of our business means we always maintain regular contact with our clients, but the impact of COVID-19 on production and transportation has created an unprecedented amount of variability in supply chains, which requires a carefully-coordinated response. The upshot is that our key clients are having to find solutions for very irregular demand and decreased capacity. We are focusing our MedTec resources on providing surge capacity for global and domestic transport, last mile White Glove and warehouse needs.”

SEKO has engaged with all of its core providers – across all modes of transport – to ensure access to available capacity across their global networks. SEKO’s operations-resiliency plans are fully active, staffed by an experienced team, and immediately available. In the United States and Europe, SEKO Logistics can provide the following services specific to medical device manufacturers and other hospital and medical suppliers:

• Expedited, next flight out urgent freight options
• Air charters (domestic and international)
• White Glove, inside deliveries into hospitals and clinics (or at the door)
• Dedicated compliance-based program management and site audits
• In-house developed, real-time technology
• Highly trained staff and state-of-the-art facilities
• Regional warehouse infrastructure and transport network
• 24/7/365 customer service for surgical material and equipment support
• Flexible capacity for surface, air, ocean and multi-modal transport
• Sea-air, rail-air and expedited ocean services
• Supported by a Quality Management System – ISO: 13485 and 9001

As one of the world’s leading MedTec logistics service providers, SEKO is closely monitoring the increased demand for ‘surge capacity’ to support urgent shipments of medical diagnostic, clinic and hospital equipment and supplies, which require a highly flexible and rapid response network.

In addition to the SEKO MedTec hubs located throughout the United States, SEKO’s COVID-19 business continuity plan gives medical equipment and supplies customers access to a network of over 60 stations close to ports and airports with capacity to support short-term and long-term product staging and deployment strategies. Located near ports and airports, this network offers more than 2 million square feet of forward stocking space in the United States. For high value, sensitive electronics and medical devices, SEKO MedTec’s White Glove deliveries also utilize an air-ride network including expedited and exclusive trucks as well as multi-modal services combining air cargo and LTL with White Glove and last mile deliveries.