Medline has opened five newly constructed distribution centers in 2021, with two more to be completed in 2022, to support the long-term needs of healthcare providers.
The newest LEED-certified distribution center, set to be fully operational in Q1 of 2022, is located in Richmond Hill, Georgia, less than 30 miles from the Port of Savannah.
The opening in Richmond Hill is the latest in a larger transship center strategy and part of Medline’s Healthcare Resilience Initiative, a national capital expenditure campaign that included $1.5 billion in new distribution centers, manufacturing capabilities and IT upgrades to further their commitment to delivering superior customer service. Since 2018, the Medline Healthcare Resilience Initiative has delivered approximately 8,500 new jobs, eight new distribution centers, nearly 150 manufacturing expansion projects, and a new global digital customer ordering platform.
Medline’s strategy to build long-term resilience in the supply chain includes hedging future port disruption risks by expanding their distribution options to have transship operations located at all of the largest ports across the U.S. The company already has transship centers close to ports in Northern and Southern California, as well as the Northeast in New York and New Jersey.
The expansion of the transship center near the Port of Savannah will provide more options to support customers in key cities throughout the Southeast and Midwest, and the Port’s advanced capabilities and automation will allow Medline to triple its import volume into the region.