21.11 2016

Katren JSC opens new logistics complex in Chelyabinsk

November 14, 2016, Chelyabinsk. - Katren JSC, one of Russia's largest pharmaceutical distributors, has completed the construction of a regional warehouse in Chelyabinsk.

The opening ceremony was attended by guests from Katren JSC's other branches, its central office, and its partners - leaders of pharmacy chains and pharmacies in the region, and representatives of manufacturers.

Katren JSC's new logistics complex was built using the narrow-passage technology, which complies with all GDP* requirements, and delivers pharmaceutical goods to the three neighbouring regions. The warehouse deals with orders from pharmacies in Kurgan, Chelyabinsk, and Sverdlovsk Regions and Ekaterinburg. This includes orders made via Apteka.ru. The total area of​the complex in Chelyabinsk is 7 thousand sq. m. Products range has increased by 10% as compared to the previous warehouse. There is also the possibility of increasing it up to 16 thousand items if necessary. The complex is equipped with modern automated sorting systems. The conveyor's capacity is over 200 thousand items.

Director of Katren JSC branch in Chelyabinsk, Vladimir Kirzhatsky, commented: "In light of the increasing competition among pharmaceutical companies in the region due to federal chains entering the market, logistics takes on particular significance. Katren is now the only federal distributor with its own logistics centre in Chelyabinsk. Therefore, the distributor has greatly increased responsibility to ensure the necessary level of service. We understand the importance of this process and strive to build a highly efficient system that provides reliable, high-quality assembly and punctual delivery of goods. Opening a logistics centre of this size will not only increase the stock capacity but also expand the product range up to 16 thousand items in order to provide the Region's population with the necessary range of pharmaceutical products."

Katren JSC 
Katren JSC is Russia's largest pharmaceutical distributor and is part of the holding, Katren OJSC. According to data from 2015, the total area of​Katren JSC's warehouses is 121,500 sq. m. The volume of trade turnover is RUB 203 billion. The market share of direct supplies of pharmaceutical products is 18.4%. Katren JSC cooperates with 701 suppliers and is represented by 23 branches throughout Russia. Katren JSC delivers to 44,235 pharmacy organisations.

* Good Distribution Practice is a quality assurance system for warehouses and distribution centres operating in the field of pharmaceutical distribution.

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