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Cardinal Health breaks ground in Ohio for OTC distribution center

The Consumer Health Logistics Center will serve as a centralized hub for the distribution of consumer health products.

Construction has begun for a new 350,000 sq.-ft. logistics center in Columbus, Ohio, that will serve as Cardinal Health's centralized replenishment center for the distribution of over-the-counter consumer health products in support of its core pharmaceutical business.

Located in the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park, the Consumer Health Logistics Center will be the fourth Cardinal Health distribution facility in Central Ohio, along with its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. Scheduled to be fully operational by Summer 2025, the facility will create approximately 100 new jobs in Ohio.

"Over the past five years, we've seen rapid growth in the demand for consumer health products," said Debbie Weitzman, CEO of pharmaceutical and specialty solutions. "The new Consumer Health Logistics Center will support our customers' needs for affordable, reliable and comprehensive options of over-the-counter medications, treatments and diagnostic solutions to serve their patients."

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The implementation of advanced inventory management systems in the Consumer Health Logistics Center will continue to improve supply chain resiliency, offering customers a broader range of product options. By enhancing speed, convenience and reliability, this investment showcases Cardinal Health's dedication to delivering dependable and efficient healthcare solutions, the company said.

"The innovative technology and solutions powering the Consumer Health Logistics Center will be a differentiator in the marketplace," said Jamie Barker, senior vice president of pharmaceutical supply chain. "I'm looking forward to how this center will improve Cardinal Health's agility and speed to optimize product needs across the network, replenish and balance inventory more frequently, and provide unparalleled supply chain responsiveness for our customers."

The Consumer Health Logistics Center will feature the latest logistics technology, Honeywell Intelligrated software-enabled automation and operator workflows to optimize inventory efficiency and outbound product flow. The use of automation will enhance the work experience for Cardinal Health employees while also supporting fluctuations in product demand and labor.

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Cardinal Health is working in partnership with Prologis, a global leader in logistics real estate solutions, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and Capitol Square.

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