Medical, Lab & IT Equipment Benchmarking & Analytics

Medical, Lab & IT Equipment Benchmarking & Analytics

June 27, 2023

Market Alerts

Potential UPS Strike Could Further Disrupt Supply Chain

A potential UPS strike is looming at the end of July. More than 330,000 UPS warehousing, transportation, and delivery workers voted overwhelmingly to strike if a new, satisfactory agreement is not reached when the current contract expires on July 31. This would be the largest single-employer strike in U.S. history.

What does this mean for hospitals?

With 1 out of every 4 shipments in the U.S. handled by UPS (about 24 million packages/day), a strike of any length will be disruptive and challenge an already stressed hospital supply chain. If shipping volume has to be consolidated among the other carriers, it could overwhelm industry capacity, lead to higher rates, and result in longer, less predictable delivery times.

What can you do?

Whether or not UPS is a primary shipper for your hospital, planning ahead for a prolonged strike by establishing contingency plans for alternate shippers or modes of transportation will help mitigate the impact on your operation. Diversifying your hospital’s risk is the best way to minimize potential consequences of a strike.

Miga will continue to monitor progress in the talks between UPS and the Teamsters Union representing the UPS workforce. We will share more information and updates as it becomes available.

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Scott Bosch

Manager of Clinical Engineering

Park Nicollet Health Services

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Matt Werder

Chief Technology Officer

Hennepin County Medical Center

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Jim Tierney

CEO

Suburban Radiology

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Eric Hoag

Director, Corporate Strategy & Development

Allina Hospitals and Clinics

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Bill Barta

Corporate Director, System Imaging

Fairview Health Systems

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Matt Blashill

Enterprise Director of Supply Chain

Lake Region Healthcare

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Dan Bazinet

Director of Clinical Engineering

Southcoast Health

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COO

Community Hospital

"Miga's negotiating skills save us time and money. And their unique understanding of the market means we’re always playing from a position of strength."

Supply Chain Director

Regional Healthcare System

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