Distribution & Hospital Supply
At Allen Austin, we have an in-depth understanding of the diverse spectrum of supply chain-related challenges faced by pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and medical supplies companies. We believe that transformational leadership is the only way companies can manage the change and drive growth amidst uncertainty. We provide highly specialized talent solutions to our clients, helping them recruit and retain the most sought-after leaders for their company.
Pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and medical supplies providers are experiencing major upheavals resulting from the increasing needs of a healthcare environment undergoing a seismic change. Many companies have responded to the challenge by delivering products that are clinically effective and cost-efficient, but have invested little effort and money in updating their distribution operations. Yet the supply chain is just as important, since it carries a product from the factory floor to the patient’s bedside.
Most pharmaceutical, medical supplies, medical equipment manufacturers have complex supply chains that are underutilized and ill-equipped to cope with the current and future challenges. Most suppliers fail to take into account that the product portfolios of pharmaceutical companies have expanded to include biologicals and tissue-based therapies that require more complex distribution processes than conventional chemical entities. They are highly susceptible to damage and impurities during shipping and distribution, and should therefore be transported in novel delivery devices. Similarly, the transport and distribution of fragile laboratory equipment, diagnostic instruments, and high-cost surgical products, such as vascular and ureteral stents requires special care in order to prevent damage and ensure product quality.
Since the implementation of a value-based healthcare system, healthcare providers and payers have become much more demanding. This has huge implications for pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and medical supplies manufacturers as they will not only have to ensure delivery of superior-quality, safe, and effective products, but will also have to supplement their products with a range of supporting services to make sure that the patient gets the most from the therapy.
As profit margins of pharmaceutical, medical supplies, and medical device manufacturers continue to shrink, they may want to explore new markets that offer better revenue-generation opportunities. However, to achieve this objective, they will have to build a supply chain that is more geographically dispersed, as well as equipped to prevent counterfeiting, diversion, and cargo theft.
In addition, expanding operations to global markets also expose pharmaceutical, medical supplies, and medical device manufacturers to the risk of non-compliance. Greater public scrutiny and pressure to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner will require companies to ensure compliance with the standards set by the FDA, as well as to the local regulations of a country. Failure to ensure this might result in recalls damaging the bottom line and public image of a supplier.
The future of distribution and hospital supply will involve the digitization of supply chain processes. This includes the use of advanced technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), RFID tagging, and real-time tracking systems to improve inventory management, reduce stockouts, and enhance supply chain visibility. Digitization can enable more efficient and accurate ordering, tracking, and delivery of medical supplies and equipment.
Automation and robotics will play a significant role in the future of distribution and hospital supply. Automated systems can streamline warehouse operations, picking and packing processes, and inventory management. Robotics can be used for tasks such as sorting, packaging, and delivering supplies within hospitals. These technologies can improve efficiency, reduce errors, and free up healthcare staff for more critical tasks.
Predictive analytics and AI technologies can optimize supply chain management by forecasting demand, identifying trends, and optimizing inventory levels. These technologies can analyze historical data, market trends, and other factors to make accurate predictions and recommendations for supply chain planning. AI-powered algorithms can also assist in real-time decision-making, such as identifying potential disruptions or optimizing delivery routes.
Blockchain technology has the potential to enhance transparency, traceability, and security in the distribution and hospital supply chain. The future of distribution and hospital supply will involve the use of blockchain for secure and immutable record-keeping, authentication of products, and tracking the movement of supplies. Blockchain can improve supply chain integrity, reduce counterfeit products, and enable efficient recalls or tracebacks when necessary.
Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) and Just-in-Time (JIT) delivery models can optimize inventory management and reduce waste in the distribution and hospital supply chain. VMI involves suppliers taking responsibility for managing inventory levels at healthcare facilities, ensuring that supplies are always available when needed. JIT delivery focuses on delivering supplies at the exact time they are needed, minimizing storage requirements and reducing the risk of expired or obsolete inventory.
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