Patrick Sedlak recently received an award in recognition of his volunteer role on MHI’s Roundtable Advisory Committee. MHI is the largest material handling, logistics, and supply chain association in the U.S., and it is known for hosting the trade shows Promat and Modex.
A year and a half ago I came to Sedlak as a 40+ year veteran of the healthcare supply chain. I thought my charge was to teach these Industrial Engineers about healthcare. Instead, I have learned that healthcare is missing opportunities for distribution and logistics cost savings and optimization.
As health care organizations focus on improving operations in order to become more efficacious and cost-effective in rendering care, they often focus on big picture initiatives. In doing so, they can overlook opportunities in more mundane places.
Pharmaceutical cold chain is a major part of the supply chain in the healthcare industry, and one that faces some unique logistics challenges even as the value of pharma products continues to rise.
Consumer expectations for speed are driving a grand experiment in home delivery (think Amazon Key and Uber delivery), and retailers are scrambling to find ways to develop fast and convenient delivery options that won’t break their bottom line.
Long-haul tractor trailers get a bad rap for averaging 7 miles per gallon of diesel, but in context they are more fuel efficient than a Ford F250 pickup, and various innovations are improving fuel economy.
As Hurricane Harvey continues to pummel major area of Texas and Louisiana, we are rapidly seeing the impacts on supply chains all over the country brought on by port closures, carriers' inability to navigate affected areas, and the destruction of critical infrastructure. Whether or not your business or customers are located in the region, you will feel the effects in your supply chain for weeks or months to come.
Transportation costs are defined by volume – aggregating into larger volumes will result in lower costs. As healthcare companies grow and expand their business, it’s important for them to evaluate where their volumes are. Dennis Heppner explains how there could be a tipping point at which the old shipping model no longer makes sense and another model should be considered.
For the healthcare industry, the delivery of products – from manufacturers to distributors to providers to patients – is often an isolated entity in the supply chain. Dennis Heppner presents reasons why a holistic and proactive approach to healthcare logistics management is critical to maintain performance and profitability.
Part two of this two-part series examines how shippers can navigate their carrier relationships and more effectively control freight spend, including rate hikes.