Posted by Nancy Pakieser | April 19, 2012
We recently hosted a web event titled Demystifying Demand Planning: WHY and received an interesting question from one of the participants. The question had a much broader reach than Demand Planning and I thought it would be terrific to share it with all of you.
The question was, “What are the most important things to do when changing from individual hospital storerooms to a central warehouse servicing multiple locations spread out over 200 miles? We’re considering doing this. Luckily, all are on the same software system and applications right now.”
As you no doubt know, there is not a simple answer; this is a significant business undertaking! As I look at it, there are several things you need to be considering, all related, some simultaneous, some sequential. Let’s look at it as components.
Two final thoughts. First, you will want to evaluate who you are partnering with through the transition. Look for partners that have expertise and can provide direction.
Finally, engage with other IDNs that have moved in this direction. In my experience they are generally open to sharing what has worked, what has been difficult, and what mitigation strategies they have put in place.
Tags: Healthcare Self-distribution, Healthcare Supply Chain Management, self-distribution
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