Highly accurate availability of medical devices, medical technology and medicinal products at the point of care is of increasing competitive importance. In this context, reliable management of inventory for consignment stock in hospitals or local forward stocking locations (FSLs) can be an alternative to express deliveries. In intelligent combination with European central warehouses, this can lead to an overall reduction in inventory even at the highest level of availability. Arvato has developed a tool, the Magic Cube of Inventory Management that provides analytic support for optimal field inventory.
Field inventory management is generally outsourced, increasingly as part of an integrated process chain and across multiple countries. In this issue of our healthcare news, you can read an economic analysis of the reasons for the trend toward integrated outsourcing of entire process chains, and of who stands to benefit from it in which situations in comparison with best-of-breed outsourcing.
I’m also pleased to present our new site in Birmingham, which we opened early this year. Since May, Arvato Supply Chain Solutions has also been offering healthcare customers a solution for the distribution of medications in Portugal – thanks to a collaborative effort with Rangel Logistics Solutions. You will find more about this and other topics over the following pages.
Dr. Thorsten Winkelmann
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