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Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals

We are Supply Chain and Logistics Consultants who have been in business for over 25 years and have a very successful track record and a high rate of repeat business.


The Healthcare and pharmaceutical sector faces numerous supply chain challenges, including product perishability, cargo risk, regulatory compliance and complex supply routes. The requirement to ensure a wide range of product types sourced from many global locations, gets to the point of healthcare need, securely and cost effectively, presents a major difficulty to the industry.

Bisham Consulting understands the specialised logistics requirements of the sector, including the complex regulatory backdrop, the quality demands of GDP, and the high service level needs. We have many years of experience supporting the industry in a wide range of projects for many clients.


Examples of services being provided:

  • Supply chain ‘rapid diagnostic’ reviews to identify compliance gaps, shortcomings in service execution, and cost saving opportunities.
  • Outsourcing reviews and tendering programs covering international freight, warehousing, domestic distribution and express services, with due regard to service providers ability to meet quality assurance and product handling requirements.
  • Distribution centre network design, location, lay out, automation, and operational improvement, meeting GDP standards, regulatory quality requirements and storage temperature regimes.
  • International freight optimisation, including compliance in temperature control handling, forwarder and carrier performance, reliability, quality of reporting, and levels of responsiveness to events and business needs.
  • Procurement and inbound logistics strategy, covering sourcing options, trading terms and potential synergies in inbound freight flows. Accounting for quality assurance requirements, and special handling such as hazmat and temperature control.
  • Forecasting and inventory management assessment, including replenishment processes, optimum stock holding points and locations, and inventory alignment and reduction programs, with due regard to special handling and storage needs.
  • Hospital Logistics, range of services include; warehouse and store design and layout, equipment tendering and services sourcing, and optimisation of inventory holding and product flows.

Our wide client base includes major pharmaceutical manufacturers, leading medical device suppliers, medical diagnostics companies, dental equipment suppliers, wholesalers, government health services, hospitals, associations and regulatory bodies.

Example Case Studies

Pan European Distribution Centre Centralisation

Migration from National to a Regional Distribution Centre for a leading Diagnostics manufacturer and supplier. Work involved managing the project from concept design and project planning, through to DC property location and assessment, layout design, handling, storage and WMS selection, implementation and start up.

European Distribution Centre, operational efficiency review

Operational assessment of an automated EDC for a leading global Medical Device supplier. Work included activity benchmarking, identification of potential efficiency improvements, and introduction of a mathematical model for manpower and workflow planning. Led to a 30% increase in storage capacity and an 18% reduction in manpower costs.

Central Warehouse Design and Delivery for a Medical Campus

Assessment of the operational requirements for a Central Warehouse, including storage and material handling options, potential for automation, preparing technical specifications and assistance in sourcing. Evaluation and design of multi temperature delivery flows for all products for onward delivery to many hospitals and clinics, including recommendations on transport scheduling and vehicle requirements.

Supply Chain Review for a leading Health Organisation

Identification of best practices and operating procedures for the handling of perishable cargo and vaccines for delivery to developing countries. The programme included identifying current trends and technological developments, training needs and people development plans. Lessons from the food sector were also reviewed in compiling a report on key areas to address and implementation priorities.