Healthcare and pharmaceutical consultancy: An Overview
The Healthcare industry and pharmaceutical sector now face numerous supply chain challenges. It’s a long list that includes:
- The short life span of the products.
- A wide range of products sourced from many different global locations.
- The associated cargo risk.
- Regulatory compliance across many different borders.
- Complex supply routes.
- The pharma companies need for Big Data. In fact, this is now a factor for all companies in this sector.
- Secure and cost-effective solutions that will give you a competitive advantage.
- The enormous quality demands placed on the industry.
- The industry need for long-term product development.
Using external consultants who specialise in these specific areas will result in significant improvements.
Bisham Consulting has many years of experience across a wide range of projects.
You can review our team of experts here.
Pharma consultancy and Expertise.
Our client base includes major pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers. Leading medical device suppliers and medical diagnostics companies also benefit from these services.
We also help dental equipment suppliers, wholesalers, government health services, hospitals, associations and many regulatory bodies.
- Supply chain ‘rapid diagnostic’ reviews. We use these to identify compliance gaps, shortcomings in delivering great service and cost-saving opportunities.
- Outsourcing reviews and tendering programs. Here we review international freight, warehousing, domestic distribution and express services. We also pay particular attention to your service providers.
So do they have the ability to meet quality assurance and product handling requirements? These are fundamental to your future success and profits.
- Distribution centre network design. The key factors here are the location, the layout, and the quality of the automation. We also focus on improvements in operations, meeting GDP standards and the regulatory quality requirements.
- International freight. This is an area that offers huge scope for improvement. Our analysis includes compliance in temperature control handling and carrier performance. We look at overall reliability and the quality of reporting.
The levels of responsiveness to events and business needs are also taken into account.
- Procurement and inbound logistics strategy. Again the scope is vast. So is the potential to make savings and improvement. Our team looks at sourcing options, trading terms and inbound freight flows.
In this industry, quality assurance requirements are always a high priority. This is particularly so with special handling requirements like hazmat and temperature control.
- Forecasting and inventory management assessment. This includes the replenishment processes, optimum stock-holding points and locations. Other areas where we can add value include inventory alignment and reduction programs. Again we pay particular regard to special handling and storage needs.
- Hospital Logistics. Here we provide a wide range of expert services. This includes the warehouse and store design and layout, equipment tendering and services sourcing. We also look at improving inventory holding and product flows.
Healthcare and pharmaceutical consultancy: Some Case Studies.
- Pan European Distribution Centre: Move from National to Regional.
This involved the migration from National to a Regional Distribution Centre for a leading diagnostics manufacturer and supplier. The consultancy involved managing the project from concept to design. This included project planning as well as property location and assessment. We provided expertise in layout design, handling, storage, implementation and startup.
2. European Distribution Centre: Efficiency review.
Operational assessment of an automated centre for a leading global medical device supplier.
The work included activity benchmarking and the introduction of a new model. The target was clearly defined. The client wanted better manpower and workflow planning. Our help and advice led to a 30% increase in storage capacity and a massive 18% reduction in manpower costs.
3. Medical Campus: Central Warehouse Design and Delivery.
Assessment of the requirements for a Central Warehouse. The work included all the storage and material handling options. We looked at four key areas:
- Potential for automation.
- Preparing technical specifications and assistance in sourcing.
- Evaluation and design for a delivery flow with different temperature requirements. This was for all the products for onward delivery to hospitals and clinics.)
- Recommendations for transport scheduling and vehicle requirements.
4. Leading Health Organisation: Supply Chain Review.
Identification of best practices and operating procedures for the handling of perishable cargo and vaccines.
The organisation was focussed on delivery to developing countries. So the programme included identifying current trends and technological developments.
We were also asked to help with training needs and people development plans. Lessons from the food sector were also reviewed in compiling a report on key areas to address. Our focus was on priorities to achieve the fastest possible results.