Distribution

Aggregating Purchasing and Expertise to Achieve Value – Blackmaple Group

ISSUE Blackmaple Group (BMG) discovered that each member of its client U.S. Women’s Health Alliance (USWHA), an association of 400 OBGYNs, was paying widely variable prices for goods, and each had individual relationships with distributors and group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Streamlining would create efficiency, knowledge and value. SOLUTION BMG drove a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Purchase Price is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

By Shannon Wheeler, Director, Supply Chain Solutions Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) refers to the total of all costs associated with every activity in the supply chain. More than just the purchase costs, TCO uncovers the more unseen costs involved in purchasing. In fact, the purchase cost often accounts for only a small portion of […]

Member Best Practice Spotlight – Parkview Health – Distribution Center Insourced Outbound Distribution Issue

The Parkview Health Distribution Center decided to move away from its primary inbound vendor, which would also negatively impact access to its outbound transportation vendor. Proposals offered by other vendors to replace the outbound transportation service would result in a cost increase detrimental to the savings to be experienced by the new inbound distribution provider. […]