Supply chain tip of the week: Work with your distributor to alleviate uncertainty in operational supply needs

While demand in 2020 has significantly exceeded available product, stakeholders across the supply chain have worked together to deliver necessary medical supplies.

Nonetheless, during challenging times such as these, and amid continuing need that is outpacing supply, communication is critical to achieving the best result possible. 

Transparent and regular communication between health systems and their distributors can help alleviate stress on providers and their supply chains. If a system is experiencing a significant increase in operational demand, it is important to know the specific products, quantities and duration of time needed for increased supply, so the distribution partner can help assess supply, improve visibility into product availability, and determine the best path forward.

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