Advancing Health

Authored by Simon Coates
Symbion Pharmacy Services initiated a software evaluation and selection process to enhance their forecasting and planning capabilities. GAINS was selected and implemented.

Simon Coates, General Manager, Supply and Logistics at Symbion Pharmacy Services (SPS) authored an article 'Advancing Health' about the project. 

In the article he states:

"The aim was to equip the business with the ability to optimally balance capital, costs, capacity and customer service levels."

"What did it achieve? Inventories reduced by 26% whilsts first-fill service levels (excluding manufacturer stock-outs) increased from 96% to more than 97%. Noting that inventories are a significant item on the balance sheet, the inventory reduction boosted return on assets (ROA) whilst freeing up capital, and the increase in stock turns improved supply chain efficiency. Forecast accuracy has also improved markedly."

"SPS is now managing by exception and operating with less inventory, improved service levels and lower costs. That's the bottom line, and it’s a good result, particularly because it is sustainable."

Read the entire article as published in MHD magazine in the download below.

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Testimonials

"We saved $14 million in six months... here are the graphs. We're used to being promised these kinds of numbers; we're just not used to having them delivered."

– Wing Commander, Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF)

Typical results

  • 20-40% inventory investment reduction
  • increased service levels ranging up to 99.9%
  • 10%-15% reduction in supply chain operating costs
  • 5%-20% spend management savings
  • the ability to fund business initiatives from operating cash flow (OCF) improvements
  • improved return on capital employed (ROCE)
  • a minimum 3:1 ROI (10:1 to 30:1 typical)