Supply Management Opinion Piece: 10 things NHS buyers can learn from retail

Ingenica’s COO and founder, Nicola Hall, discusses 10 things NHS buyers can learn from retail, the article is featured in Supply Management 

In the article Nicola states;

At the forefront of the NHS supply chain are the buyers that have worked with suppliers to contract and ensure delivery of vital medicines and products, part of the silent army that keeps the NHS running.

To date, purchasing for the NHS has been at a local trust level, akin to each branch of a supermarket separately purchasing their own ranges. This drives variation and doesn’t achieve pricing that is consummate with the purchasing power of one of the largest organisations in the world.

In more recent years we have seen the likes of procurement hubs and the expansion of NHS Supply Chain ranges to try and secure better national pricing, but it is fair to say that these haven’t been as successful in achieving these aims as planned. So far the jury is out on whether the new revised privately-run NHS Supply Chain organisation will make the difference required.

To read the full article please visit Supply Management website – 10 things NHS buyers can learn from retail



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