NHS Supply Chain Helps Reduce Supplier’s Packaging By 63 Percent

30-05-13(4)picNHS Supply Chain, the organisation that supplies healthcare products and supply chain services for the NHS, has helped one if its suppliers to reduce packaging and transport costs by 63 percent.

A supplier of clinical waste containers has managed to save 46 tonnes of paper as well as a quarter of a tonne’s worth of plastic. Because of the success of a number of pilot programmes undertaken by NHS Supply Chain, they have now extended their scheme and will focus on a number of key areas including reducing costs and material waste on packaging.

Jonathan Kaye – “It’s about taking a holistic view of the supply chain and identifying where we can work together with suppliers to drive efficiencies that deliver benefits all around”

It is hoped that by implementing efficient changes within the procurement process the NHS could save as much as £1bn by 2016.

It is also believed that the programme will help to maximise the potential benefits of streamlining the supply chain.

Jonathan Kaye, head of strategic sourcing at NHS Supply Chain, said: “Suppliers gain from the supply chain expertise within our business to support the efficiencies that will help them reduce costs. It’s about taking a holistic view of the supply chain and identifying where we can work together with suppliers to drive efficiencies that deliver benefits all around.”

NHS Supply Chain believe its strategic sourcing programme has the potential to deliver significant benefits in terms of sustainability, and that by introducing supply chain changes it will be able to deliver efficiencies for customers and for the environment.

 

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