Implementing collaborative practices in the healthcare supply chain:insights into hospital-vendor operations

Matopoulos, Aristides and Michailidou, Liana (2013). Implementing collaborative practices in the healthcare supply chain:insights into hospital-vendor operations. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 15 (2-3), pp. 288-303.

Abstract

The paper discusses the characteristics of healthcare supply chains, and puts particular emphasis on the implementation of VMI/CMI in this sector specific context. By the means of case study research the paper provides empirical data on the benefits of the above collaborative practices for both the hospital and vendors. The paper contributes to the stream of research on VMI/CMI in the healthcare sector, where limited research attempts have been conducted so far. In contrast to other surveys this case study shows that specific and measurable cost reductions exist, in addition to other improvements such as better control over the inventories, and also in reduction of administrative work. Results obtained may be also relevant to other hospitals and vendors and as they can form a basis for comparisons.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJLSM.2013.053773
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Systems & Management
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: International journal of logistics systems and management 15/2013 http://www.inderscience.com/dev/search/index.php?action=record&rec_id=53773 © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: healthcare supply chains,cost reduction,inventory control,collaboration,collaborative practices,Greece,VMI,CMI,vendor managed inventory,co-managed inventory,hospitals,SCM,supply chain management
Full Text Link: http://www.inde ... er.php?id=53773
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Date: 2013
Authors: Matopoulos, Aristides ( 0000-0002-5083-0534)
Michailidou, Liana

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