UPS survey: Healthcare supply chain shippers continue to adapt to industry challenges

Sixth annual UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” healthcare survey outlines concerns among decision makers and how they plan to address them, such as the 70% who plan to implement new distribution channels over the next five years.
By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
September 17, 2013 - MMH Editorial

The sixth annual UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” healthcare survey, conducted for UPS by TNS, a provider of global market research services, was based on data and feedback from more than 440 senior-level healthcare supply chain decision makers in North America, Asia-Pacific, and Western Europe. Regardless of their location, all cited healthcare legislation and procedures as top concerns.

In order to grow business in the face of these challenges, respondents report that over the next five years, 84% plan to invest in new technologies, 78% plan to enter new markets, 70% plan to implement new distribution channels to providers, retailers, and end-patients, and 59% plan to count more on 3PL partners.

To read about more highlights from the report in Logistics Management, click here.



About the Author

image
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff joined the Supply Chain Group in 2005 and leads online and print news operations for these publications. In 2009, Jeff led Logistics Management to the Silver Medal of Folio’s Eddie Awards in the Best B2B Transportation/Travel Website category. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. If you want to contact Jeff with a news tip or idea,
please send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Now that the deal, which had to clear several regulatory hurdles in multiple countries, is official, FedEx executives were able to speak a little bit more freely, albeit being somewhat guarded in regards to certain integration specifics at the same time.

As the July 1st date for complete compliance looms, shippers are seeking help to cope with the mandatory changes instituted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS).

As of July 1, only containers with a verified gross mass will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship under the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment. Shippers hoping that the implementation of the ruling will be delayed or deferred are whistling in the dark, say industry analysts.

Amid the many worrisome economic indicators kicking around of late, something along the lines of good news came about this week in the form of United States new home sales data, issued by the United States Department of Commerce this week.

In March, the SCI came in at 0.4, which FTR described as “a near neutral reading” on the heels of four months of more favorable market trends for shippers.

Article Topics

News · Global · Supply Chain · Logistics · Economy · Retail · Distribution · All topics

About the Author

Josh Bond, Contributing Editor
Josh Bond is a contributing editor to Modern. In addition to working on Modern's annual Casebook and being a member of the Show Daily team, Josh covers lift trucks for the magazine.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.