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(2010; 9 pages)
In this issue of Supply Lines you will find examples of best practices from multiple countries that lower supply chains costs, including:
- Forecasting and supply planning that helps avoid costly emergency orders, leads to better product selection and saves money at every stage of procurement.
- Standardization of commodities to simplify procurement and lower costs.
- National, regional and global pooled procurement that leverages the purchasing power of multiple buyers for the benefit of all, no matter the size of their purchasing budget.
- Freight management strategies that switch from costly air freight to ship by sea and land to achieve significant savings.
- Efficient coordination and regular distribution of commodities within a country that saves considerable costs and builds confidence in the supply chain.
A few short years ago, minds were concentrated on the very successful efforts to lower the cost of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines. But there is so much more that can be done beyond lowering the cost of ARVs. We hope this issue of Supply Lines will provide you at least of few ideas that you can apply to your own programs...