May 17, 2020

Partnership for Supply Chain Management to strengthen health supply chains

healthcare
Supply Chain
PFSCM
Supply Chain
James Henderson
2 min
Partnership for Supply Chain Management to strengthen health supply chains
The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) has implemented One Network’s Control Tower solution to strengthen health supply chains in develop...

The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) has implemented One Network’s Control Tower solution to strengthen health supply chains in developing nations.

PFSCM says it is migrating critical requisition, order, and transportation management functions into its existing One Network Real Time Value Network (RTVN) decision-making supply chain suite.

“Our goal is to strengthen, develop, and manage secure, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable global supply chains to improve the lives of people in underdeveloped countries,” said Richard Owens, PFSCM Director.

“By extending One Network’s Control Tower capabilities on our RTVN, we can provide real-time visibility, digital collaboration, and advanced analytics to move to true data-driven decision-making.

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"Our collaboration with One Network is central to PFSCM’s digital transformation and provides us the foundation we need to drive the next wave of innovation within global supply chains for public health.”

PFSCM says it will now able to:

  • Manage freight costs through digital oversight of complex rates/contracts across multiple freight forwarders, and automate freight quotes via PFSCM’s proprietary freight calculator and load optimisation tool
  • Automate operational processes and reduce manual workload to minimise potential for error and increase efficiency
  • Streamline communications with vendors, freight forwarders, and clients through One Network’s digital engagement tools
  • Optimise performance and generate savings through native alerts and proactive management tools
  • Expand data visibility for partners and clients though scalable, real-time integration.

PFSCM provides global procurement and distribution services, ensuring the reliable availability of essential products — including lifesaving medicines — to programs in low- and middle-income countries.

“Implementing PFSCM’s Control Tower to optimise supply chain networks and ensure the availability of essential products to programs in developing countries is one of our most important projects,” said Greg Brady, CEO of One Network.

“Working together, we can help link global and in-country supply chains from the factory to the point of care; digitally capture data at the point of delivery; synchronise item master management with global standards; and leverage Blockchain solutions to enable automated and secure execution of critical supply chain functions, with full audit traceability.”

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Jul 13, 2021

5 minutes with: Ivalua’s Sundar Kamak

Ivalua
supplychain
Manufacturing
Procurement
2 min
Ivalua
Procurement and manufacturing veteran Sundar Kamak, Head of Manufacturing Solutions, Ivalua weighs in on challenges and opportunities in the industry

Who are you? 

My name is Sundar Kamak, I’m Head of Manufacturing Solutions at Ivalua. I’ve been with the company for around two years now, and I’m responsible for our industry solutions and our pre-sales team. Before joining Ivalua I spent almost 20 years in the source-to-pay procurement space, working for a number of providers. But I got my career started in manufacturing and supply chain, specifically in automotive and aerospace.

And what is currently taking up the majority of your professional time?
 

The last year I've been focused in helping organisations put together a digital transformation strategy, especially manufacturing companies, so they can continue to address some of the challenges they face due to the COVID pandemic. 

The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works


What are the biggest challenges facing your corner of supply chain? 
 

We have a lot of clients coming from different backgrounds - aerospace, high-tech, automotive - and they’re feeling the pressure and the crunch. There’s a lack of product, lack of material availability, lack of resources, labour shortages. So, I work with the leadership in these organisations, try to understand what problems they're looking to solve and come back with Ivalua solutions that can help them address some of these challenges.

Where do the biggest opportunities lie? 
 

If we look at manufacturing, it all comes back to procurement and supply chain being involved sooner in the process. The traditional approach of engineers designing their latest product then procurement going off to source no longer works. It’s important to treat suppliers like partners, which means you build trust, so they can participate very early on in the product design and product development process. It’s not done consistently in the manufacturing sector, but it will be key. 
 

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