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Pharmaceutical in the News Pharma Industry Trends and Solutions Jump Technologies expands inventory tracking, reporting for hospital supply chains Pharma races toward its future Pharmaceutical company maximizes payload capacity with reusable shippers Accenture to acquire ESP to help life sciences clients digitize manufacturing operations More Pharmaceutical News Download this white paper to understand how moving from disparate financial and inventory solutions to NetSuite’s unified cloud solution can save your company time and money and eliminate risk. All Resources When it comes to the pharmaceutical supply chain, you’d be forgiven if your thoughts immediately went to track and trace. After all, with three years before the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) regulations officially kick in, industry professionals talk of little else—and compliance with these regulations drives many of the requirements for materials handling automation and its associated technologies. As complicated as track, trace and serialization is, the materials handling side of the industry is evolving quickly, too. DSCSA is indeed a boon to smart technology like RFID, 2D bar codes, vision systems and robust software including warehouse management and execution systems, or the latest control tower software. Just as important, however, are new and advanced systems that keep the many elements of the pharmaceutical industry moving efficiently. In fact, you could argue that materials handling in the pharma industry is even more challenging, when you consider the myriad products a distribution center must manage for a variety of customers. “The industry has huge complexity built into it,” says Bill Leber , director of business development for Swisslog Healthcare/Pharma . “You’ve got a wide variety of product lines, diversity in velocity and a huge SKU proliferation.” Consider that the mix might include prescription and OTC pharmaceuticals, health and beauty products, big, slow-turn items like crutches, wheelchairs and other medical supplies, […]
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