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As an experienced logistics solutions provider, Rhenus knows the challenges that healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are facing today when it comes to storing and distributing their products. We work with you to create solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. These challenges range from increasing government regulations, growing customer, storage and distribution requirements and the need for greater flexibility and customisation of services all the way to the most important factors: the demand for cost reduction and process optimisation.
Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies and their partners need to adapt quickly to changes in order to maintain their market position. Together, we can meet these challenges and realise ideal warehousing and distribution services for your industry.
As a logistics specialist for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, our experience in managing all stages of the supply chain and the best ways to overcome any challenges has been acquired over many years of service. We understand that companies in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry are subject to exacting quality standards, high pressure from the competition and huge responsibilities.
As the demands on supply chain solutions are constantly increasing and becoming ever more complex day by day, the provision of flexible and sophisticated services along all supply chain steps is crucial. A seamless solution chain, however, is not the only thing that is important for meeting customer needs; customisation and adaptation of solutions and services for different healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, their product types and logistics requirements is crucial.
Rhenus therefore offers a wide range of customised and intelligent logistics services to support you along all supply chain steps. Reliability, safety and special handling care are of utmost importance in the storage and distribution of all medical and healthcare products, but especially for temperature-sensitive and time-sensitive products. Our logistics solutions help you to increase the efficiency of your value chain, reduce your storage and transport costs and shorten your time to market.
The supply concept in the field of operational procurement logistics for hospitals outlines a comprehensive range of services offered by Rhenus.
We compare physically received inbounds from suppliers with issued purchase orders in terms of delivery date, correct product, quantity, expiry date and product integrity. In conjunction with this, complaints processing for damaged and faulty deliveries involving consequences such as returns and complaints management is carried out promptly and with particular care.
Together with you, Rhenus defines certain key figures for safety stock, average stock range and procurement replenishment frequency in relation to order lead times and type of product groups. We track thousands of stock keeping units (SKUs) not only in terms of stock levels but also in terms of their remaining shelf life.
We can check incoming invoices from suppliers, collectively invoice delivered goods on a monthly basis and continuously review stock levels and consumption as well as planning, while taking replenishment time, safety stock and stock coverage into account.
Our range of services encompasses customer master data maintenance, the continuous review and maintenance of disposition parameters as well as all aspects of supplier management.
As there are numerous aspects to consider, such as the main function of your outer packaging material, our Rhenus Purchasing Packaging Material will help you find the ideal material. It is crucial that your products are protected from external influences such as light, liquids or heat. We offer our customers cost-effective solutions that also provide maximum protection for their products.
To avoid unnecessary production downtime, flexibility for unplanned changes and full production efficiency are essential for well-thought-out production logistics. It is very important for us to provide you with a suitable storage location close to your production site to ensure a fast and secure production supply.
Optimal advice and a well-functioning process are at the heart of our field support services. Using Rhenus services, our customers reduce their storage and distribution costs and also benefit from our many years of experience in handling marketing and advertising materials.
Export hubs – Rhenus export hubs for healthcare and pharmaceutical customers are typically characterised by high pallet or parcel volumes. Be it by airfreight, ocean freight, road freight or parcel express service, outbound shipments usually involve a high level of complexity.
With the support of the Rhenus WMS and experienced local staff, Rhenus is able to fulfil the requirements of various country regulations and recipient preferences. This includes filling sea containers and preparing and securing airfreight as well as complying with hazardous goods regulations, customs procedures and quality requirements.
An integral part of the distribution of pharmaceutical products and medical devices is compliance with predefined temperature specifications to maintain the cold chain, continuously monitored by data loggers.
In recent years, the field of reverse logistics has steadily gained importance in the supply chain processes of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Rhenus has developed suitable solutions designed to meet the challenges associated with the complexity of reverse logistics and returns management.
Upon receipt of customer returns, Rhenus employees use predefined customer specifications and agreed returns guidelines to assess whether returns can be reused immediately, whether they can be reused after processing, whether they have to be quarantined until further notice and whether goods have to be destroyed or processed for reuse.
Rhenus provides a variety of services in the field of returns processing:
Part of the returns management process involves providing information on the reason for return, which the customer can read in our customer dashboard. Return reasons can be defined based on customer requirements. This gives the customer the possibility to analyse return reasons in order to identify improvement potentials within a complex supply chain.
Rhenus offers a seamless disposal concept that includes the collection of selected goods to be destroyed. This process is typically accompanied by quality management as well as a disposal specialist to ensure that all processes are carried out in accordance with official regulations and customers’ specific requirements. A certificate of destruction is issued in a timely manner to successfully complete the disposal process.