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Pharma supply chain problems during COVID19



Have gaps been created in your supply chain because of the COVID19 crisis?

Governments and health care agencies across Europe are working to slow down and eradicate the spread of COVID-19. This has not just impacting on people’s health, their employment but also our global economy. Manufacturers and suppliers are struggling to manage the pandemic’s growing impact on their supply chain, due to the closure of factories and plants or significantly reduced production since the outbreak.


More focus on the pharmaceutical logistics sector.

Security requirements are tightening considerably over the past few months. Due COVID-19 there has been increased volumes in pharmaceutical transportation . All personnel involved in the pharma logistics sector are obliged to follow extra training in order to stay up-to-date of the last developments in this crisis. All trailers used for pharmaceutical transportation, should be certified by TUV pharmaserv. By doing this, you can be assured that they will meet the most stringent requirements and standards.



In order to ensure that the materials and/or ingredients, either liquid or solids are transportation correctly and without issues, supply chain companies should be in the possession of TUV trailers and a GDP ''Good Distribution Practice'' certificate. This means their materials are extensively tested in conditions up to -32 degrees, a temperature report is provided, a CMR within one hour, qualified personnel involvement at every stage and utilizing top of the rang equipment.


‍A gap has formed grown in the supply chain

Countless companies, large and small, rely on a network of pharmaceutical suppliers to produce and distribute medication across the world. Bringing the necessary ingredients from around the world, liquid as well solid, and the steps taken to get it to the customer, are all part of a supply chain. The costs of these materials and ingredients can make be as high as 60%-80% of a business’s budget on an annual basis. So, what happens to a company if there is a gap in their supply chain process and how do they resolve this ?



Immediate steps recommended for businesses:

  • Have multiple sources for larger volume transportations.
  • Make sure you talk to suppliers to evaluate the risk to your supply chain: Do they know of any risk to their supply chain?
  • If you have long purchase orders, bring in more supplies than you would normally: "Increase to 30-60 days of inventory on parts.""
  • Keep your relationship with your suppliers strong: You want to keep in touch as communication is vital.'re getting first-pass when things go bad.

Right now, it would be beneficial to explore different supply chain strategies — for either the short-term fix at a higher cost or a lower cost, long-term solution.


Warehouse stockpiling

The most preventative strategy companies are currently using is similar to hoarding: Purchasing and stockpiling as opposed to leaving supplies in a distributor's warehouse. However, stockpiling is a short term solution so businesses have to evaluate their supply chain and communicate with their distributors. Regular communication with your suppliers is essential.


Restructuring and preparation

We also recommend that businesses use this time to try to improve their processes, so they can come back from the impact of the coronavirus even stronger. While the extent of this crisis is yet unknown, most companies will not be making any long-term decisions on purchasing materials. Any kind of consumer confidence drop or social distancing will have an impact on consumption, and also to the logistic market.


Security and monitoring

When it comes to transportation of any kind, security is a necessity. We at Boekestijn have our own control tower were our whole fleet is monitored 24/7. If a client requires live updates it is not a problem for us. Our TUV trailers are all equipped with the latest technology when it comes to security and cold transports, liquid as well solid. All drivers are in 24/7 communication with our control tower, whether they are located in Western/Eastern Europe or Russia.


Feel free to contact us to discuss the solutions we have for your supply chain requirements.

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