Implementing collaborative practices in the healthcare supply chain: insights into hospital-vendor operations

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The paper discusses the characteristics of healthcare supply chains, and puts particular emphasis on the implementation of VMI/CMI in this sector specific context. By the means of case study research the paper provides empirical data on the benefits of the above collaborative practices for both the hospital and vendors. The paper contributes to the stream of research on VMI/CMI in the healthcare sector, where limited research attempts have been conducted so far. In contrast to other surveys this case study shows that specific and measurable cost reductions exist, in addition to other improvements such as better control over the inventories, and also in reduction of administrative work. Results obtained may be also relevant to other hospitals and vendors and as they can form a basis for comparisons.



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-303
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2013

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International journal of logistics systems and management 15/2013 © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


  • healthcare supply chains, cost reduction, inventory control, collaboration, collaborative practices, Greece, VMI, CMI, vendor managed inventory, co-managed inventory, hospitals, SCM, supply chain management

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