Margin retention

Most pharma companies today report three key trends for pharma logistics:

  • increased need for cost control & retention of margins
  • increasing need to exercise control, i.e. to combat counterfeiting
  • increased need for agility and flexibility

Agility & flexibility

Despite of this, local responsibilities and decentralized data centers remain the “old normal” and are rarely adapted to respond to these trends. A control tower concept, maybe even in combination with support of logistics service providers, backed by a comprehensive IT system, will enable pharma companies to deal with all of the above. And it doesn’t end there: control towers offer many capabilities that, in mid-& long-term scenarios, will be the key to gaining or retaining the competitive edge, specifically in the area of collaboration and business partner integration.

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Today
Future
  • Report
    • Act as data repository
    • Enable KPI calculation and central reporting
  • Compliant
    • Ensure trade compliance and optimize material & financial flows simultaneously
    • Ensure regulatory compliance (SC visibility) for e.g. serialization / track & trace information
  • Efficient
    • Optimize day-to-day transport operations (planning, execution & freight costs)
    • Facilitate tendering processes with data
  • Control
    • Central collaboration platform
    • Partner & system validation
    • Include warehousing & distribution activities
  • Synchronize
    • Exception management procedures
    • Integrate value-added services
    • Batch recall support
    • Inventory control & forecasting support
In the current state, control towers are often logistics-focused, but we expect them to merge with supply chain planning tasks and grow into end-to-end supply chain control towers.
Andreas Gmür, Partner Logistics