DHL secures 7m contract with Guys and St Thomas hospitals

DHL Exel Supply Chain has been awarded a five year hospital logistics contract with Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust (GSTFT) - comprising two of Londons most well known teaching hospitals.

DHL will provide off-site cross docking of products from multiple suppliers, and - for medical surgical consumables - replenish the hospitals new Smart Store automated stock management systems. The solution will also control supplies held in operating theatres and wards, resulting in a leaner supply chain.

Glen McCracken, Business Manager, Hospital Managed Inventory Solutions, DHL Exel Supply Chain, said: DHL is keen to deliver added value through dedicated operational support and unrivalled expertise in inventory management and lean hospital supply chains. Integral to the solution will be the use of DHLs dedicated off-site facility at Park Royal which has ten years experience in supporting hospitals.

The contract was awarded, following a competitive tender, on the basis of DHLs experience and expertise in hospital logistics and its tailored, cost-effective solution for the Trust.

David Lawson, Director of Procurement, GSTFT, said: The impressive track record of DHLs hospital logistics hub at Park Royal was a key deciding factor during the selection process. The contract forms a key part of a wider strategy to fundamentally redesign the hospitals supply chain. The service will improve the reliability of the supply chain by helping the hospitals to proactively performance manage its suppliers.

The contract will also drive the development of a fully integrated and multi-skilled internal logistics team - a central function in the success of the project.

Our solution provides a dedicated team of people that will oversee replenishment, quality assurance and support functions. DHL understands the importance of people, both customer and staff, in influencing the success of the project which is why a strong emphasis on communication has been factored into the solution, added Glen McCracken.

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