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How to Solve the Top 5 Pain Points of Off-Site Equipment Purchase

By CME Corp Staff | September 8, 2016

Purchasing medical equipment for your newly constructed, expanded or remodeled off-site medical facility is not an easy task.  Off-site is different from reordering standard medical supplies, and requires additional research, order processing, tracking of shipments, receipt of products, end-use site delivery, and staging.

Being a complex task, it has several pain points that may include ordering errors, delivery challenges, damaged equipment, receiving, and opening delays.  At CME, we help customers to avoid these pain points when making purchases.

Pain Points & Solutions:

1. Order Errors: Ordering multiple products from multiple vendors on multiple POs leads to multiple opportunities for error.

Partnering with one vendor can streamline your order process and eliminate the room for error.  Working with equipment experts, who are the one-stop shop, can help assure that the right products are ordered, shipped and delivered on time to your facility.

2. Delivery Challenges: Coordinating multiple shipments and items being delayed or lost.

Allowing your distributor, an expert in shipping and logistics, to do the coordination for you can save you time and alleviate worry.  They can track shipments from invoice to delivery ensuring it is not lost or delayed.  Products that arrive earlier than anticipated can be warehoused for you until your facility is prepared to receive the shipment.  Choose a distributor that can assemble, stage, set up the equipment and clean up any remaining packing materials.

3. Damaged Equipment: Damaged shipments can be a paperwork and management nightmare.

Choose a vendor that can receive your orders, unpack, and carefully inspect them upon arrival before being delivered to your facility.  This will ensure your facility receives equipment that is undamaged and in proper working order.

4. Receiving Deliveries: You may not have warehouse space to accept shipments.

Select a vendor that can warehouse your products ordered through multiple vendors so when your site is ready to receive your equipment, it arrives when you are ready.  Look for them to have direct-to-site delivery teams to assemble, stage and deliver the items to their final location.

5. Opening Delays: Delays in opening your facility can cause a significant loss in revenue and public confidence.

Look for a vendor that has expertise in providing services for the first four pain points so you can be up and running on the planned opening date.

At CME, we have over 40 years of experience in medical equipment distribution.  Our experts in logistics and planning will make your next medical equipment delivery easier than ever!  Be sure to contact us and ask about our white glove direct-to-site delivery service.
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About CME: CME Corp is the nation’s premier source for healthcare equipment, turnkey logistics, and biomedical services, representing 2 million+ products from more than 2,000 manufacturers.

With two corporate offices and 35+ service centers, our mission is to help healthcare facilities nationwide reduce the cost of the equipment they purchase, make their equipment specification, delivery, installation, and maintenance processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate and expand on schedule.

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