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Transparency in Supply Chain Management: The Key to On-Time Delivery

By CME Corp Staff | December 21, 2020

As healthcare supply chains struggle to meet product demands during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been one noteworthy expectation voiced to CME Corp repeatedly: Healthcare supply chains need more visibility and more accurate communication when it comes to equipment logistics.

Timely and intentional delivery of crucial medical equipment has always been a primary pillar of our industry’s stated mission, but today and into the future, supply chain members must have global visibility into the entire supply chain, from the manufacturer to the end-user, including any issues that arise along the way.

In a recent article in Healthcare Purchasing News, CME Chief Strategy Officer, Cindy Juhas, wrote about the demand and importance of accurate and timely information and communication throughout the supply chain. Ms. Juhas has championed a solution that includes a robust, proprietary software program that can not only integrate information from many sources, but can also help manage the logistics of equipment tracking to ensure on-time delivery.

Track Products in Real-Time

CME360 Project Management Hub tracks every piece of equipment for a new construction project, renovation, repurposed space, or everyday equipment needs, from order inception through manufacturing, and delivery to its final destination.

On demand reporting highlights the location of equipment, along with ship date and freight tracking information.Header PM Tracker

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It also identifies and flags any problems along the way such as short-shipments, backorders, and freight related damage, so remedies can be finalized and enacted prior to the need-by date. The software tracks all items bought from CME as well as any manufacturer-direct purchased items.

Direct-to-Site Delivery Coordination

Once all the equipment for a specific delivery is received at a CME service center, the CME360 PM Hub notifies the entire CME project management team that the order is complete and ready to be fulfilled. The software completes the loop by identifying items that require staging, assembly, or other special handling prior to delivery.

Consolidated Receiving documentation streamlines the paper-trail, and non-stick, customized labels highlight each piece’s room number, product numbers, and general descriptions so all products get delivered to the correct location efficiently and accurately.

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Door reports or room punch lists, which inventory all products within a specific room, are also available when requested.

From the initial quote to the moment it is delivered and installed in the room, CME360 is your one source for all equipment information on a delivery or project. With one point of contact and streamlined, transparent processes, items are tracked more accurately, and deliveries are completed efficiently and, most importantly, on-time.

To learn more about the CME360 Project Management Hub software or CME’s Direct-to-Site (DTS) delivery services, contact your CME account manager or visit our website.

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, maintenance, and disposition processes more efficient, and help them seamlessly launch, renovate, and expand on schedule.

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