How pharmaceutical and medical companies can improve their delivery and distribution

How pharmaceutical and medical companies can improve their delivery and distribution

As you may be aware, pharmaceutical and medical companies are becoming key in supporting the community during the COVID-19 crisis, both pre and post-lockdown

However, they are also facing many new challenges.

The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching many of these businesses, including its supplies of essential drugs, to the limits. Forcing many distributors to look at putting new systems in place to ensure patients and businesses never miss out on the medical supplies they need.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmaceutical and medical companies were no stranger to supply shortages. However, supply chains in several countries are now being stretched to breaking point.

Experts have reported that while manufacturing of the products is complicated by COVID-19, a further concern is disruption in product delivery:

 “This is not just pharmaceuticals, it is everything. The huge restrictions on population movements in Europe make distribution and shipping a problem.”

At MaxOptra, we are already supporting pharmaceutical companies, from sterilisation equipment to medical supplies. And as a business, we are led by our CEO who has significant prior experience working within pharmaceutical and NHS industries.

The below are just some ways that we are supporting these businesses.

Run optimised, dynamic routes

By using MaxOptra, businesses can reap the benefits of daily dynamic planning. In a matter of seconds produce multi-drop routes that automatically factor in delivery times, customer preferences, route restrictions and driving time.

By using our system, our customers can deliver to up to 50% more locations with the same fleet. Be confident that your routes are both efficient, reliable and achievable.

Track performance in real time

If you are running a distribution fleet, it’s important to know what’s going on once your vehicles have left the depot. You can either link MaxOptra to your current in vehicle telematics, or use our Driver App, to monitor what’s going on in real-time.

This on the day visibility enables our clients to proactively deal with any delays or issues as soon as they occur. At the end of the day this valuable data aids driver debriefing, route refinement, and management KPI reporting.

Save hours behind the wheel

Reducing the amount of time spent behind the wheel is essential for businesses struggling to meet demand, no matter what their industry. With MaxOptra our customes are able to strategically plan their orders and review their fixed routes to ensure an optimised and far more efficient route. Our route optimisation software can help you to add new deliveries or collections into your fixed routes easily – reducing the need for additional routes or last-minute deliveries for exhausted drivers.

Keep customers informed

Due to recent challenges and uncertainties, end customers need to be kept up to date more so than ever. Customers now often need to know in advance when their collection, delivery or service call is taking place. MaxOptra calculates ETAs based on a variety of factors and also provides real-time visibility of what’s actually happening out on the road. Additionally, customer notifications can be sent out automatically via SMS and email.

To find out how you can achieve all of the above, get in touch with one of our experts. Alternatively, check out our case study from Dynamic medical