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Industry-Specific Supply Chain Software - The Sugar that Helps the Medicine Go Down

Matters such as meeting institutional requirements,item restrictions, traceability, speed and accuracy, storage, despatch, customer service, are very specific needs for the pharmaceutical industry, and the number one deliverables for any pharmaceutical company looking for software. For pharmaceutical distribution there is the added challenge of incredibly large transactions volumes coupled with demanding time constraints.
Pharmaceutical distribution is among the most advanced areas within distribution and supply chain management. It is only recently that integrated software covering the full spectrum of the pharmaceutical industry's sophisticated requirements has reached the market.

Speed and Security are of the Essence

The processing time for the distribution of pharmaceuticals is very short, a dominant feature being fast order cycles. Leading Swiss pharmaceuticals distributor Galexis, for example, accomplishes delivery to a multitude of recipients, with no more than three hours passing between the order being sent electronically by the customer, to delivery at their doorstep.


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By Andre Grigjanis, Managing Director, Global Competence Centre for IBS Pharma, and John O'Connor, Vice President Global Sales, the IBS Group

Andre Grigjanis is the driving force behind the IBS Group's vertical industry software product, IBS Pharma. During his 10 years as Managing Director of the German subsidiary of IBS (International Business Systems), he has built upon the company's focus on pharmaceutical distribution.

John O'Connor is Vice President Global Sales of the IBS Group, and Area Manager for IBS' operations in Germany and Switzerland. Before joining IBS Group management, he was Managing Director of IBS UK.

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