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The changing role of wholesalers and logistics service providers in pharmaceutical supply chains: will it lead to greater sustainability?

Savage, Christopher J., Lambourdiere, E. and Corbin, E. (2010) The changing role of wholesalers and logistics service providers in pharmaceutical supply chains: will it lead to greater sustainability? In: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, Northamptonshire, UK, pp. 388-395. ISBN 9781904564348

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    Abstract

    Purpose
    Pharmaceutical distributors and wholesalers have played a key part in the pharmaceutical products
    supply chains in the United Kingdom and the USA for many years (HDMA, 2009). Their role is
    changing as control of the “space” between manufacturers and retailers has become contested
    (Corbin, 2006; PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2007; Savage and al., 2006), the economical crisis has
    taken hold and governments on both sides of the Atlantic have brought forward new legislation
    (Vecchione, 2009). This paper aims to show what the collaborative logistics practices of wholesalers
    are and how the strategies developed by the logistics service providers may make the pharmaceutical
    supply chain more sustainable.
    Research Approach
    This study analyses documents, websites and interviews of managers from British and American
    wholesalers and logistics service providers. We employed the Graneheim and Lundman (2004)
    methods to perform our content analysis. The software Nvivo 8 was used to analyse the collaborative
    logistics strategies of wholesalers and logistics service providers of the pharmaceutical supply chain,
    which are destined to improve its sustainability.
    Findings and Originality
    Logistics strategies developed by wholesalers and those applied by logistics service providers in
    response to or in collaboration with manufacturers have been identified (Corbin, 2009). The features
    of these operators that are now competing to establish collaborative relationships with manufacturers
    and retailers have been evaluated to try to determine whether the concepts can help a more
    sustainable supply chain to evolve.
    Research Impact
    Many types of collaborative logistics strategies have been studied in other sectors of activity; however
    due to the traditional culture of privacy in the pharmaceutical supply chain, some may not have been
    explored yet.
    Practical Impact
    For many years, drug distribution management in Great Britain and in the USA has been
    characterised by business and adversarial relationships. The introduction of sustainable business
    processes in the pharmaceutical supply chain is very recent. This paper presents a first attempt to
    highlight, from a comparative perspective, the business processes in the domain of the strategic
    logistics management of drug supply

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 13:54
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2010 15:11
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8765

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