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Delivery of COVID-19 vaccine: DHL study shows how public and private sector can partner for success

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With first emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines expected to be effective in the last quarter of 2020, logistics providers are challenged to rapidly establish medical supply chains to deliver more than ten billion doses worldwide. DHL, working with McKinsey & Company as analytics partner, has published a white paper on securing a stable supply chain for vaccines and medical goods during COVID-19, and future health crises.

Currently, more than 250 vaccines across seven platforms are being developed and trialed. As COVID-19 vaccines have leapfrogged development phases, stringent temperature requirements (up to -80°C) are likely to be imposed for certain vaccines to ensure that their efficacy is maintained during transportation and warehousing. This poses novel logistics challenges to the existing medical supply chain that conventionally distributes vaccines at ~2–8°C.

In the paper, DHL evaluates how the transport of vaccines as a highly temperature-sensitive product can be managed effectively to combat the further spread of the virus. The scope of this task is immense: To provide global coverage of COVID-19 vaccines, up to ~200,000 pallet shipments and ~15 million deliveries in cooling boxes as well as ~15,000 flights will be required across the various supply chain set-ups.

“The COVID-19 crisis emerged with an unprecedented breadth and impact. It required governments, businesses, and the logistics industry alike to adapt quickly to new challenges. As a world leader in logistics, we want to share our experience of operating during one of the biggest health crises in recent history, in order to develop strategies in an ever-more connected world”, explains Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL. “To protect lives against the pandemic, governments have moved towards a more active role in medical supply chains. Over the past few months, we have demonstrated that sufficient planning and appropriate partnerships within the supply chain can play a key role as governments work to secure critical medical supplies during health emergencies such as this.”

Future public health crisis management to include public-private partnerships

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, demand for medical supplies has surged. For example, UNICEF sourced 100 times more face masks and 2,000 times more medical gloves than in 2019. Bringing medical supplies from their distant sources to the frontline has been one of the most crucial activities in pandemic response management in the first phase of the health emergency. For PPE specifically, inbound logistics were a major challenge due to geographically concentrated production, limited airfreight capacity and a lack of inbound quality checks. To ensure stable medical supply in a future health crisis, a comprehensive setup of public health crisis strategies and structures needs to be established by governments with partnerships from both public and private sectors.

“From the onset, Asia was in the cockpit of the supply race with millions of PPE and test kits shipped out of China and South Korea respectively,” added Leonora Lim, Head of Life Science and Healthcare, DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation, Asia Pacific. “The delivery of vaccines would be a completely different ball game however given the scale of distribution and strict temperature requirements. A close partnership between the public and private sectors would address the urgent need for a viable medical supply chain that will preserve the integrity of these vaccines and have them delivered to over 200 countries and territories in a timely fashion.”

To kick-start the dialogue among the different actors and improve pandemic resilience in medical supply logistics, DHL provides a framework for the cooperation of logistics companies with authorities, politicians, NGOs as well as the life sciences industry. The framework helps to establish measures to ensure the most stable and safe supply chains possible. Besides an emergency response plan, this includes a partnership network, strong physical logistics infrastructure and IT-enabled supply chain transparency. Lastly, a response unit with a clear mandate should be put in place to implement all critical activities at short notice.

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SCG Logistics connects enterprise data & apps with SnapLogic

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SnapLogic, provider of the #1 Intelligent Integration Platform, announced that SCG Logistics has standardized on SnapLogic’s leading cloud integration platform to support its process automation, data analytics, and digital transformation initiatives. SCG Logistics, Thailand’s leading provider of distribution and transportation management services, has deployed SnapLogic to integrate core operational and analytics systems and automate business-critical processes across the enterprise, enabling the company to provide exceptional services to its customers around the world.

SCG Logistics leverages its efficient management system, extensive business network, best-in-class transportation and warehouse services, and state-of-the-art technology to provide unparalleled service to its customers. The company employs an order management system (OMS) to track and manage sales, orders, inventory, and fulfillment across multiple channels, making it easy to do business with customers via chatbots and other capabilities. The company also integrates internal SCG systems with external client systems, allowing information and process flow to be visualized across the complete value chain which drives competitiveness. In addition, the company relies on advanced analytics and data-driven insights to optimize the supply chain and improve operational efficiency.

SnapLogic is the glue that connects SCG Logistics’ many operational systems and analytics platforms. With SnapLogic as the foundation, seamless business processes and data-driven decisions enable the company to drive innovation, improve service delivery, and enhance the customer experience.

SnapLogic’s Intelligent Integration Platform uses AI-powered workflows to automate all stages of IT integration projects – design, development, deployment, and maintenance – whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments. The platform’s easy-to-use, self-service interface enables both expert and citizen integrators to manage all application integration, data integration, API management, B2B integration, and data engineering projects on a single, scalable platform. With SnapLogic, organizations can connect all of their enterprise systems quickly and easily to automate business processes, accelerate analytics, and drive transformation.

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Oracle launched oracle cloud SCM to empower supply chain industry 

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To help organizations build resilient and agile supply chains that drive innovation and growth, Oracle today announced the latest updates to Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (Oracle Cloud SCM). The updates help customers increase collaboration across supply networks, proactively manage supply chain assets, and implement long-term supply chain planning.

“The last 12 months have stretched supply chains to the limit as organizations wrestle with the disruptions of COVID-19, shifting global trade agreements, rapidly changing customer expectations, and numerous other unforeseen circumstances,” said Rick Jewell, senior vice president, Oracle Applications development. “With the new capabilities within Oracle Cloud SCM, we are helping our customers navigate this complexity and build more adaptable businesses that can respond to today’s challenges and whatever comes next.”

With Oracle Cloud SCM, organizations can identify new opportunities, rethink processes, and plan and execute across the entire business. The latest features and capabilities within Oracle Cloud SCM include:

  • Oracle Logistics Digital Assistant: Provides on-the-go access to real-time supply chain information through a conversational interface that responds quickly, improves user satisfaction, and increases business efficiencies. In addition, users can now easily access order status and shipment tracking remotely without having to navigate through the Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) application or understand complicated data mappings. As a result, a supply chain manager can be informed of all in-transit orders and receive timely updates on shipments from anywhere, on any mobile device.
  • Oracle AI Planning Advisor: Uses artificial intelligence capabilities embedded within Supply Chain Planning to display recommendations that optimize new product introduction (NPI) and enable customers to respond to current and anticipated production disruptions.
  • Field Service Preventative Maintenance: Helps organizations improve the customer experience through new preventative service flows and break-fix and installation capabilities that are delivered via Service Logistics Cloud for Field Service.
  • Multi-Tier Supply Chain Collaboration: Delivers improved visibility into upstream supply to increase overall supply chain responsiveness. Oracle Supply Chain Collaboration can now synchronize upstream supply information such as on-hand balances, purchase order details, and work order details from multiple tiers of external organizations. The data is then automatically shared with Oracle Supply Planning Cloud.
  • Planning for Project-Driven Supply Chain: Optimizes supply planning for project-specific material requirements and execution of purchase orders, transfer orders, and work orders—all with project and task references. By matching demand and supply based on flexible rules, customers are able to group projects and plan at the group level when supplies can be combined across many projects.
  • New Channel Revenue Management Capabilities: Streamline and optimize trade programs by enabling organizations to create, resolve, and settle claims for deductions and overpayments. In addition, the new capabilities simplify the export of supplier programs and claims.
  • Cross-Product Procurement Enhancements: Simplify integration with external systems to help customers integrate and extend procurement processes via new and modified REST APIs. In addition, Oracle Procurement Cloud features new deep links that provide easy navigation directly to application pages without using the menu structure. These links can be leveraged in a variety of ways, including in business intelligence reports, notifications, and third-party application pages.

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Warehouse management: Can you afford downtime?

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We aren’t talking about personal downtime here. We are talking about those times where you have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of products stored. If these products melted, grew mold, or were otherwise damaged – that responsibility falls to you to cover. Your warehouse plays a pivotal and essential role in the supply chain, and if you aren’t ensuring you have taken every precaution possible, you might just find yourself losing out in the long run.

Of course, the first thing that you have is insurance. This will keep you covered for most eventualities. But the real dark horse when it comes to your back-up plan will be your CI Group generator. 

Planning and Preparation

No one wants to think about the disaster moment of the power going out. But there is a relief in knowing you have an industrial generator that can help you handle the situation with ease. The chances of a total power failure from natural disasters or a human-made issue aren’t as small as you might thing. The proactive step to take is to have a back-up generator and knowing how to use it long in advance of anything happening.

Power Outages

It has been reported that blackouts and power outages have been increasing since 2003. In simple terms, this means you are more likely to experience a power outage than ever before. 

Snow, ice, storm hurricanes have caused most of these outages, and other severe weather issues are some of the critical causes of power outages and general power issues. These disturbances will knock the power out to your warehouse. What comes next? The waiting game. How long before you will be back up and running? How long before you are at risk of stock issues?

Basic Generator Tips

You will have to make sure that you choose a generator that is large enough to keep your critical systems running. It is a good idea to work with a provider and let them know what you need so that you can be sure you have a generator that will suit your needs. 

Fuel is going to be a crucial part of the whole operation, and if you hadn’t already thought about now is undoubtedly the time. And in the case of a flood, have you ensured that your generator is built to keep running or at least protected.

Before you call any companies, find out all of your energy usage numbers and the equipment that would be the minimum that you need to have running. This will give them a clear understanding of your power needs. 

The very bottom line is that all businesses are going to be heavily reliant on gas and electricity to keep themselves up and running. These things are even more essential if you have extensive storage facilities that supply pharmaceuticals, hospitals, and food businesses.

And it is impossible to say that your business won’t suffer from a blackout or a power outage, so getting a generator is part of a plan that can keep your business running even in the face of disaster. 

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