Whether it’s a package to your home or an important shipment to your business, deliveries have been slower than usual, delayed for weeks, or lost completely. The culprit is not hard to find as ecommerce sites witnessed a surge in orders beginning in mid-March—the same time shelter-in-place orders began in the United States.
This week, we catch up with Michael Shanks, Purchasing / Inventory Supervisor at Snell Prosthetics and Orthotics. With over 5 years of experience purchasing for Snell P&O’s ten locations, Shanks has become highly effective at optimizing shipping lanes and maximizing efficiencies. We called up Shanks to see if he had tips to share for purchase managers and associates to keep their clinics well-stocked.
Working with a distributor has advantages that helps your clinic save time and reduce costs. Distributors handle a multitude of product sourcing from manufacturers so you can focus attention on improving patient outcomes. According to a Tugsten Network study, businesses have estimated spending 55 hours weekly bogged down with supplier handling processes. By shopping with a distributor, you’re free from having to process invoices, negotiate contracts, and host back-and-forth communications with an army of suppliers.