MedTech: Making your emergency our highest priority

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What is MedTech Logistics?

MedTech logistics are specialist logistics solutions designed for the high-priority medical industry. From medical technology to service parts and pharmaceutical products, MedTech shipments require careful handling and steadfast action, because logistics of this kind is often intrinsically linked to the delivery of patient care. Flexibility and reducing risk are therefore an essential requisite.

Whether your team of engineers/technicians are wasting time waiting for a missing spare part, or to repair a piece of diagnostic imaging equipment – such as an X-Ray or MRI device – missed deliveries and delays can slow down productivity. From first-time fixes to increased machine down time, disruption can result in hefty fines and reduced reputation, while also tying-up valuable resources that could be used elsewhere. That’s why consistent, fast, and highly flexible services are fundamental in MedTech logistics. Full visibility across the supply chain is also vital to reduce liability; and when this is combined with efficient service times and proactive customer support organisations can better anticipate and prevent any potential disruption.

What should you look for in a MedTech Logistics specialist?

The nature of the sector demands accuracy and promptness. The global shift caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how crucial a seamless and agile outbound and inbound logistics cycle is.

When lives are at stake, you need a trusted partner. One that is thoroughly compliant to the strict sector regulations, and that can offer agile and fast solutions to support any emergency with the utmost urgency. This means moving goods quickly, delivering on time and in perfect condition, whatever the circumstances.

To achieve this, a sophisticated logistics infrastructure and adjustable final mile options (such as in-room hospital deliveries – see below for more on this) are required, to guarantee frictionless, and complete end-to-end operations. By selecting an agile provider, you will be able to manage last-minute requests with ease, each tailored to your specific requirements, mitigating disruption risks, whilst unlocking your competitive advantage at the same time.

The importance of returns in MedTech logistics

Devices and hospital equipment are often sensitive and extraordinarily valuable, that’s why reverse logistics plays an equally important role in MedTech logistics, particularly when it comes to corporate competitiveness and profitability. Damage and loss are time consuming and costly, therefore every stage of the supply chain must also be quick and seamless in reverse, allowing goods to be checked and restocked to inventory as soon as possible, improving your stock management, while also freeing up your engineers’ time.

Complete visibility and control can help to optimise productivity and reduce administration time in your supply chain. In turn, this will improve patient care while shortening waiting times for patients. Additionally, by relying on a consistent and seamless service, organisations are better equipped to meet compulsory deadlines and avoid costly SLA penalties.

The perfect MedTech Logistics specialist should be able to provide you with a dynamic network and, at the same time, support you in planning and optimising your distribution, whilst offering full transparency over the whole fulfilment process.

Why is Carousel the right choice for my MedTech requirements?

Our future-ready solutions are specific to the MedTech and healthcare sector. We recognise the importance of device and equipment effectiveness, uptime, and the cruciality of quality patient care.

We specialise in providing reliable and comprehensive MedTech Logistics to increase medical equipment operating time and improve patient care. Our end-to-end logistics solutions support medical devices, including diagnostics imaging, scanners, X-ray tubes, plus a vast array of other complex medical and optical devices.

Our work with Canon Medical

Leading global medical equipment manufacturer Canon Medical has been an innovator in medical applications for more than 70 years, and since 2017 Carousel has handled all Canon Medical UK’s critical parts deliveries and returns. The company needed a data-driven solution that would meet the lifesaving, time-sensitive demands of medical equipment industry. Relying on a dependable partner, able to manage easy and efficient deliveries, collections and returns process was crucial. As a complete end-to-end solution, Carousel stepped in to manage all aspects of the final mile (including white-glove delivery directly into specified hospital rooms), as well as returns operations, ensuring better inventory control for the company, and boosting efficiency performance for engineers. Learn more about how we support Canon Medical UK here here.

What services does Carousel offer to the MedTech industry?

At Carousel, we are specialists in medical, MedTech and hospital logistics, offering end-to-end solutions with minimal handover points across Europe and the UK. With our combination of expert teams, robust services, and leading technology we provide our clients value-added solutions that allow full control and visibility at every stage. We design our solutions to meet your specific requirements, from linehaul, clearance, delivery, consolidation, to warehousing and return solutions, so you never need to compromise.

Carousel’s own air-cargo service offers our customers essential services for life-critical shipments and medical equipment:

  • Faster arrivals and early morning deliveries
  • Seamless flight linehaul
  • Comprehensive border solutions

We add value across the supply chain by increasing first-time fix rates, reducing the downtime of critical medical equipment and devices by offering a wide range of services made to accommodate every scenario, including:

  • Later collection times to enable faster and earlier delivery times the following day across Europe
  • EV Collections & Delivery in strategic locations
  • Largest Cargo Door within the market – avoiding direct road networks
  • Extensive Final Mile options – flexible end destination (site, smart locker, FSL, PUDO), or hospital in-room
  • Oversized, small equipment, and devices delivery
  • In-house customs brokerage and handling service
  • Returns management and warehousing
  • Lifecycle tracking
  • End-to-end quality control and data integrity
  • Market-leading app technology through Gateway® for full visibility on your shipments status

Our ‘white glove’ deliveries, direct into hospital rooms

Accurate shipment visibility and flexible delivery options are crucial for supporting engineers and healthcare technicians to effectively fulfil their role. That’s why we’re one of only a few providers who offer a ‘white glove’, in-room hospital delivery option, for when you need a bit of extra care for your sensitive, valuable and or life-critical products.

Our in-room delivery option makes up a key part of our time-critical, high-value medical equipment solutions for the movement of goods from a European Distribution Centre (EDC) or warehouse directly into hospitals. By collaborating with our clients closely, they can leverage our vast sector expertise, existing infrastructure, and leading technology to help them improve efficiencies, boost productivity levels, and ultimately improve patient care.

How Carousel enhances your MedTech logistics, improve service and drive market share.

We first start with a deep dive into your existing logistics solution. This audit looks to identify:

  • Order time to market
  • Engineer efficiency levels
  • OTIF rate
  • Availability of parts / inventory turnover ratio (by geography)
  • Return cycle time
  • Wider ESG/company objectives.

The benefits a Carousel solution can bring:

  • Faster speed to market
  • Maximum engineer up time
  • Reduced SLA penalties
  • Increased revenues & profitability
  • Improved patient care
  • Reduced inventory stock holdings
  • Greater market share.

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Our experts are happy to answer all your questions and help you find the perfect solution for your specific requirements.