Gartner is a prestigious information technology research and advisory company and they periodically recognize companies who are making strides in innovating supply chain. Also humbling is the fact that this is the first year that the Chainnovators award is being presented to an organization in the healthcare industry.
We’re proud of the work that led us to be recognized in this way. We have spent the past couple of years developing solutions to help streamline the healthcare supply chain. One of our successes was meeting the industry-agreed date of January 1, 2013 for labeling all of our devices with a GTIN barcode. This data standard, when used across the supply chain, will help solve the problems that arise naturally when data in different systems are not in the same [format] language.
We’ve also formed our Supply Chain Improvement team, who are dedicated solely to working with customers around the globe to develop and implement tools to improve purchasing, delivery and inventory management activities. Our goal has been and remains to be delivering the highest quality product to the patient in need in an efficient and sustainable way.
Thank you, Gartner, for your recognition of this work. All of us at Cook are honored.