ALOM Picks Up Top Supply Chain Projects Award 2021
Benchmarking agility, ALOM ramped up production capacity five-fold and achieved 99.9% on-time shipping of COVID-19 test kits.
Leveraging technology to empower its pandemic relief activity, ALOM, a global leader in supply chain management, increased its organisational agility, boosted capacity and achieved nearly 100% on-time shipping of COVID-19 test kits to test centres, medical facilities, and end-users across the U.S.
It’s an impressive feat. Deservedly, Supply & Demand Chain Executive has named ALOM as a recipient of the Top Supply Chain Projects Award for 2021 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
ALOM serves as a partner to Fortune 100 clients in the technology, automotive, government, medical, telecommunications, and utility/energy sectors, and as such, was well-positioned with deep expertise and resources. As the situation with the global pandemic deteriorated and many companies began to shut down, ALOM was able to thrive. Its ISO 13485 certified medical manufacturing capabilities and multiple FDA registered facilities allowed for the increased capacity building required to meet the spike in demand they saw from five of the nation’s leading test kit providers.
Capacity and Supply Chain Optimisation
ALOMS system, ALOM BI, was designed to provide the traceability and real-time visibility critical to manufacturing medical supplies, ensuring optimal efficiencies and on-time deliveries. Planners and partners are empowered with status alerts and real-time views on demand planning, inventory, production, order management and shipping status metrics, allowing them to respond dynamically to changing conditions.
Importantly, BI is leveraging machine learning and predictive analytics for demand planning and capacity optimisation throughout its clients’ supply chains.
“I am so proud of our dedicated staff and advanced technology infrastructure that allowed us to onboard complex, highly regulated medical programs in weeks rather than months or years,” said ALOM President and CEO Hannah Kain. “Not only did we ramp up production capacity five-fold while maintaining complete accuracy, we achieved 99.9% on-time shipping for all clients”.
Scaling production required intricate resource planning and additional human resources. Safety remained a top priority for ALOM who implemented over 40 worker safety protocols, including:
- covered outdoor break areas
- workstation dividers
- staff support
- onsite vaccination clinic
- tutoring stipends for children of staff members
- support during COVID-19 related leaves
“At the beginning of the pandemic, we set goals for ALOM. One of the goals was to be part of the solution to the pandemic, and I am grateful that our company had the opportunity to perform at such a high level in support of our clients and their products that helped save lives,” Kain added. “Now, to enable our clients to meet the opportunities of a recovering economy, we are leveraging BI to accelerate our procurement, production and fulfilment capabilities in new and innovative ways as we continue to grow in our four market segments. Due to strong relationships, dedication and technology, our procurement and planning teams have been meeting the challenges of the unstable supply lines.”
“The supply chain industry has been challenged with a host of supply chain disruptions over the last year. Yet, the winners on this list continued to re-tool and innovate,” said Marina Mayer, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. “Whether it be moving a customer to a cloud-based solution or implementing a more sustainable shipping option, these top supply chain projects reflect the supply chain industry’s strength and resilience to overcome disruptions and work better, smarter, and more efficiently in the years ahead.”
JAGGAER: Advancing Procurement Technology in Healthcare
JAGGAER has revealed the latest technological advancements in its cutting-edge, ground-breaking system at this years Arab Health, hosted by Informa Markets, as the industry-leading all-in-one procurement platform provider continues to provide support for the global healthcare industry as it struggles to recover from a year and a half tainted by the novel Coronavirus, and the ongoing pressure that it is putting on hospitals and pharmaceuticals.
With new technology and innovation taking centre stage this year’s edition of Arab Health, JAGGAER announced the launch of its new ‘Digital Mind’ strategy. The strategy features a core set of advanced strategies, including embedded intelligence, predictive data analytics, and real-time user guidance that can all be used to support healthcare procurement teams with the necessary and oftentimes difficult strategic decision-making involved in the acquisition process. It’s set to better efficiency across the sector, reduce risk, and better customer service capabilities.
The Exponential Growth of IoMT
This development comes at a time when the Internet of Things (IoT) has started to infiltrate all industries in an elaborate way. In a report published by Deloitte, it has been suggested that the global market for the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is projected to exceed US$158bn by 2022, with the IoMT market specifically in the MENA region, expected to hit US$9bn.
Hany Mosbeh, Vice President of Sales Middle East & Africa, JAGGAER, said: ‘The healthcare sector is increasingly adopting disruptive technologies into the IoMT ecosystem including artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and robotic process automation (RPA). From a procurement perspective, these technologies are also being utilised in our systems, having far-reaching benefits for the healthcare industry.’
JAGGAER’s Digital Mind
The new Digital Mind strategy incorporates JAGGAER Adopt, Assist and Advise. The latter of which enables users to be more proactive in recognising potential areas of improvement and mitigating challenging situations such as supplier risk. By leveraging a combination of advanced predictive analytics, machine learning, and customer-specific business rules, JAGGAER Advise empowers procurement professionals to identify steps that could improve performance or results and take corrective action on behalf of users.
The software also provides its users with data-driven actionable insights and recommends the next steps to mitigate the risk of supply disruptions, supplier qualification, performance issues, and underperforming sourcing events.
Speaking at one of the sessions during the event, Microsoft Research’s Chief Medical Scientist, Dr Junaid Bajwa, outlined the role of data in the healthcare sector, he said: ‘Today’s story is one of automation of processes, aggregation of data, moving to intelligent analysis and AI, and then repeating that cycle. If we get this right, it has the potential to reduce costs and support clinicians by unmasking occult disease types, generalising new associations and perhaps even generating new novel hypotheses and new mechanisms.’
Right now, JAGGAER supports over 120 healthcare organisations globally. They do so by modernising and transforming their procurement capabilities through digitalisation─an action that is propelling the industry forward at pace. To name just a small number of companies that JAGGAER services: Dubai Health Authority, Uniting Care, NHS England, HCA Healthcare, and Bright Horizons.
‘During Arab Health, we heard from a range of experts who highlighted the challenges directly linked to COVID-19, from developing enough vaccines to combat the infection to the flow of raw materials to make the vaccines. In an era of technological advancements in the healthcare industry that are saving lives, it is also important to utilise this technology from a business perspective so that we can identify future risk and improve performance’, Mosbeh added.