The APICS Supply Chain Council (SCC), in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is introducing a new special focus forum, Strengthening Global Health and Humanitarian Supply Chains, to identify solutions to some of the most pervasive challenges facing health and humanitarian supply chains. The forum plans to engage commercial companies, government agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and academia.
Representatives from APICS SCC affiliate and sponsor organizations also aim to contribute a body of knowledge about strategies to improve supply chain performance in targeted countries, identify success factors, share findings through a public website and LinkedIn group, and contribute to global multicultural and multi-industry improvement.
In conjunction with this effort, the APICS SCC hosted a workshop titled “Applying Private Sector Leading Practice to Strengthen Global Health and Humanitarian Supply Chains” at the Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference, which was hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa in November 2015. Together with PwC and Imperial Health Sciences, the APICS SCC polled participants about the challenges facing global health and humanitarian supply chains and brainstormed ideas to guide the mission of the new forum. The results are outlined in the below infographic.
Based on these results and the insights gathered from the workshop’s brainstorming session, the APICS SCC determined that two areas of focus for the forum should be to increase the availability of skilled human resources and support last-mile infrastructure, including warehousing and transportation capacities. Forum leaders hope to address these issues by offering mentorship, sharing best practices for human resources support in the supply chain arena, and creating supply chain toolkits to guide last-mile infrastructure improvements.
Employees of APICS SCC affiliate and sponsor organizations are invited to apply for the global core team. Other levels of participation will be offered for both member and nonmember organizations.