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Tranzone deploys Infor SCE

Healthcare 3PL provider boosts supply chain efficiency with Infor SCM application

Infor provided an industry-specific solution to meet Tranzone's particular needs, says Hibbert.
Infor provided an industry-specific solution to meet Tranzone's particular needs, says Hibbert.

Healthcare logistics provider Tranzone has rolled out Infor SCE (Supply Chain Execution), to improve the efficiency of its whole supply chain.

The company, a third party logistics (3PL) provider for the healthcare industry, has deployed the solution to integrate warehouse management, labour management, 3PL billing and transportation management.

Tranzone ships a number of medical products, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical equipment and nutritional products from its central hub in the Jebel Ali Free Zone to customers around the region. The Infor SCE application will help improve efficiency, cut down on slow moving inventory, and ensure that there is transparency into the supply chain.

The solution also includes the capability to record production batch numbers and medical device serial numbers to immediately recognise the brand and distributor.

The solution has already helped in signing two new customers, Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline, and Tranzone intends to further expand its customer base in the GCC

"The Infor SCE application has allowed us to provide our regional partners with enhanced services and continuous supply, both extremely important factors in our line of business as it is important we have full control of our inventory management system to ensure that stock is always available," said Juergen Hirsch, general manager, Tranzone.

"Healthcare logistics is growing in the Middle East and we predict a further increase in the next 5-10 years. With the prospect of GCC regulations being harmonised in the future, it is now more important than ever to have a flexible and configurable solution for planning and supply chain management with the tools to serve our expanding database of customers efficiently and cost-effectively."

The solution was implemented by Infor partner SPAN, who also provided consultation, training on the use of the system and will handle ongoing maintenance. SPAN also implemented a customs tool as part of the solution, which will manage bill of entry and transfer bill models specific to Tranzone's needs in the GCC.

"Before beginning implementation, SPAN spent time with the Tranzone team to understand their needs and to ensure that the Infor SCE solution would help meet their specific business goals and objectives," explained Kamel El-Ghossaini, regional manager - supply chain solutions, SPAN Group. "We expect that Tranzone will see a return on their investment within two years and following this successful deployment they are now considering implementing the system within other operations."

"Infor Supply Chain Execution provides warehouse and transportation management capabilities that are critical to success in the highly demanding healthcare logistics industry," said Mike Hibbert, channel manager for MEA, Infor. "We worked with our specialist partner SPAN to meet Tranzone's needs by installing an industry-specific solution that will not only improve its efficiency and responsiveness but support the company's future expansion. We are delighted that they have already signed two new customers since deploying the solution."