According to industry group Practice Greenhealth, the healthcare sector creates 25.1 pounds of waste per staffed bed every day or 5.9 million tons annually. Health Facilities Management also reports that 54 percent of solid waste components by weight are paper and cardboard. One way hospital CFOs and supply chain managers can reduce waste and streamline the supply chain is through a simple ‘packaging exam.’
Becker’s Hospital CFO recently invited us to share two top ways the packaging of common, commoditized hospital products matters to the bottom line and the environment for hospital CFOs. They keys to success: start with an inside-out approach to sourcing of common, commoditized hospital product quality improvements, eliminate secondary packaging and stop shipping air.
“On the surface it might seem packaging is too ‘deep in the weeds’ for strategic-minded hospital CFOs. However a closer look into the bottom-line supply chain impact and a broader view of environmental impact of the packaging of common, commoditized hospital products warrants a more thorough discussion of the topic between hospital CFOs and their supply chain and purchasing managers.”
Read the quick-hitting article in Becker’s Hospital CFO online http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/reduce-hospital-waste-and-supply-chain-costs-with-a-packaging-exam.html