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Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Distribution Solutions

Market regulations and customer demands are driving new business requirements for healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical and life sciences distributors. Faced with the complexity of controlled inventory and multi-temperature storage, companies must also navigate increasing labour challenges that make it difficult to meet service and cost expectations predictably. Fortna can help improve efficiency so leaders can meet performance goals with existing human and capital resources.

New Challenges Add Complexity for Life Science Distributors

In a complex distribution landscape, healthcare, hospital, pharmaceutical, medical supply, and medical device distributors must navigate challenges that include:

  • Limited labour availability, rising costs, high turnover, increasing absenteeism and additional measures required to keep workers safe
  • New challengers, putting pressure on costs and service expectations and driving the need to enable and enhance omnichannel capabilities
  • Rigorous product safety and regulations, including track and trace requirements from the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)
  • Multi-temperature storage environments and cold chain/temperature-controlled transportation
  • Global mergers, acquisitions, and market consolidation that continues to blur lines between sectors
Fortna can help optimise fulfilment operations to achieve business goals and enable flexibility by leveraging the full value of existing assets.

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    Improve Distribution Performance with the Fortna Operations Assessment

    The Fortna Operations Assessment helps companies to optimise distribution operations to meet current and future business needs and performance goals. The data-driven analysis and expert observation of people, processes, systems and assets will help enhance and support your fulfilment operations. The assessment will identify and evaluate solutions and technologies to improve performance, reduce dependence on labour and ensure business agility and resilience.

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    Scientifically proven proprietary modelling tools and algorithms allow Fortna to design for maximum efficiency and outcomes.

    Holistic Approach

    Fortna designs solutions with a holistic perspective, considering upstream/downstream impacts on the entire operation and network.

    Best-fit Technology

    At Fortna, we identify and select appropriate and best-fit equipment without bias toward any manufacturer.

    Calculate Your Potential Labour Savings with the Fortna Goods-to-Person Tool

    Improve picking productivity with Goods-to-Person technologies.
    Use our assessment tool to calculate potential labour savings with automation.

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    Fortna applies a data science approach with an operator’s perspective to ensure innovative design and optimal material and information flow supported by a justifiable business case.

    Life Sciences Market Insights & Resources

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    Medical Device Distributors Adopt Direct-To-Consumer Model

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    Distribution at a Pivot Point: Choosing the Right Automation Technology for Your Business

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    Life Sciences Distributors are struggling with labour challenges. Fortna can help improve performance of existing labour and equipment with the Fortna Operations Assessment. Identify and prioritise opportunities for immediate improvement. Optimise labour, equipment, space.

      Client Success Case Study

      Eliminate Outsourcing Costs & Make Distribution a Core Competency

      A global healthcare company needed to transform their distribution operations to handle considerable growth in their Pharma and Medical Device divisions. Fortna helped them consolidate fulfilment for their business units and design-build three new DCs with requirements for serialisation, security for controlled substances, and temperature controls. In just 3 years, they eliminated costly 3PLs and offsite storage, significantly cutting costs and complexity.

      Let Fortna Help You Transform Your Distribution Operations

        Fortna helped us reduce risk in this highly visible project.

        Pharmaceutical Industry Executive


          Leverage Existing Assets with Improved Efficiency

          A global leader in animal health care experiencing 15% year-over-year growth partnered with Fortna to assess an existing distribution centre that was nearing capacity with years left on its lease. The data-driven assessment identified a retrofit design solution that included mezzanines to add floor space and automation to improve productivity and cycle times.  The company reduced the need for off-site storage and was able to postpone the significant capital investment of a new DC for almost 10 years as the result of an operations assessment which helped them get more capacity and efficiency from their existing facility.

          Elevate Distribution Capabilities with the Power of the Fortna Framework

            Solutions for Today’s Challenges

            Fortna develops the optimal solution for your business challenges. Whether your business wrestles with eCommerce fulfilment and returns, omni-channel commerce, or the complexities of local micro-fulfilment, our solutions improve performance today while ensuring flexibility for the future.

              Best-Fit Technology Solutions

              Being supplier-agnostic allows us to identify and select technologies that uniquely meet your business requirements. The result is a comprehensive, flexible solution that delivers the promised business results.

                Software to Power Performance

                In addition to our FortnaWES™ offering, our supplier-agnostic approach allows us to identify and select additional technologies that uniquely meet your business requirements. The result is a comprehensive, flexible solution that delivers the promised business results.