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Product Update Removal of Blue Diamond Supply Route (ICN 2544)

Important Customer Notice Update

Ref: 2024/2544 ICN Number: 2544
  • The transition to remove the Blue Diamond route to improve service levels and reduce lead times is continuing.
  • 14 product codes have now successfully transitioned to eDirect and Stocked route which is noted on the Transitioned NPC’s tab of the product listing below.
  • 77 product codes have now been delisted from our online catalogue; these are shown on the Delisted Products tab on the product listing below.
  • Customers are advised to view the product listing identifying all affected Blue Diamond products to be transitioned over the next 12 months.
  • See our Downloads section to access the product listing below for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Regular updates to this product listing will be made available via this ICN as the supply routes for NPCs transition.
  • Whilst it will take several weeks for the changes to be implemented, we understand that the removal of the Blue Diamond route will raise some questions, so your ICS Manager will be on hand to provide guidance and support throughout the process.

Change:

  • NHS Supply Chain continuously review our supply routes to deliver supply chain excellence and best value to customers and patients through innovation, service and clinical expertise.
  • To improve service levels and reduce lead times, we have taken the decision to remove the Blue Diamond supply route from our service offer.

Impact:

  • Suppliers will be actioned in three stages over a 12-month period based on current routes, service level, volume and utilisation of inbound logistics.
  • Products will be moved to either a stocked or eDirect route, offering customers far greater accessibility and visibility of transactions compared with Blue Diamond.
  • This will lead to an estimated 5% increase in delivered service level for these products.
  • In addition, the removal of internal consolidation processes associated with Blue Diamond will reduce lead times by up to 72 hours for 60% of the impacted product demand and by 48 hours for the remaining 40%.

Next Steps:

  • Whilst it will take several weeks before any changes will be implemented, we understand that the removal of the Blue Diamond route will raise some questions so your ICS Manager will be on hand to provide guidance and support throughout the process.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to access the product listing below for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Customers are advised to view the attached product listing identifying all affected Blue Diamond products.
  • Regular updates to this product listing will be made available via this ICN as the supply routes for NPCs begin to transition.

 

Downloads ▼

  • 2544 Blue Diamond Route Product Listing 6 June 2024

    An Excel file showing the product listing with transitioned NPC's and delisted products for ICN 2544.