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With access to the DHL global network, NHS Supply Chain is uniquely positioned to help you reduce your supply chain costs. Working with your NHS Supply Chain buyer, you can access our Supply Chain Cost Reduction Team, who can support you in delivering savings through reductions in vehicles, handling, materials and freight.

View our latest Supply Chain Cost Reduction case study .

For further information, please contact your NHS Supply Chain buyer or email, including details of your NHS Supply Chain contract(s).

See how we can work with you to maximise efficiencies in your supply chain
Reduced vehicles
Reduced Vehicles

Trailer fill increase
Maximisation of inbound trailer fill enables you to reduce the cost of transport and handling. We will work with you to agree optimal ordering quantities, frequencies and modalities to produce the most efficient solution across transport, handling and inventory levels.

Pallet height optimisation
Each NHS Supply Chain distribution centre has a maximum pallet height to suit the available racking; however, we will work with you to optimise your inbound pallet heights to suit the delivery vehicle. This can reduce overall supply chain costs even after taking into account the additional NHS Supply Chain handling costs.

Pallet fill increase
Assessing the pallet criteria and how the packs are loaded onto the pallet base can lead to increased pallet fill.

Our backhaul service enables you to replace existing third party haulier arrangements, which has resulted in a lower delivery cost, better service levels and a reduced number of road miles.

Reduced handling
Reduced Handling

Euro pallet acceptance
While our distribution centres are set up for UK standard pallets, we are willing to consider Euro pallets where additional costs are being generated through double handling.

Pack quantity optimisation
Reviewing and optimising either or both the Unit of Issue quantity and Unit of Purchase quantity can potentially lead to major improvements in the quantity of product on a pallet and therefore reduce transport costs.

Reduced materials
Reduced Materials

Packaging minimisation
Redeveloping primary, secondary and tertiary packaging where improvements are identified can deliver materials cost savings by:

  • removal of packaging
  • reducing packaging size
  • reducing packaging specification.

Packaging optimisation
Changing the way that the primary, secondary and tertiary packs are stacked can lead to improvements in the quantity of product on a pallet and therefore reduce transport costs.

Reduced freight
Reduced Freight

Direct inbound deliveries
To help you remove cost from your supply chains outside the EU, we can handle deliveries on the following terms:

  • Free on board (FOB) (NHS Supply Chain takes custody of goods at the origin port and is responsible for shipping, customs clearance and delivery to the distribution centre)
  • Delivered duty paid (DDP) (the supplier is responsible for all activities and costs up to the point of delivery into an NHS Supply Chain distribution centre).

Bulk container acceptance
We can accept product loose loaded in sea-freight containers to further reduce transport costs, providing there is a net overall benefit after taking into account the additional NHS Supply Chain handling costs.

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