Owens & Minor Adopts 3PL Solution to Improve Pharma Distribution

July 6, 2010
OM HealthCare Logistics, a new business unit of Owens & Minor, a distributor of medical and surgical supplies, has adopted RedPrairie's Warehouse Management solution to direct operations over its flagship third-party logistics distribution center.

OM HealthCare Logistics is leveraging the system for medical device and pharmaceutical distribution and management, and will also use the system for kitting and serialization track and trace for its clients in the future.

"Our organization needed a solution that could handle complex domestic and international distribution requirements, as well as compliance with FDA regulations," says Denise Odenkirk, OM HealthCare Logistics' vice president. "We ship to multiple types of clients – hospitals, integrated health care systems, distributors, physicians, alternate care locations, sales representatives and the federal government – so the solution had to be effective for all of them."

OM HealthCare Logistics uses the solution to provide clinical supply samples as well as reverse logistics. The warehouse management solution handles many of the tasks associated with those operations, along with functionality designed to enable compliance, recall management, and expiry date notification.