Surplus Medical Supply Distributor to Revamp Supply Chain

Accenture (New York) recently completed the development of a global supply chain strategy for MedShare International, an Atlanta-based a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment to healthcare institutions in developing countries. Accenture analyzed MedShare’s domestic network to identify new domestic supply sources and locations for expanding the organization’s distribution capabilities.

“Our goal is to reach more of the disadvantaged while ensuring we make the most efficient use of donated supplies and funds from our increasing number of partners and sponsors,” said A.B. Short, co-founder and CEO of MedShare. “We needed a new strategy for our global supply chain in order to achieve that.”

Since MedShare was founded in 1998, it has retrieved more than $41 million in surplus medical supplies and equipment from U.S. donors and shipped 300 40-foot medical aid containers to healthcare institutions in 89 developing countries. The organization expects to expand its supply sourcing across the United States and increase shipments in the coming years, creating the need for a global operations strategy.

MedShare’s Board of Trustees has accepted Accenture’s recommendations for the new supply chain strategy and is developing an implementation plan.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with 146,000 people in 49 countries; the company generated net revenues of $16.7 billion for its most recent fiscal year.

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