Smarter Supply, Executive Brief: New Requirements in Global Clinical Supply Spur Evolution and Innovation

Who knew clinical trial logistics had so much in common with the automotive and high-tech industries? That certainly seems to be the case with trends such as just-in-time (JIT), customer-managed inventory (CMI) and vendor-managed inventory (VMI).

All of these initiatives came to the clinical trial logistics market as ideas proven in other, seemingly unrelated industries.

The growing prominence of these initiatives in the clinical trial market points to two key trends in pharmaceutical development: first, that clinical research is increasingly a global proposition that requires a departure from traditional supply strategies; and second, that supply chain flexibility is more essential today than ever.

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