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Globalization. Compliance. Risk Management. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Patient outcomes. Over the last decade the number and variety of supply chain initiatives exploded for the medical device leader. As a result, the supply chain group, and the related business imperatives, grew in importance.
Overall the medical device supply chain fared better through the decade than other industries, despite the fact that they are smaller, more focused companies trying to become global. On average the industry performance on operating margin and inventory turns was better in 2006 than 2015. The reason? The medical device supply chain entered the decade as a supply chain laggard. Through focused supply chain programs they were able to catch up to the level of other industries. This report details the strategies, drivers, and challenges impacting performance in the medical device industry.
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