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Pharmaceutical Supply Chain is like a Relay Race

I think it is quite exciting to watch a relay race…all participants ready for start, focused completely on handing over the baton and the goal is to finish as soon as possible!

How many handovers can you define within the supply chain of pharmaceuticals?
There are many hands like for instance quality, finance, marketing, registration, production, supply chain.
Who can focus on this race and has the transparancy, helicopterview and the capability to do their utmost to get the medicine to the patient as quickly as possible.

If you watched relay races you know where the tension is rising hughly……..exactly the handover point…..because if the baton and the team are losing big time…..

It is exactly the same situation for the pharma supply chain, there are so many moments where we can drop the baton…so many desks and so many departments…what is important that we have full transparancy of the track of the race, the handover points where we can trip over, how quickly we can get up and continue our race…to make sure the baton will be at the finish as quickly as possible.

I remember some years ago that we were having problems losing the baton all the time during product launching…how disturbing…patients are waiting for this new medicine..The following issues came up like how fast can we have it in the market, do we have the right forecast so manufacturing can make the right product and release in time, when do we expect market authorization or do we have a clock stop (do we still have questions to answer), is artwork approved in time or do we need some changes, did we inform our 3PL in time that a new product is coming, do we need specials training for warehouse staff, are all financial details transparent… a complex environment.

If you need transparancy and supply chain support you can contact me!


“Follow your heart”

I started as a youngster with a pharmaceutical company, many years ago. At that time I was hired for a logistic job. In my mind however I wanted to become the Master of Marketing in Pharma land and my first personal goal was to get all kinds of marketing certificates (for the Dutch people I am referring to Nima A & B).

Watching the people in marketing jobs every day made it very clear to me that the people in these profiles had a doctor or vet degree – which I did not have at the time.

Pretty quickly I was offered a sales rep position. That would be a perfect start towards marketing, right? Unfortunately it was not in the region of my preference.

So I chose to stay with my old job, pretty much secure, at the supply chain department. And in the mean time I discovered that I loved to be in the middle of all the processes ensuring our customers received our products in time at the right place and with the right quality.

How satisfying is that!

After some months the preferred region became available and I could start as a sales rep……. yes, the company offered me “The Job”. After some consideration….. I told them “no”

I realised that I fell in love with the pharmaceutical supply chain and that decision made my future and my career.

“Celebrate success!”

Thank you for all your kind messages!

I received a lot of messages concerning my 9 years working for PSLOGISTICS.

I started my own company to live my mission..”improve the supply chain to increase availability of medicines for patients”…I worked for different companies, learned and enjoyed them all. I want to thank all my colleagues during these 9 years!

I am looking forward to chase my mission with all my drive & passion and doing every day I like improve the supply chain of medicines!