Medical devices are improving all the time and new devices are appearing in the market very frequently. The manufacture of these medical products is a multimillion-dollar industry. However, without proper collaboration among medical equipment suppliers and with manufacturers, there would be no effective way of maximizing the efficiency and distribution of these devices.
Manufacturers of medical devices must remain in constant touch with medical supplier chains. These manufacturers must convey any new developments in so that suppliers are able to develop a suitable marketing strategy. After all, these medical equipment suppliers deal with retail selling of devices to hospitals and individual doctors. Medical products can be better distributed when the retailers know their details.
All manufacturers of medical devices should hold a seminar or a webinar occasionally to inform their suppliers of recent breakthroughs and new equipment. Supply of medical products to retailers can be done through a common platform. The body that controls the distribution of medical equipment should hold an annual meeting to improve collaboration among the suppliers. Printing of materials related to medical devices can be made readily available to all suppliers. Communication through email and mobile devices should be enabled between various suppliers so that they can collaborate to deliver equipment faster and with ease.
Collaboration has to involve one-on-one contact and telephone numbers and business cards must be distributed among various suppliers. It is also better if geographical areas are demarcated for each supplier so that it allows each equipment supplier a level playing field. There is no point in the same medical equipment being bandied about by different suppliers in the same areas. This can cause clash of interests.
Collaboration can also be achieved in shipping medical supplies from different suppliers. Not all suppliers have a presence everywhere. Suppliers of medical equipment can help each other in shipping and distributing equipment locally. This can even lower the cost of shipping and make the distribution system more efficient. It should be possible for all suppliers to accept orders from each other and deliveries can be made on the behalf of each other. International shipping costs can be lowered because of such collaboration.
Sharing of information is vital when it comes to distribution of medical equipment. Warehouse space can be shared too so that suppliers can save money. The cost of transportation can thus be minimized and the delivery system is made faster and more efficient.