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PFSCM develops and manages warehousing, storage and modular infrastructure solutions that bring lifesaving healthcare products closer to the market, allowing consistent order fulfillment to prevent stockouts and reduce pressure on the storage and management capacity of public health systems.

Through reputable subcontractors, PFSCM offers modular storage units are quick and affordable to install and can be scaled as client or community needs change. The storage units are available in standard or custom configurations and are up to 30% cheaper to erect and 60% faster to install when compared to conventional construction methods. these units can also be kitted with solar power ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply. 

managing

75-pallet capacity

transit warehouse in Uganda since 2016

achieved a

3.2% reduction

for security insurance at our Uganda transit warehouse in 2018

More than

20,000 m2

pharma-grade warehouse space developed to safeguard lifesaving commodities

More Than

270

pharma-compliant modular storage units installed in 5 countries


Uganda transit warehouse: reduced demurrage and detention costs for PFSCM and peers

In 2016, the public health supply chain in Uganda came under pressure when space and receiving constraints at the National Medical Store (NMS) resulted in high container and truck detention charges and also impacted on the chain of custody. PFSCM analyzed the situation and determined that an additional warehouse was needed to relief the congestion at the NMS level.

At the end of 2016, PFSCM had successfully awarded a new warehouse and management contract to reputable freight forwarder UPS and its in-country partner Freight in Time. The freight forwards manage the 75-pallet capacity fully pharma-compliant warehouse. The warehouse is run by a registered pharmacist and is approved and licensed by Uganda’s National Drug Authority. PFSCM’s stock throughput policy, insures all commodities in temporary storage until delivered at NMS. All products coming in, and out of the warehouse are palletized; and for improved traceability, the pallets are not broken down.

Overall, the transit warehouse has delivered exceptional value by:

  • Eliminating reefer container detention charges to ensure more funds are available for purchasing lifesaving health products.
  • Securing the product chain of custody through the implementation of current Good Distribution Practices (cGDP).
  • Alleviating congestion at NMS, which could have resulted in operational challenges in the warehouse and delivery challenges downstream to health facilities

In December 2018, a comprehensive security audit of the transit warehouse was conducted by an independent risk consultant. The auditor closely examined elements such as:

  • Access/egress control
  • Perimeter fencing and lighting
  • Locks and key control
  • Electronic security and burglar bars
  • Armed guard services
  • Dispatch and receiving procedures/areas
  • Fire prevention
  • Temperature control
  • Emergency power
  • Housekeeping

As a result of the successful security audit, PFSCM achieved a 3.2% insurance premium reduction in a very tough market in which most companies are having to pay more due to perceived risk.

Meanwhile, the contract for the management of the Uganda transit warehouse has been extended until the end of 2020. During this period PFSCM will be responsible for value added services such as insurance and financial management, inventory and warehouse management and in-country logistics.

In conclusion, the transit warehouse not only offered a temporary solution to a supply chain problem, but also contributed to real long-term sustainability for the local 3PL.

PFSCM transferred essential supply chain management knowledge, especially with regards to developing, documenting, and adhering to processes that align with current Good Distribution Practices.

The transit warehouse, which is shared by peers and competitors alike, is a sterling example of proactive collaboration among service providers serving the same clients, countries, and health programs, and who have the same vision for positive health outcomes at heart.

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