New document on third-party logistics providers

20th September 2010

The USAID|DELIVER project recently published the document: Emerging Trends in Supply Chain Management: Outsourcing Public Health Logistics in Developing Countries. This document is a useful resource for engaging outside resources for public health logistics, covering the what, when, and how of outsourcing and its applicability to people working in public health supply chain management. They could include Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance stakeholders, program managers, and Central Medical Store managers (or associated managers at parastatal organizations charged with health product management). Roughly divided into three sections, the publication focuses on the following three elements of outsourcing:

  • What: describes the basic principals of outsourcing and provides two country examples.
  • Why: elaborates on the decision-making process, including basic guidelines for a cost benefit analysis and additional considerations beyond cost.
  • How: Covers the specifics of contract management, including selecting a third-party logistics provider (3PL), creating service-level agreements, and managing the contract using key performance indicators.

To downoad the document, please click here.

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