Inventory Optimization Brings Healthy Outlook to Harvard Drug

Harvard Drug distributes a deep catalog of brand and generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, and supplements to more than 15,000 wholesale and retail customers. As the company grew, its legacy manual processes in place for managing inventory needed an upgrade.

Challenge

Despite tremendous growth in catalog products, Harvard Drugs’ buyers were still using Excel spreadsheets to manage inventory across the company’s four warehouses. Silos across the organization created additional inefficiencies.

Solution

Harvard Drug’s goal was to bring continuity across all channels of the business from a buying perspective. The company selected Manhattan’s Inventory Optimization solution to improve productivity throughout purchasing, and allow buyers to forecast and replenish more strategically.

Progress & Results

Within one year, Harvard’s institutional division saw 6% growth from higher fill rates, and fill rates have improved by 430 base points year over year. 

Operations

Distributes a deep catalog of brand and generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, and supplements from four warehouse locations


Solutions

Inventory Optimization

“Inventory management, by definition, is a very tactical view of the world. Trying to turn that and make that strategic really is a game changer for us. We’re doing a lot more with a lot less.”

Kerry Porter

Vice President of Inventory Management

Harvard Drug

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