10 strategies to streamline ASC supply chain management

Inventory Optimization Solutions shared 10 ways ASCs can improve supply chain management.

Here are the key takeaways:

1. Order preparation. Barcode scanners can capture information on products needing to be ordered.

2. Order approval. Overspending can be avoided by shifting the approval to the front of the purchasing process by reducing orders for products.

3. Order submission. Ordering can be streamlined through technology such as autofax or email. Automating order submission also frees up time for supply chain personnel.

4. Vendor communication. Using data interchange technology, supply chain staff can communicate with suppliers to receive confirmation orders have been placed, and when the supplies are on their way.

5. Mobile apps. Supply chain apps allow staff to place orders electronically, and approvers can approve and submit them seamlessly.

6. Tracking costs. Technology can help ASC administrators keep track of business plans, track inventory and manage costs.

7. Standardize products. Working with group purchasing organizations to determine which products can be standardized can help ASCs save costs.

8. Take advantage of the cloud. Using cloud technology will save staff time because the software can be adapted to fit an organization's structure, and software doesn't need to be installed.

9. Electronic three match invoice approval. Checking invoices to ensure they match the confirmed price and quantity can improve supply chain accuracy.

10. Automate orders. Automating orders can free up time for ASC staff members who have to wear multiple hats.

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