This is what we have done in our "Quality Statement", which has been signed by all of the Managing Directors of our subsidiaries. Based on our ICARE shared principles, we are committed to:
We keep this promise by working with integrated management systems. These combine methods and instruments from different areas, including quality, environment, and occupational safety.
We offer our customers almost 130,000 different medicines. We purchase the majority of these from brand manufacturers. Increasingly, our customers are also relying on our own brands, upon which we place special quality requirements – these include social as well as environmental standards.
We check the quality of our goods at every single step in the supply chain. In France, this so-called batch tracking is already mandatory. Our tracking system allows goods to be tracked end-to-end.
To strive for continuous improvement in all parts of our organisation we use Lean Six Sigma as a systematic approach. Lean Six Sigma is a process oriented, holistic management approach that puts the customer right at the centre of all business activities and aims at continuously improving operational and back-office processes by minimising variation in processes and reducing defects.
United Kingdom, AAH Pharmaceuticals
After a thorough analysis, AAH Pharmaceuticals changed processes in the warehouses to reduce paper and waste. The result is 8 million fewer pages in 12 months, the equivalent of €70,000 in savings.
Sweden, Lloyds Apotek
In Swedish pharmacies we have reduced the time required to store newly delivered goods: on average, pharmacists here are now 20% faster. The time gained can instead be used to benefit patients in the pharmacies.
Portugal, OCP Portugal
Through process optimisation with Lean Six Sigma, the company OCP Portugal was able to cut printing by a volume of 3.6 million sheets of paper annually. Transport activities were identified as the major source of paper consumption in the company. Therefore, related documents were defined as the scope of the problem analysis and solutions development.
Denmark, Tjellesen Max Jenne A/S
Colleagues in Denmark complained about unnecessary travel distances in the store: with the help of Lean Six Sigma, we have implemented more efficient goods storage and shorter travel distances. This saves money and manpower at the same time.
Austria, Herba Chemosan Apotheker-AG
With a detailed process analysis and the use of further Lean Six Sigma methods, we were able to reduce the process time for purchasing in the secondary market (secondary market sourcing).
France, OCP France
In several French dispatch centres, the number of products damaged during order picking was significantly reduced. In addition to customer satisfaction, we have also achieved cost reductions.
Norway, Norsk Medisinaldepot
By analysing the causes of returns and evaluating the returns process, it was possible to reduce the number of returns caused by order errors in pharmacies. This has led to a noticeable reduction in expenditure – both for pharmacies and wholesalers.
Slovenia, Kemofarmacija d.d.
As part of an LSS project, we were able to arrange the storage locations within the store much more efficiently. In addition to faster delivery of medicines, this also means shorter travel distances for colleagues.
Belgium, Pharma Belgium / LloydsPharma
The time required to place and process an order in central purchasing was reduced by 50% with the help of Lean Six Sigma. This takes the pressure off employees and enables them to use the time they have gained for other value-adding activities.
Italy, ADMENTA Italia
Through process optimisation with Lean Six Sigma, the number of customer complaints due to wrong and misdeliveries was significantly reduced. This resulted in higher customer satisfaction and more efficient internal processes.