Management of two warehouses dedicated to Aid & Relief operations in Malawi

August 3rd, 2018

In the scope of a project powered by one of the leading Aid & Relief players in Malawi and designed to strategically source and manage quality-assured health commodities (like essential medicines and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets), Bolloré Logistics was involved in helping strengthen supply-chain processes from procurement to storage and delivery in real time.

​In that respect, our team in Malawi was awarded, last May 2017, the management of the warehouse dedicated to the storage of medical equipment and medicines in the scope of a major Aid & Relief Project. The organization launched a call for tenders after which Bolloré Logistics proved to be able to allow savings of nearly $1.2 Million annually on the warehousing of the health commodities. These savings are made possible thanks to implementation of timely picking procedures, accurate stock reports, permanent communication and our flexibility to manage emergencies. In addition to offering significant savings, Bolloré Logistics also provides best levels of services in terms of stock management, traceability, security and storage conditions, as well as an advanced Warehouse Management System (WMS) named “SPEED”.

The contract went into effect last September 2017 with a scope of work including a complete range of warehousing operations (receiving, storage, inventory management, order fulfilment and packing before loading). Our teams in Malawi have dedicated 2 warehouses to this long-term project. The first one, which is Pharmaceutical Grade, extends on a total surface of 1,400 sqm and is dedicated to pharmaceutical products. The second one has a total surface of 1,650 sqm and is dedicated to Bed Nets and other equipment. Both were set up within a time frame of eight weeks. 11 Bolloré Logistics professionals comprising of 1 warehouse manager, 2 medical specialists (a pharmacist and a pharmacy technician), 1 warehouse supervisor, and 7 operational specialists (data clerks, clerks and forklifts operators), were trained accordingly and operate daily in these warehouses. Supervision is provided by a Quality Assurance Pharmacist.

Since the beginning of operations, preparation of orders is done within the set deadlines and with high efficiency. Indeed, the stock was previously carefully prepared to ensure reactivity once orders are placed. Our local teams are still working on their Information Systems tools to cope better with the specific requirements of a warehouse dedicated to supplying a country with essential health objectives.

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