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Five To Save | Plan For Supply Chain Pitfalls


The Z5 Piggy Bank is exploring caves like his favorite adventurous archaeologist.

It’s almost impossible to get ahead if you’re struggling to keep up.

But that’s always the struggle in healthcare, isn’t it? You want to provide the most cutting-edge care for your community, but more often than not, you’re also just barely making ends meet with what you’re doing already.

And then there’s the Indiana Jones problem: no matter how much you plan - no matter how you've outsmarted the traps and pitfalls so far - something unexpected is going to come at you. And at that point, you’re going to have to improvise. 

Indiana Jones running from the killer ball.

Hopefully you’ve planned ahead enough that you bring with you a tool as versatile as a whip.

That’s where this week’s five articles will come in handy.

  1. Apply the Moneyball approach in your supply chain. You might be surprised by the results.
  2. Planning for the short term hurts you in the long term. (This shouldn’t come as a surprise; it’s more to help you avoid it.) 
  3. So you have plans to improve your supply chain. Now you have to convince your clinicians.
  4. What tools can you use? Forbes did a good job of breaking down what AI can do for healthcare right now and what it just can’t.
  5. At the absolute minimum you should be up-to-date on the latest supply chain ethics standards.


If you’d planned ahead, you could have gotten the special bonus article that only goes to our email subscribers. If you’re still catching up, maybe go ahead and do that now.

Because you never know what’s coming.

Why did it have to be snakes? gif.

Until then, PLEASE comment below, email us, etc. Tell us what you liked. What was helpful. What you’d like to see more of. 

Topics: selling medical inventory, supply chain management, medical supply, digital supply management, healthcare inventory, buying medical inventory, crisis planning, indiana jones

Alex Diamond

Written by Alex Diamond

Raised in the armpit of East Texas before escaping to the civilization of Austin, Alex is an author and former radio/podcast personality. If you ever run into him, ask him about the day he split his pants in front of the Lone Ranger.