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The Z5 Inventory blog is brought to you by the geniuses behind Count, Reallocate, Buy, which saves hospitals money at every step of your inventory's lifecycle.
Find out how to solve healthcare's $5 Billion inventory waste problem today. Then get back to the ridiculous gifs we found this week. 

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How Healthcare Providers Set Themselves Up To Fail

4/27/2022

So you tried to improve your healthcare supply chain. How did that go?

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Topics: inventory valuation, supply chain management, innovation, disruption, communication, healthcare inventory, lowering healthcare costs, healthcare data, hospital logistics, healthcare supply chain, inventory optimization, collaboration, medical supply procurement, loss and expiration avoidance, risk analysis, predictive analytics

Has Anything Crazy Happened In Healthcare's Supply Chain This Week? | Five To Save

4/19/2022

We've spent the last month focusing on the big-picture issues, but the news waits for no man (or cat... or pig). 

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Topics: selling medical inventory, supply chain management, five to save, disruption, healthcare inventory, government, buying medical supplies, failure, hospital supply chain, coronavirus, ppe, covid-19, sourcing, medical supply chain tracking software, manufacturing, gloves, warehouse management

Suppliers On Life Support: How To Rebalance Healthcare's Supply Chain, Part 3

4/12/2022

The pandemic impacted you as a healthcare provider almost as much as the communities where you’re providing care.

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Topics: selling medical inventory, selling medical supplies, reallocation, supply chain management, savings, digital supply management, excess inventory, healthcare inventory, buying medical inventory, buying medical supplies, inventory optimization, secondary market, ongoing optimization, loss and expiration avoidance, healthcare industry salaries, supply chain industry salaries, schrödinger's cat, rebalancing inventory, resellers, ecommerce

More Than Assets and Liabilities: How To Rebalance Healthcare's Supply Chain, Part 2

4/5/2022

What if you looked into a box, expecting to find a housecat, but you find a bobcat? It sounds insane, but we promise that somehow helps explain healthcare inventory optimization.

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Topics: reallocation, Z5 Reallocate, supply chain management, healthcare inventory, ppe, hospital logistics, contracting, medical supply chain tracking software, medical supply chain jobs, materials management, inventory optimization, jobs, ongoing optimization, schrödinger's cat, rebalancing inventory, catheters

Schrödinger's Catheter: How To Rebalance Healthcare's Supply Chain, Part 1

3/29/2022

You don’t actually know what’s on your shelf until you take a look at it.

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Topics: selling medical inventory, supply chain management, disruption, healthcare inventory, buying medical supplies, hospital supply chain, ppe, hospital logistics, perpetual, medical supply procurement, consignment, schrödinger's cat, quantum mechanics, rebalancing inventory, warehouse management, periodic inventory, par inventory

The Key To Effective CFO-Supply Chain Collaboration | Five To Save

3/22/2022

Consider something that might seem counterintuitive: it can actually be respectful to withhold certain data from others in your healthcare organization.

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Topics: selling medical inventory, supply chain management, five to save, excess inventory, healthcare inventory, top 5 list, buying medical supplies, inventory optimization, collaboration, loss and expiration avoidance, risk analysis, risk assessment, hospital departments, interdepartmental, financial risk, business advice

Sustainable Healthcare Starts In The Supply Chain | Five To Save

3/15/2022

It's the time of year when everybody is seeing green, so let's take a look at some recent news about how sustainable and efficient healthcare providers are (or aren't).

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Topics: selling medical inventory, reallocation, supply chain management, five to save, excess inventory, disruption, healthcare inventory, waste reduction, top 5 list, donating medical supplies, healthcare logistics, buying medical supplies, awards, coronavirus, covid-19, materials management, sustainability, medical supply procurement, loss and expiration avoidance, climate change, resilience, green initiatives

Words VS Actions: How To Make Promoting Women in Healthcare's Supply Chain a Priority

3/8/2022

The day this blog is published is International Women's Day. It's actually okay if you didn't know that. It's not okay if you do nothing now that you do know.

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Topics: womens health, holidays, savings, improvements, survey data, employment, medical supply chain jobs, inventory management, diversity, healthcare workers, medical supply procurement, loss and expiration avoidance, healthcare industry salaries, dei, supply chain industry salaries, representation, employee retention

Healthcare Worker Job Satisfaction: Perception VS Reality | Five to Save

3/1/2022

A certain story is being sold about healthcare workers - and even among them - relating to the state of the industry and the career prospects it provides. But just because it's widespread, does that mean it's true?

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Topics: selling medical inventory, reallocation, supply chain management, inventory management software, five to save, disruption, survey data, hiring, employment, natural disasters, buying medical supplies, covid-19, hospital logistics, healthcare supply chain, inventory optimization, healthcare workers, loss and expiration avoidance, medical and surgical supplies

Whiplash In Policy And Procurement Wears Healthcare Pros Out | Five To Save

2/22/2022

The news changing constantly isn't anything - if you'll pardon the phrase - new. But that's a big part of what's contributed to healthcare worker burnout in the last couple of years. How do we fight that?

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Topics: selling medical inventory, supply chain management, five to save, disruption, healthcare inventory, drug shortages, government, buying medical supplies, coronavirus, covid-19, pandemic, hospital logistics, medical supply chain tracking software, medical supply chain jobs, masks, medical supply procurement, loss and expiration avoidance, pharmacy inventory

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