Streamlining the supply chain in the pharmaceuticals industry

Michel G. Lurquin (SmithKline Beecham, Brentford, Middlesex, UK)

Logistics Information Management

ISSN: 0957-6053

Publication date: 1 December 1996


The pharmaceutical industry is now facing major challenges that have led to the restructure and redesign of strategic processes. The supply chain is one of these strategic processes. In their attempt to build a world class supply chain, companies are facing a number of obstacles that need to be addressed in order to “debottleneck” it. Investigates ways of streamlining the supply chain by finding and eliminating bottlenecks along the various processes. Introduces original proposals to turn this process to major competitive advantage in terms of cost of goods, service, quality and capital utilization.



Lurquin, M. (1996), "Streamlining the supply chain in the pharmaceuticals industry", Logistics Information Management, Vol. 9 No. 6, pp. 6-10.

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