Vendor managed inventory in the blood supply chain in Germany

Sebastian H.W. Stanger (Friedrich‐Alexander University Erlangen‐Nuremberg, Erlangen and Nuremberg, Germany)

Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1753-8297

Publication date: 15 February 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a generic framework for the assessment of VMI implementation. The framework is used for the analysis of multiple case studies in German hospitals to discuss the feasibility of VMI in the German blood supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology is twofold. In a first step, the literature is reviewed and a generic theoretical VMI framework is developed. In a second step, the case study methodology is applied to 13 cases to assess the feasibility of VMI in the German blood supply chain.

Findings

The paper contributes a generic framework for assessing the implementation of VMI in seven steps. The research proposed that hospitals hesitate to enter a VMI relationship for critical resources such as blood. Hospitals fear losing control over critical resources.

Research limitations/implications

The unit of analysis is hospitals in Germany and the case studies do not target the suppliers in the supply chain. The paper contributes three propositions regarding VMI in the healthcare/blood supply chain.

Practical implications

A generic framework for assessing the applicability and feasibility of VMI is provided which supports managers with the implementation of VMI in a supply chain.

Originality/value

The paper is one of the first papers targeting inventory and supply chain management in the German blood supply chain. It provides a generic framework for the assessment of the feasibility of VMI.

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Citation

Stanger, S. (2013), "Vendor managed inventory in the blood supply chain in Germany", Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 25-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538291311316054

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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