Medical, Lab & IT Equipment Benchmarking & Analytics

Medical, Lab & IT Equipment Benchmarking & Analytics

March 01, 2021

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Overcoming Shipping Delays on Critical Supplies

If you’re like many hospitals across the country, the pressure is still on to make sure the equipment and supplies your staff needs are delivered in a timely manner. Today, the timing of standard freight shipments is not as reliable as it was pre-pandemic. As shipping volumes continue to strain existing resources, and ongoing supply shortages make delivery timing even more critical, you need to find more reliable ways to get your products delivered.

Freight Can Be Unpredictable

Normally freight shipments (packed on pallets) are transferred to several different trucks through multiple shipping hubs before they finally get to you. This means there are more chances for your shipment to get delayed. We saw it happen just this week…

The second of two shipments of surgical gowns from a west coast supplier to a Northeast hospital just got delivered — three weeks after it shipped. This was more than 2 weeks later than a similar shipment from the same supplier.

Here’s a Tip: Book a Dedicated Truck

Shipping critical products on a dedicated truck means that the driver has one job: pick up your critical products and get them delivered to you as soon as safely possible. No depots. No truck changes. No distribution centers. Ensuring your products get a non-stop express ticket straight to your loading dock means you can be confident the critical products that your patients, physicians and staff need are there when needed. It’s a proven successful strategy.

A Dedicated Truck Can Be Surprisingly Affordable

Traditionally, the cost of a dedicated truck would be far greater than standard freight or “LTL” shipping. But today that is not always the case. With COVID-19, some drivers are more interested in direct shipments as a way to minimize the number of stops, loading and unloading. Shop around and you’ll be surprised how affordable it can be.

Plus, there are many other benefits — faster delivery, operational reliability, and peace of mind — that can make booking a dedicated truck a smart decision for your bottom line.

Crunch the numbers on the true cost of not having the products you need and you’ll probably see that there are times when a dedicated truck is good for your bottom line.

Having trouble getting the equipment or supplies you need? We can help. Contact us at client@migasolutions.com or (763) 225-8410.

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Matt Werder

Chief Technology Officer

Hennepin County Medical Center

“Miga’s data is key to helping us be good financial stewards and validates we are using our resources wisely. The market intelligence provided by Miga’s EVMS platform has allowed us to save substantial amounts of money.”

Matt Blashill

Enterprise Director of Supply Chain

Lake Region Healthcare

"There’s a personal touch that sets Miga apart from their competitors. They don’t just offer great insights. They always take the time to provide additional analysis that is meaningful and actionable."

Dan Bazinet

Director of Clinical Engineering

Southcoast Health

“In all my years in health care, I’ve used a lot of benchmarking tools. Most simply repeat information passed along from others; Miga’s information tells me what’s really happening.”

COO

Community Hospital

"Miga's negotiating skills save us time and money. And their unique understanding of the market means we’re always playing from a position of strength."

Supply Chain Director

Regional Healthcare System

“All suppliers claim to have excellent customer service. Miga actually walks the talk and always has our best interest at heart. We love working with them."

"Miga’s ability to match equipment donated by their customers with the needs of our medical projects has been a most valuable and welcomed resource."

Jim Tierney

CEO

Suburban Radiology

“Miga’s data, analysis and expertise – in particular related to the fair market value of clinical equipment – is a critical resource we need to support strategic acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.”

Eric Hoag

Director, Corporate Strategy & Development

Allina Hospitals and Clinics

“Miga’s proprietary data and expertise was critical to our ability to close an acquisition deal quickly and with a high level of confidence in our valuation.”

Bill Barta

Corporate Director, System Imaging

Fairview Health Systems

“Miga’s objective information-based approach and understanding of the needs of hospitals makes them a valuable resource and helps us make the most cost effective spending decisions.”

Scott Bosch

Manager of Clinical Engineering

Park Nicollet Health Services

“The groups responsible for managing technology in our healthcare organization need data and analysis to manage costs and make informed decisions. Miga’s EVMS platform is an important and valuable resource that helps us make the right decisions for both our clinical priorities and budget.”