Andrew Stevens, A senior director analyst in the Gartner Supply Chain Technology Group, notes that as vaccine distribution takes center stage, supply chain leaders need streamlined, yet resilient, service centered on patient healthcare.Ten questions help focus strategic decision making.Mass inoculation against COVID-19 has begun in Britain, and large-scale and urgent vaccine distribution is now an imperative across the globe. Supply chain leaders will have to drive many of the critical protocols and best practices related to resourcing and distribution.
Final-mile requirements will especially test agility and resilience, as will the vast spectrum of novel risks that may emerge.In short, supply chain leaders must develop streamlined, yet resilient, service centered on patient healthcare. But to achieve that, they will have to contend with vast amounts of data, insights and advisories, and deploy processes and technology solutions that can balance agility with speed and efficiency in ensuring final-mile fulfillment.Stevens maintains that final-mile requirements (also known as last-mile) will especially test agility and resilience, as will the vast spectrum of novel risks that may emerge, especially at a country level. These potentially include suboptimal logistics and transportation infrastructure, data communications network capabilities, security, local regulatory and trade management demands, and even local weather and temperature forecasts.