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OCP’s PCS platform optimizes its activity flows thanks to Eurodecision’s Scop Capacity Planning tool.


The pharmaceutical distributor OCP has implemented Eurodecision’s Scop Capacity Planning decision support tool to smooth out the activity of its logistics platform, thus improving its service rate to pharmacies.

AdvertisingThe pharmaceutical wholesaler and distributor OCP (McKesson group) liaises between pharmaceutical laboratories and pharmacists, centralizing orders for the latter and delivering drugs daily to 16,000 pharmacies. In order to smooth the activity of its central logistics platform, the company has deployed a Eurodecision decision support solution.

To carry out its missions, OCP relies on 39 pharmaceutical establishments spread over French territory, as well as on a logistics platform for the centralization and synchronization of stocks (PCS), created in 2016 to improve the availability of medicines in pharmacies. and sets up La Baule (45). This platform sends nearly 1,000 pallets of medicines every day, representing 35,000 references from 600 laboratories, to 39 regional establishments. Shipments take place twice a day, six days a week. However, PCS must manage strong variations in its activity flows, linked to the number of orders, a very short planning grid and a large market. The number of units shipped can thus increase from 1.4 to 2 million from one day to the next. The teams are not sized to absorb such peaks and the use of interim is not an option for our sensitive sector , explains Pierre-Andr Lamongie, supply chain director of OCP.

A tool integrating OCP constraints

OCP therefore had to find a way to smooth out its activity by limiting the variability of its flows, a need that was not covered by its SAP ERP system. The company then contacted Eurodecision, a publisher specializing in optimization tools based on decision-making mathematics. We asked them to develop a decision-making tool for us, taking into account various constraints such as emergencies, our preparation capacities, those of our pharmaceutical establishments or the availability of carriers,” says Pierre-Andr Lamongie. Eurodecision relied on its Scop Capacity Planning module to meet the need. After a Proof of Concept phase and initial deployment in six pilot establishments, the solution was rolled out to the entire network in less than three months.

The tool is directly integrated into the Excel file which contains all the order lines of the day. As soon as the number of orders exceeds the preparation capacities of PCS, those of pharmaceutical establishments or the number of trucks available, the tool detects this and suggests cuts to be made according to parameters defined by OCP. The operators then reintegrate the new list into the warehouse management system, and preparation can begin by taking into account the constraints of PCS and those of the warehouses. Thanks to these cut suggestions, our teams save time and can concentrate on other tasks,” Pierre-Andr Lamongie appreciates. OCP has also seen its rate of service with pharmaceutical establishments increase. Finally, the tool also allows the company to better anticipate its truck needs, fill them better and consequently reduce its carbon footprint, as the supply chain director points out.

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