Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers.
In essence, supply chain management integrates supply and demand management within and across companies. It is an integrating function with primary responsibility for linking business functions and business processes into a cohesive and high-performing business model.
KEMSA’s transformation has been supported by several partners including United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), among others.
The transformation has helped KEMSA to reform its commodity management by paying for the commodities to correct adequacy and unpredictability of financing. This empowered KEMSA to recapitalize, reconfigure its business model, and to devolve funds for procurement of medical commodities to the counties.
The new self- sustainable “supermarket” supply-system model, ensures that supply of medical commodities to public health facilities continues uninterrupted.
KEMSA’s Supply Chain Centre operates 24 hours 7 days a week. The Centre is a massive facility that houses strong warehousing systems whose modern infrastructure enhances fast order processing such as racking, air conditioning, CCTVs, cold-chain storage capabilities, quality assurance laboratories and adequate modern mechanical handling equipment.