Value Creation in the Medical Device Supply Chain: Strategies and Case Studies

Medical Device, Medical Device Manufacturing & Supply Chain,
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This webinar will review practical strategies, solutions and examples for keeping medical device supply chains responsive, aligned and optimized for today’s changing landscape. The presenters will use case studies of medical device companies to review supply chain solutions for improved visibility, agility, cost effectiveness and scalability.

Supply chain leaders in medical device companies are critically assessing their capabilities in order to develop and execute the strategies that position them for success with increasingly complex customer requirements, strategic product portfolio changes, intense margin pressure, leveraging supply chain synergies across business units, expansion into new markets and channels, and “getting closer to the customer.”

Topics include:

  • Scaling the customer experience in a multi-channel environment
  • 4PL approach to inventory visibility and management
  • Supply Chain planning and integration of mergers and acquisitions
  • Leveraging supply chain data for cost-to-serve insights

This webinar will help you gain insights to:

  • Develop and implement strategies for aligning your supply chain with critical business goals
  • Apply best-in-class medical device supply chain solutions to your company
  • Achieve conflicting goals of improved service and reduced inventory, and efficiency and flexibility
  • Utilize outsourcing without compromising intellectual property or physician relationships


Dave Bode, Vice President, Health Care Solutions, DSC Logistics

Dave Bode is Vice President, Health Care Solutions, DSC Logistics. Dave joined DSC Logistics in 2010 with responsibility for the vision, strategy and development of the company’s health care business. He is a Board Member of DSC’s Health Care Strategy Board and PDSA, a coalition of supply chain stakeholders in the Pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Dave has held sales, marketing and operational leadership roles in health care for 22 years. Prior to DSC, Dave was VP, General Manager for Cardinal Health where he led a freight management business that helped Cardinal’s customers reduce parcel shipping costs on medical devices. Before Cardinal Health, Dave led strategy-to-execution consulting engagements for companies including GE Medical, Tyco Healthcare and Align Technology. He has also held leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield, IBM/Metaphor and Control Data.

Dave is a certified Lean Six Sigma Sponsor, and holds a BS Degree in Business from Indiana University.

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Jeff Willis, Group General Manager - Health Care, DSC Logistics

Jeff Willis is Group General Manager, DSC Logistics, with overall responsibility for four operations in Southern California and the Dallas area. He also has an operational leadership role in DSC’s health care initiatives.

Jeff joined DSC in 2006 in Roanoke, TX. He assisted in the start-up of the Kimberly-Clark Medical Device operation and led the implementation of DSC’s Lean initiatives. Promoted to General Manager of the Roanoke operation with additional responsibilities in DSC’s health care growth initiative, he was instrumental in the development of DSC’s Quality Assurance Plan, since adopted by all DSC HC facilities. Jeff led the start-up of the Georgia-Pacific Roanoke business, the transition of the K-C Professional Arlington business to Romeoville, IL, and the Abbott Nutrition business in Atlanta. Prior to DSC, Jeff held various operations management roles at DHL Solutions.

Jeff served full time in the U.S. Navy, commissioned a Naval Officer. He holds a BS degree from Excelsior College.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar is intended for medical device executives responsible for the Supply Chain.

Individuals involved in developing strategies and applying innovation for value creation across the supply chain will benefit most from this session, including:

  • Chief Supply Chain and Chief Operations Officers
  • Senior Vice Presidents, and Vice Presidents of Supply Chain
  • Directors of Distribution, Logistics, or Network Operations

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DSC Logistics

DSC Logistics is one of the nation’s leading supply chain management companies with strength at both the operational and strategic levels. The DSC nationwide network includes more than 48 Logistics Centers and a Transportation Management Center located at the corporate campus in Des Plaines, Illinois. DSC provides integrated supply chain solutions to help customers achieve their business goals, applying leadership, intellectual capital and collaboration to meet changing needs. Among DSC’s customers are internationally known companies in the FDA-regulated industries of health care, food, and tobacco. DSC is one of the top five women-owned businesses in the Chicago area and among the 15 largest third-party logistics firms in the US.

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