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Inventory management with the help of technology


Ms Chen proceeds to explain inventory management, specifying the different considerations to take note of from inbound to outbound.

Key points

The ideal inventory model is the optimal stock movement pattern. Inventory levels are as low as possible, consumption patterns are consistent, and suppliers always deliver on time. However, this model is rarely reached in practice.

To reducing holding costs, one can control service level and safety stock.

It is crucial to balancing cost and demand in any pharmacy. Efficient inventory control should simplify the workflow process, and provide direct, real-time records of inventory.


Computerized inventory system combined with the bar code reading system identifies pharmaceuticals. The systems are applied to both inbound and outbound processes. They are useful for checking inbound drugs, allocating stock. Though an auto mode is available, there are still tasks that require surveillance by a skilled knowledgeable staff.

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