30 April 2008 | Paul Snell
AstraZeneca is to launch a new approach to packaging spend with the aim of saving "millions" of pounds.
The focus of the four-month programme will be the group's spend on packaging in the US and Europe. The project will focus on more global buying, increased innovation, a quicker procurement process and the "consolidation" of suppliers.
"This process is all about AstraZeneca making sure it has the right suppliers to support our cost, quality, supply chain and innovation targets," said Dominic Franey, global category leader for packaging at the firm, who is leading the project and hopes it will save millions.
He adds the process is part of a wider change responding to challenges in the pharmaceutical sector, with the industry keen to ensure it has the right supply base.
"We have more suppliers than I need," he told supplymanagement.com. "There will be some consolidation." He added this would also be an opportunity for some suppliers to form closer relationships with the company.
The pharmaceutical firm appointed former Barclays procurement chief Jon Kirby as its global CPO, who took up his role at the end of January this year (News, 1 November 2007).