Pharmacy hires board-level supply chain director

6 January 2012

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6 January 2012 | Adam Leach

High street chemist Lloydspharmacy has appointed a new director to head up its supply chain operations, business efficiency and IT services.

Phil Streatfield, who joined the company late in 2011, will oversee the end-to-end supply chain, the business efficiency improvement programme and managing IT, particularly overseeing the implementation of SAP business analytics software. And in a sign of the importance the company places on the role, Streatfield is to sit on the board of directors.

The position draws on Streatfield’s experience in both chemistry and supply chain operations. Trained as an analytical chemist, he went onto work in a number of roles in the pharmaceutical industry before moving into to supply chain and IT posts at Woolworths and Entertainment UK. Before taking the role at Lloydspharmacy, he was European supply chain and IT director at office products company Spicers Europe.

Streatfield said: “It’s fantastic to have a role that brings together my experience in the pharmaceutical industry with my retail supply chain knowledge.” In a sign that he will look to maximise the benefits of the firm’s buying power, he said: “The challenge is to bring together our 1,640 stores to generate some national leverage.”

Tony Page, managing director of Lloydspharmacy, said: “His role is critical as we look at how we can drive efficiency through the business from manufacturer to patient. The better we can do this, the better we can serve our customers, giving them the service and time that they value.”

In a report published in November, 400 pharmacists at the company highlighted an industry-wide problem they were encountering in sourcing specialist drugs to treat conditions such as depression, diabetes and respiratory disease. In response to the report, Labour MP Kevin Barron, chairman of the All-Party Pharmacy Group, said: “The best interests of the patients are being put at risk if medicines are not available when they are needed and pharmacists are spending inordinate amounts of time trying to source medicines that are in short supply.”

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