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Streamlining the inbound supply chain for the clinical lab industry

White paper from UPS on New techniques for streamlining the inbound supply chain in the clinical lab industryIn the highly competitive clinical laboratory field, a radical re-thinking of the inbound supply chain model can yield dramatic results for both profits and patients.

With the shift toward high-volume, centralised clinical laboratories, the profitability of today’s laboratory hinges on its ability to receive specimens, rapidly route them to the specific department for testing and return the results to the physician as quickly as possible.

SA medical professionals unconvinced by NHI proposal

Gerhard Joubert_of_PPSSouth Africa’s medical professionals remain unconvinced about the implementation of Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, despite the majority believing that some form of universal healthcare coverage is required.

GEA Lyophil quadruples turnover

GEAIt was in November 2010 that GEA Pharma Systems acquired Beijing Sino-German Tianhe Technology in Beijing to create GEA Lyophil (Beijing) Ltd. Since then, the company has quadrupled turnover and enhanced its customer service by blending German quality and Chinese economy to provide a unique combined offering to its pharmaceutical clients.

Continued growth for Imbalie Beauty

Imbalie Beauty_posts_positive_results_for2012JSE-listed Imbalie Beauty (formerly Skinwell Holdings Limited) has posted positive reviewed results for the interim period ended 31 August 2012. The group has retained its stronghold as the largest beauty franchise group in South Africa, with a comprehensive beauty offering of nail, hair and skincare through its bouquet of established brands. This is clearly demonstrated by the 63 per cent increase in system-wide sales revenue for the interim period, taking the system-wide sales to R99.1 million. Group revenue rose by 14.1 per cent to R34.9 million which reflects an increase of R4.3 million on the group’s 2011 results during the same period. Specific care has been taken over the last six months to define a clear strategy differentiating their main salon brands including, Placecol Skin Care Clinics, Dream Nails Beauty Salons and Perfect 10 Nails & Body Studios from one another. This long-term vision, coupled with outstanding growth over the interim period again highlights Imbalie Beauty’s definite long-term investment potential.

Meet Covidien






Since separating from Tyco International in 2007, Covidien has continued to expand the breadth of product offerings. Covidien’s global business units have varied histories and its 43 000 employees are distributed across more than 140 countries.

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