In early March 2020, as Australia was becoming more aware of the impacts of COVID-19 within our local communities, commercial organisations and governments were scrambling to analyse and secure supply chains of medical PPE and other vital equipment required by our frontline health workers and hospitals alike.
Vaxa’s compact, nimble team of data analysts, software developers, procurement, supply chain and logistics personnel were engaged by the company contracted to restock the National Medical Stockpile.
The mission was clear – to secure supply chains and facilitate the procurement and safe passage of vital medical PPE offshore to Australia in a very short timeframe.
On receiving an initial briefing, including on overview of the extent of existing systems, tools and processes, we developed a robust plan which included the need to implement software to manage the entire process to ensure goods were delivered in full and on time.
We undertook tasks including modelling, logistics management, contract negotiations, data analysis and management reporting, supplier vetting, supplier management, facilitation of quality control mechanisms and communications with the Commonwealth Government.
Underpinning the overall success of the program, Vaxa’s Data and Software Partner, Curtis West, rapidly evaluated and strategised the software and data required to support project outcomes.
We built a bespoke ERP system to manage and report on logistics and business intelligence to enhance data capture capability which enabled the executive team to make accurate and informed decisions. The system was analysed, developed, tested and deployed in less than two days to meet ambitious targets set by the Government and was a vital component in managing the successful program.
The system managed the collection and stewardship of data and, via integration, fed live reporting through to the preferred reporting suite.
The program enabled management of critical components including manufacturing timelines, essential compliance certifications and quality programs, freight management components to allow for efficient load mastering, air charters, contract management, and delivery of goods into the National Medical Stockpile across hundreds of stock movements by ground, sea and air from dozens of suppliers.
It also served a historical record, demonstrating value-for-money delivered for the National Medical Stockpile.
Working in conjunction with the various actors in the program, we delivered all items in full and on time, providing the Commonwealth confidence in the systems to procure further items through this supply chain.
On reflection, the program highlighted several vulnerabilities Australia faces when answering the “national security” question.
As a nation we have not been manufacturers for some time, relying on importation (not just for Medical PPE but fuel etc).
In building resilience, how do we guarantee securing markets and supply lines? How do we build a degree of independence rather than reliance while maintaining commercial viability? How do we address national security shortfalls?
In an insecure region, commercial organisations and governments need to enhance current supply chain and logistics plans to create some form of self-sufficiency and satisfy our regional security partners with surety.
Vaxa’s security-cleared personnel can assist your commercial or government organisation develop strategies or executing tasks to complement your various lines of effort in securing supply chains, capturing and analysing data and providing advice on national security matters.