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Waste Not, Want Not: Sustainability in the Supply Chain Pays Off

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Ariella
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reducing waste
Ariella   11/11/2014 11:44:22 AM
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I'm all for reducing waste and improving efficiency. However, it struck me that in some industries -- like healthcare -- that is not likely to happen. Having spent way more time than I would have liked in a hospital recently (I wasn't the patient), I noticed that there is a huge amount of waste, often because they feel it is safer to throw things out than possibly pass on something undesirable to another person. There also is still a tremendous amount of paper generated. Even with electornic recods and access, patients and various departments still are given pages and pages of paper. 

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Amazon is the best!
_hm   11/11/2014 7:35:39 PM
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I loved what Amazon has done. Some of shipment are so safe and good that it does not waste much at all. Just open simple box and product is in your hand, very little packaging like good old day.

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Jacob   11/12/2014 12:04:00 AM
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"I loved what Amazon has done. Some of shipment are so safe and good that it does not waste much at all. Just open simple box and product is in your hand, very little packaging like good old day."

Hm, but may not be safe always. If package was not good during transit can be get damage. For books and other things it's ok

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/13/2014 11:26:01 PM
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@Ariella, it's funny you should mention it but i had a similar experience. I think that it even goes more true as you go to other spots in the world. I wish electronics record keeping would catch on for both sustainablity and just plain correctness of informaiton and ease of doing what needs to be done.

Ariella
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Ariella   11/14/2014 7:05:06 AM
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@Hailey We even had to either get disk or actual copies of X-Rays to pass on to doctors b/c the system wasn't always working for them to log on to see the images on a computer. So we still have a long way to go to get this thing working the way one may have expected it to work.

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anandvy   11/18/2014 11:18:05 AM
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"I loved what Amazon has done. Some of shipment are so safe and good that it does not waste much at all. Just open simple box and product is in your hand, very little packaging like good old day."

"Hm, but may not be safe always. If package was not good during transit can be get damage. For books and other things it's ok."


Packaging can be expertly customized. Earlier they used to send electronics under a two way bubble wrap but nowadays they send it in a connected bubble wrap (which cannot be burst). This shows how packaging has changed. It has been made cheap too.

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anandvy   11/18/2014 11:34:45 AM
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"I'm all for reducing waste and improving efficiency. However, it struck me that in some industries -- like healthcare -- that is not likely to happen. Having spent way more time than I would have liked in a hospital recently (I wasn't the patient), I noticed that there is a huge amount of waste, often because they feel it is safer to throw things out than possibly pass on something undesirable to another person. There also is still a tremendous amount of paper generated. Even with electornic recods and access, patients and various departments still are given pages and pages of paper. "

Even I realized that, even with IOT and cloud integration in hospitals, the paper waste don't seem to go away. This has to be done with. People need to trust electronic gadgets because other than that we can't see such wastes disappearing.

Ariella
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Ariella   11/18/2014 11:40:50 AM
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@anadvy Everything is also kept on paper. Not only that, but patients are still given booklets, folders, and print outs for discharge instructions. But to really get a sense of the mountains of paper, you should see the inside of my doctor's office. He has whole rooms devoted to storage of patient files. That doesn't even include the files of deceased patients that he also has to hold on to for some time. 

Jacob
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Jacob   11/18/2014 11:01:53 PM
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"Packaging can be expertly customized. Earlier they used to send electronics under a two way bubble wrap but nowadays they send it in a connected bubble wrap (which cannot be burst). This shows how packaging has changed. It has been made cheap too."

Anandvy, last week I had received an electronic item, which delivered through courier. Inside the packet, instead of thermocol protection thy have used airtight plastic bags. It has the advantage of packing at any dimension and shape. I mean there is no requirement of a pre defined shape, by dynamically it can be bend/adjust to the shape of the device.



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