5 Reasons Your Pharmacy Needs a Document Management Solution

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Apr, 16, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Not once in our many years of business has the Shelving Design Systems team met a pharmacist who wished they had more paperwork to deal with. If the reams of records, documents, receipts, invoices, and other files a pharmacy needs to handle and retain threaten to swamp you in paper, it’s time to find an alternative. Namely, it’s time to explore an electronic document management solution.

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Topics: pharmacy workflow, pharmacy management, Retail Pharmacy

3 Most Common Supply Chain Issues Faced by Pharmacies Today

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Feb, 26, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Four simple characters can evoke a sense of dread. In this case, they are H1N1, the same strain of the flu that is estimated to have killed as much as five percent of the world’s population between 1918 and 1920. With that strain resurgent in 2019, many are warily eyeing their pharmacy supply chains and hoping they hold up if the worst should happen. In the interest of resiliency, which supply chain issues are most urgent today? At Shelving Design Systems, we’re applying lessons learned in the past to pharmacy design for a better future.


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Topics: pharmacy, pharmacies, pharmacy management, inventory

Mapping Your Pharmacy Workflow Process

Posted by Robert Walthall on Fri, Nov, 23, 2018 @ 08:33 AM

Anyone who owns or runs a business likely realizes there are always ways in which they can do better. However, it’s difficult to identify areas of opportunity by mere intuition, and the difficulty becomes more pronounced the more complex the operation. With so many critical steps in your pharmacy workflow, it’s absolutely vital to understand each step in your workflow so you’re making the right improvements in the right order. This guide from Shelving Design Systems can get you off on the right foot.

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Topics: pharmacy workflow, pharmacy management

Analytics and Pharmacy Design: Metrics to Track

Posted by Robert Walthall on Wed, Nov, 21, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

Data touches every area of our lives. Some of the biggest companies in the world got that way only in part because of their products or services. The secret to their growth has been in combining granular analytics to supply chains, logistics, inventory management, and customer experience. As the owner or manager of a pharmacy, you may not be looking to grow the next Amazon or Walmart, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two about pharmacy analytics to maintain your competitive edge. Like our clients, Shelving Design Systems has had to evolve with the times. Here’s some of what we’ve learned about the intersection of analytics and pharmacy shelving design.

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Topics: pharmacy management, pharmacy trends

4 Mistakes That Destroy Efficient Pharmacy Workflow

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, May, 19, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Staying competitive as an independent pharmacy in today's business climate means staying sharp when it comes to everyday operation of your business. A key element of that is optimal efficiency in your pharmacy workflow process. However, it isn't always easy to spot mistakes and inefficiencies in that process when you're right in the thick of it every day. To help you recognize potential problems with how work gets done in your pharmacy, here are 4 common mistakes that can damage efficient pharmacy workflow.

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Topics: pharmacy management

5 Reasons Putting Off A Pharmacy Facelift Destroys Profits

Posted by Robert Walthall on Fri, May, 08, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Has it been a while since you upgraded your pharmacy workspace? If so, your pharmacy workflow likely isn't as efficient as it could be, which could damage your bottom line. Every business needs an occasional facelift to stay competitive, and independent pharmacies are no exception to that rule.

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Topics: pharmacy management

Compete With Big Box Pharmacies by Going the Extra Mile

Posted by Robert Walthall on Wed, May, 06, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Competing with the big box pharmacies on every corner may be a challenge for independent pharmacies, but it isn't an insurmountable one. The fact is, despite the competitive advantages provided by all that corporate backing – bigger advertising budgets and lower supply costs, for instance – there are lots of ways that those big box types fall short in comparison to small, community pharmacies. Good pharmacy strategy for your small business means highlighting and capitalizing on those differences.

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Topics: pharmacy management

10 Ways Pharmacy Workflow is Hammering Your Profitability

Posted by Robert Walthall on Mon, May, 04, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

If you're an independent pharmacist who pays attention to the latest buzz on business management, chances are you've heard a bit on the topic of optimizing pharmacy workflow. Perhaps you've looked into the idea a bit, and have even identified a few problems with the way work gets done in your pharmacy, but you aren't really sure that changing them is worth the time, effort and money you'll have to put in to reorganize things. Just how much difference would it really make in terms of your bottom line?

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Topics: pharmacy management

Is Your Pharmacy Strategy Flexible? Why "Agility" is Central to Profitability

Posted by Robert Walthall on Fri, May, 01, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Is your pharmacy strategy flexible? In today's world, it certainly needs to be. Over the past two decades or so, changes have been coming hard and fast to the pharmacy business. The typical independent community pharmacy has evolved from its traditional focus on dispensing medications to a more active role in providing patient care, collaborating with other health care professionals to promote wellness, provide health care information, and assist in disease management and medication compliance, among other tasks.

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Topics: pharmacy management

Electronic Prescribing: What Is It and How Will It Affect Pharmacy Management?

Posted by Robert Walthall on Sat, Mar, 07, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, is simply a way to transmit prescriptions through automatic data entry with software and a transmission network. Ideally, it can greatly reduce prescription errors and streamline the prescribing process.

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Topics: pharmacy management

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