National Veteran Small Business Coalition Members wrote the following description of the value small distributors bring the Department of Veteran Affairs supply chain.
The goal of a robust “supply chain” should be to manage the life cycle of product acquisition and logistics from requirements development thru to actual care giver or patient product usage. In laymen’s terms delivering the right product at the right time, to the right location, at the right cost. As no one entity, government or business can do this by themselves, multiple layers or players are required. Also, a high-quality supply chain cannot be measured by cost alone. This is especially true in the federal government marketplace as the myriad collection of rules, regulations and policies do not always lend themselves to an efficient, robust supply chain. Many manufacturers whose business is concentrated in the commercial sector of our economy frankly are reluctant to play in the feder