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Sherita Alston

Sherita Alston
Customer Success Manager


Order guide management is a critical aspect of healthcare procurement. As the global supply chain continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we know off-contract purchases have increased. To assist our customers in handling these added complications, we added improved reporting capabilities to the DSSI platform that track this abnormal spend. The Off Order Guide Purchasing Volume Report, located in the DSSI Data Center, provides timely, detailed information about purchasing activity on products outside of preferred, contracted programs.

Report Highlights

The report is simple to understand, and offers significant benefits, including features including:

1. Regular review of off order guide products which are essential to increase awareness of price point, volume, and availability of order items.

This is important because off order guide products, on average, are 12% more expensive than on-order guide products. By reviewing these products regularly, you can identify cost-saving opportunities and ensure that you are making the most cost-effective purchasing decisions.

2. The report provides recent data, which is invaluable when negotiating with or comparing suppliers.

Having up-to-date data on prices, availability and volume can help you negotiate better deals with suppliers. It also helps compare the prices and availability of similar products across different suppliers, giving you the ability to make informed purchasing decisions.

3. Once you begin receiving the report on a regular basis, the information it provides will amplify your market knowledge and help with strategic planning.

Having access to current and accurate market knowledge is crucial to making informed purchasing decisions. By receiving this report on a regular basis, you will be able to stay up-to-date on market trends, pricing changes and new product offerings. This information can help you make better decisions and ultimately save money.

We recommend pulling and reviewing your Off Order Guide Purchasing Report spend quarterly, but you can set it to run and be delivered automatically at your chosen interval or on specific dates.

The Off Order Guide and Contract Management

Contract management is an important aspect of order guide compliance. The Off Order Guide Purchasing Volume Report report provides data you can use to negotiate contracts, compare supplies and ensure you’re purchasing the right items at the right price.  

If you have any questions or need a refresher on the Data Center, please reach out to your Direct Supply DSSI Customer Success Manager today.