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Cardinal Health Wins HDMA’s Distribution Management Award for Innovative Pharmacy Restocking Solutions

March 10, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cardinal Health was named the winner of HDMA’s 2015 Distribution Management Award for EZ Cart and EZ Tote, two solutions that streamline the restocking process for their pharmacy customers. The award was presented at the 2015 Distribution Management Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., and selected by distributor and manufacturer members of the Association’s Industry Relations Council.

“We know that mail-order pharmacies want to be more efficient when verifying product receipts against the manifest and restocking shelves, and our EZ Cart and EZ Tote solutions deliver on that need,” said William J. Taylor, Marketing Manager, Cardinal Health.  “We’re honored to receive this HDMA award because it recognizes the impact these innovative solutions have on our customers. By streamlining receiving and replenishing processes, these solutions save our customers time and money, while freeing up their time so they can focus on filling prescriptions and counseling patients.” 

The EZ Cart system was devised to help large, mail-order pharmacies improve efficiency and reduce costs. The system structures inbound orders by location within the pharmacy. Cardinal Health picks, packs and ships totes by purchase order number. Knowing that totes must be moved from the receiving dock to the warehouse location, Cardinal Health designed totes to fit into a preconfigured cart, significantly reducing the time it takes for customers to restock products on their shelves. On average, EZ Cart led to a four-step reduction in the receiving and replenishing process for mail-order pharmacies.

Following the success of EZ Cart, the EZ Tote system was created for smaller pharmacies and involves inbound orders being picked at the distribution center and sorted within the tote, using compartmentalized dividers. Products are neatly organized by NDC when received at the pharmacy, and organized by name to match against the shipping manifest, resulting in an efficient receiving and replenishment process. According to Cardinal Health, by using EZ Tote, a pharmacy that receives 50 totes per day on average will have a time-savings reduction of 45 minutes.

“HDMA members are constantly reevaluating their processes and operations to benefit the ultimate customer ― the patient,” said Perry Fri, Executive Vice President of Industry Relations, Membership and Education. “We are pleased to honor Cardinal Health for demonstrating an overwhelming commitment to boosting the efficiency of the supply chain with their innovative restocking solution.”

In addition to Cardinal Health, two supply chain partnerships were named Merit Finalists:

  • AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Walgreens and Alliance Boots, for their long-term strategic partnership; and,
  • H. D. Smith and Legisym, for their mobile-enabled Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS). 

Further information about the Distribution Management Award can be found on the HDMA website.


HDA is the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers. Each business day, HDA member companies ensure that over 15 million prescription medicines and healthcare products are delivered safely and efficiently to more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. HDA and its members work daily to provide value and achieve cost savings, an estimated $42 billion each year to our nation’s healthcare system.


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