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Siemens Healthineers Brings Millions of Rapid COVID-19 Tests to Market with RRD’s Supply Chain and Warehousing Solutions

Friday, September 02, 2022

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD), a global leader in marketing, packaging, print, and supply chain solutions, played a vital role in expediting the delivery of rapid COVID-19 antigen self-tests to the U.S. market during a critical time, supporting Siemens Healthineers. With its ISO 13485 accredited facilities and extensive experience in optimizing supply chains for medical device clients, RRD utilized its headquarters in Chicago to swiftly scale operations and meet Siemens Healthineers' time-sensitive project requirements.

In January 2022, during the peak of the COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreak, Siemens Healthineers took proactive measures to make tens of millions of tests available to the U.S. population through collaborative efforts with state, federal, and local partners. To address the increasing demand and accommodate the significant volume of products, Siemens Healthineers sought to expand its warehouse space. Partnering with RRD, the company found a flexible and knowledgeable collaborator capable of rapidly scaling operations to adapt to uncertain demand.

Joerg Berner, Acting Head of Point of Care Diagnostics at Siemens Healthineers, stressed the importance of finding a supplementary supply chain and warehouse solution that would ensure the delivery of high-quality test kits, providing accurate COVID-19 results to the U.S. population. RRD's ability to respond to changing demand and its adaptability played a crucial role in meeting these requirements.

RRD leveraged its expertise in supply chain management and fulfillment to assist Siemens Healthineers in meeting the escalating market demand. RRD's responsibilities included scaling up operations, managing inbound receipt and inspection, warehousing, labeling, fulfillment, and logistics of COVID-19 tests. The collaborative efforts of both teams involved meticulous evaluation of various production factors, close coordination, and effective communication.

John Pecaric, Head of Operations at RRD, acknowledged the challenges posed by the volatile global supply chain and the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases. Bringing these test kits to market efficiently was a race against time. RRD felt privileged to support Siemens Healthineers in their mission to swiftly introduce their COVID-19 tests to the U.S. market. RRD's commitment to quality assurance, regulatory expertise, and IT capabilities aligned with the renowned standards upheld by Siemens Healthineers worldwide.

At-home testing has become an integral component of healthcare for consumers and patients. Since 2005, RRD Supply Chain Solutions has been dedicated to providing tailored solutions for clients in the medical device industry. These clients rely on RRD's extensive scale, comprehensive scope, and regulatory credentials to assist in the configuration, packaging, and shipping of diagnostic devices, tests, and care kits. To learn more about RRD's support capabilities for test kits, please visit rrd.com/test-kit-support. To explore RRD Supply Chain Solutions further, please visit rrd.com/supply-chain.

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