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Supply Chain Innovation Critical in Ebola Response

Walk through the recently built UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, and you will pass a room where office cubicles have been replaced with rolling tables, white boards, colorful couches, and a mix of gadgets and gizmos. This is the home of the organization’s Innovation Unit.

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Walk through the recently built UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, and you will pass a room where office cubicles have been replaced with rolling tables, white boards, colorful couches, and a mix of gadgets and gizmos. This is the home of the organization’s Innovation Unit.

The fact that the unit is embedded in the supply chain function underlines the emphasis that UNICEF puts on developing innovative processes and grounding new product ideas with operational realities; a culture normally associated with leading companies.

This culture is central to the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. UNICEF is developing new ways to deliver the large volumes of supplies it ships, and is providing a critical conduit to support Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and Community Care Centers (CCCs). By October 8, 2014, more than 900 metric tons of supplies were delivered to the region in support of partners, through a total of 73 flights, according to UNICEF.

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Walk through the recently built UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, and you will pass a room where office cubicles have been replaced with rolling tables, white boards, colorful couches, and a mix of gadgets and gizmos. This is the home of the organization’s Innovation Unit.

The fact that the unit is embedded in the supply chain function underlines the emphasis that UNICEF puts on developing innovative processes and grounding new product ideas with operational realities; a culture normally associated with leading companies.

This culture is central to the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. UNICEF is developing new ways to deliver the large volumes of supplies it ships, and is providing a critical conduit to support Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and Community Care Centers (CCCs). By October 8, 2014, more than 900 metric tons of supplies were delivered to the region in support of partners, through a total of 73 flights, according to UNICEF.

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