SCI Group and 3SO Announce Outsourcing Partnership to Deliver Regionalized Supply Chain Services

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - SCI Group Inc. announced today a new strategic
partnership with Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario (3SO) to operate
the logistics portion of its regional supply chain initiative that serves six
member hospital organizations from Trenton to Brockville, Ontario.
    The logistics services solution, operated by SCI Logistics Ltd., a wholly
owned subsidiary of SCI Group Inc., was created to support 3SO's mission of
reducing total supply chain costs while providing superior service levels that
enable hospitals to direct savings into patient care. A key feature of the
solution is a central distribution centre located in Kingston that will
provide fast and flexible service to each member hospital.
    "Having a distribution facility centralized in our region provides us
with the responsiveness and agility required to allay the concerns of our
member hospitals regarding the transition to this new service arrangement,"
said Lyndon Smith, general manager of 3SO. "Another key factor in our decision
to use SCI Logistics Ltd is their experience using technology and advanced
supply chain practices to transform processes and provide visibility
throughout the supply chain. The fact that both of us are on the same
technology platform will enable us to achieve additional efficiencies during
    SCI's services to 3SO represent a slight departure from other models in
the third party logistics market. 3SO will manage the procurement of the
surgical and medical products and SCI will take ownership of the majority of
the inventory and manage all fulfillment activities to each of the member
hospitals. This gives 3SO flexibility regarding the range of products they
wish to order and full visibility on their component costs while, at the same
time, leveraging the consolidated demand from the hospitals and obtaining
better prices for their products. SCI's solution will help 3SO decrease
overall supply chain operating costs to free up resources to be used for
direct patient care.
    "3SO's focus on finding new and innovative ways to manage its supply
chain is a direct match to how SCI Logistics Ltd. and other members of SCI
Group operate," states Louise Villeneuve, vp of business development and
marketing at SCI Group. "We always look for new ways of integrating
technology, people and processes into best-in-class solutions for our clients
and I think this approach was recognized and valued by the 3SO team."

    About SCI Group

    SCI Group, a member of the Canada Post Group of Companies, is a leading
provider of high value-add supply chain solutions to the Canadian marketplace.
Through its operating entities SCI Logistics, Progistix, and First Team
Transport, the SCI Group offers business-to-consumer, business-to-business and
field service logistics solutions to organizations in the health care, retail,
utilities, high-tech and manufacturing sectors.

    About 3SO

    Formally launched on Sept. 25, 2008, 3SO is a not-for-profit, non-share
capital corporation formed voluntarily by Brockville General Hospital,
Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Perth Smiths Falls District
Hospital, Providence Care and Quinte Health Care.
    3SO's mission is to reduce total supply chain costs, for southeastern
Ontario healthcare, through innovative, leading practices and systems that
enable customers to direct savings into patient care.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Yetman, Director - Marketing, SCI Group
Inc., O: (416) 401-3011 x3033, M: (647) 289-3362,,; David Lacourt, Director Strategic Sourcing and Procurement,
3SO (Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario), O: (613) 650-2914,,

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