ABOUT US

Strategnos was started in 1999 with the belief that business success can be achieved through disciplined execution of strategy supported by industry specific knowledge. The Strategnos name has its origins in the Greek “Strategia” and “Gnosi” meaning Strategy and Knowledge, respectively.

Strategnos is a management consulting company with a core focus on implementing Business and Supply Chain Solutions. We seek to build your business through Integration Strategy and Knowledge, on the premise that no one knows your Strategy or business better than you do. With a strong capability in understanding an organisation’s strategy and its core purpose, we provide the necessary solutions and support.  Strategic execution however cannot be successful in the absence of knowledge. Strategnos prides itself in its ability to acquire the necessary specific knowledge to develop practical solutions and apply these to the issue at hand.

WE ACHIEVE THIS THROUGH

  • Highly effective people
  • Project Management Discipline
  • The ability to understand key issues within the business and work with the client to ultimately  bring about solutions
  • Industry Specific Analytical Tools
  • Industry Specific Experience and Knowledge

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Our client portfolio ranges from medium size, highly entrepreneurial organisations to large, listed corporations. Using sound business practice as a guiding principle our approach to client projects is never restricted by methods and theories.  Business process and empirical data provide the foundation of analysis and information which enable Strategnos to provide guidance and pragmatic solutions to align the client for business success.

OUR STAFF COMPLEMENT

  • Technical Knowledge
  • Analytical Capability
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Project Management
  • Commercial Skills
  • Facilitation Skills

Technical Knowledge
Our team have a strong technical understanding of supply chain and business processes. This serves as the foundation to our ability to provide sound advice to our clients.

Analytical Capability
The Strategnos team has an exceptional ability to think creatively in order to solve both quantitative and qualitative problems.

Interpersonal Skills
No solution can be implemented without the support and buy in of the people that such solutions impact. We therefore place significant emphasis on our team’s ability to engage with our clients beyond the technical and analytical components of an implementation.

Project Management Skills
Strategnos prides itself on being a highly effective team, using a highly disciplined project management approach, ensuring deadlines are met, within the defined budget in order to achieve the the client’s outcomes.

Commercial Skills
Throughout any project, our team is ever conscious of commercial implications of decisions. By thinking broader than the project itself, the Strategnos team will ensure that decisions taken do not have an unexpected negative impact on other aspects of our clients business.

Facilitation Skills
Ensuring an effective strategic meeting or workshop can be a challenge. In some cases, it requires an effective facilitator to ensure that the discussion does not stray from meeting its objective, all parties have an opportunity to be heard and outcomes are documented with specific responsibilities and dates.

OUR COMPANY VALUES

Integrity
I am accountable and treat others with respect

Innovation
Inspiring | Renewing | Dynamic – I create and improve

Commitment
I care | I am disciplined | I am passionate and deliver on time

Professionalism
Competence Reliability | I constantly strive to deliver service excellence

Collaboration
Partnering with colleagues and clients | Building confidence

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STRATEGNOS APPROACH

Solutions are developed on the basis of qualitative assessments of client’s current challenges or requirements.
With practical solutions established, quantitative analysis (evaluation) a disciplined project management approach will drive solutions to implementation.

Strategnos will interact with all levels of the organization in order to gain contextual insights into the unique challenges and culture of our client’s business

Through a pragmatic approach Strategnos will assess the challenges and determine specific solutions aligned to the strategy of the organisation. Both short term easy to implement solutions as well as medium to long term solutions are provided.

Once agreed with the client, a project plan with specific milestones and deliverables is defined and implemented with the organization’s management team

Regular reviews are conducted to ensure the outcome is delivered within deadline and budget

STRATEGNOS SERVICES

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

Strategnos brings with it years of industry experience and knowledge and is thus able to assist clients to achieve their business’ desired outcomes and objectives.

Solutions are developed considering the strategic outcome.These are then implemented and executed through structured project initiatives and underpinned by appropriate change management to ensure all stakeholders are aligned for business success.

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COLD CHAIN AND TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT

Strategnos is an industry leader within the Cold Chain and control of temperature sensitive products  environment with the key focus on the health science industry.

Our objective is to deliver compliance in a cost effective manner to our clients.

This is achieved through consistent innovative thinking, priding ourselves in providing practical solutions.

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COMPLIANCE

Using a highly structured approach the Strategnos team will interpret and implement the requirements of any specified regulation, standard or guideline to meet audit requirements and achieve compliance for the appropriate certification.

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MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

A critical review of a client’s supply chain or business functions as it relates to people, processes and systems in order to identify redundant activities, gaps, deficiencies and opportunities for improvement.

  • The Key Performance Areas are defined and the related Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are quantified to serve as a baseline to measure improvements.
  • Initiatives to remedy and improve issues are identified in the review.
  • Once initiatives have been agreed a clear project plan, with the specific solutions, are defined and executed.
  • A post implementation review is conducted to measure the success of The implementation of the initiatives

Benefits:

  • Cost Reduction opportunities are identified and non value adding activities removed.
  • Improved efficiency and effectiveness
  • Higher customer service levels (internal and external)

Implementation of new initiatives within an organisation often requires significant input and effort from Executives and Managers with limited time. Strategnos has the capacity and capability to assist organisations in such initiatives at various levels:

  • Project Management
  • Change Management
  • Subject Matter Expertise
  • Process Definition and Analytical Support

Benefits:

  • Effective implementation
  • Risk management

A Business Management System provides a platform to record all business processes for reference and training of current and future staff members. This allows for standardized execution of processes for effectiveness and efficiency. The Business Management System provides a central repository of all business structures, job descriptions, processes, procedures, work instructions, forms and records to ensure consistent process execution and customer service.

Benefits:

  • Documentation of current business process
  • Alignment of staff to business processes to achieve the business objectives
  • Improved team synergy
  • Business continuity for improved succession planning

A typical problem in most companies is having too much inventory of what is not required and not enough of the required inventory. Based on sound inventory and demand planning principles, current inventory levels are analysed to determine the optimal order and inventory on hand quantities. The objective being to improve service levels and optimize cash flow.

Benefits:

  • Improved Service Levels
  • Reduction in redundant stock
  • Reduce investment in stock (Free up working capital)

Ensuring an effective strategic meeting or workshop can be a challenge. In some cases, it

requires an effective facilitator to  ensure that the discussion does not stray from meeting its

objectives, all parties have an opportunity to be heard and outcomes are documented with

specific responsibilities and dates. Strategnos provides experienced facilitators to oversee

such meetings and workshops to ensure that these are run in a structured manner, that

conversation and input is integrated and formally documented to ensure that the objectives are met

Benefits:

  • Strategic Facilitation
  • Organisation Change Management
  • Change Management
  • IT implementation facilitation
  • Crisis Management
  • Supplier and Customer Alignment

COLD CHAIN

In order to meet specific client needs we offer a broad scope of consulting services including:

  • Strategic Cold Chain Review – Strategnos will assess your current cold chain process and infrastructure to identify compliance gaps and solutions to bridge these gaps in a cost effective manner
  • Insulated Container Design – An insulated container is a fundamental requirement in the effective transportation of cold chain pharmaceuticals. Strategnos has developed such solutions over many years for Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Distributors. Our expertise will provide a specific solution to meet your compliance needs.
  • Good Cold Chain Management Practices (General Advisory) – Cold Chain Management is a relatively new field, consistently being updated on the basis of new regulations, standards and guidelines. Through consistent review of new Regulations, Standards and Guidelines we are able to provide guidance on the necessary process and practices to ensure a compliant cold chain.
  • Risk Analysis – Regulators are increasingly focusing on risk management within both general organisational practice as well as Good Wholesale/ Warehouse/ Distribution Practice. We will identify risk, suggest mitigating actions and monitor implementation, which will provide the organisation with a risk based approach to implementation of compliant solutions.
  • New Product Development (Suppliers to the cold chain industry) – Suppliers seeking to offer solutions to the pharmaceutical cold chain industry may find the myriad of regulations, standards, guidelines and requirements a significant challenge. Strategnos is able to provide guidance and support in order to develop new products targeted at the pharmaceutical cold chain industry.
  • Any bespoke/ custom requirement relating to the storage and distribution of temperature sensitive products

It is a requirement of both local and international guidelines that warehouses, cold rooms and freezers used to store pharmaceutical products be mapped for temperature on a periodic basis. Using our proprietary methods and software, we provide an audit ready report, with detailed analysis of the data, interpretation and recommendations. All mapping activities are conducted in-line with local and global standards. All recording devices are calibrated to National Standards, on an annual basis. We typically map the following equipment:

  • Warehouses (15 °C to 25 °C)
  • Freezers (-20 °C to -80 °C)
  • Fridge and Cold-rooms (2°C to 8 °C)
  • Supply Chain Vehicles (Fine Distribution and Line Haul Vehicles)
  • Air Freight Shipments (2°C to 8 °C) to local and international locations
  • Insulated Containers (2°C to 8 °C)
  • Reefer Containers
  • Hot Tunnels and Stability Chambers
  • Most other mapping requirements

With the increased regulatory focus on validation and qualification, we follow best practice guidelines to write and execute appropriate protocols to meet regulatory requirements. We manage the entire process from start to finish and provide an audit ready validation/ qualification protocol and report with all supporting evidence.

Benefits:

  • Validation/ Qualification of:
    • Equipment and facilities such as: warehouses, fridges, cold rooms, freezers, ultra-low freezers, vehicles, hot tunnels, stability chambers etc.
    • Insulated containers
    • IT systems and temperature and humidity monitoring systems
  • Validation of processes according to WHO, MCC and PDA guidelines and requirements, GAMP, FDA 21 CFR etc. and company defined procedures
  • Component Qualification (CQ).
  • Design Qualification (DQ).
  • Installation Qualification (IQ).
  • Operational Qualification (OQ).
  • Performance Qualification (PQ).

Temperature monitoring of shipments is a typical requirement for pharmaceutical product distribution. A fundamental challenge with this, however, is the management of the data collected. The data must be accessible, traceable and supported by calibration certificates. Furthermore, the data should be reviewed and analysed for any corrective action required. Strategnos provides reporting solutions which allow for:

  • Data to be categorised and linked to relevant calibration certificates.
  • Reporting capabilities allow for analysis by route, branch and season.
  • Reports are compiled into audit ready reports with suggested corrective action where appropriate.

It is a requirement that all temperature monitoring devices be calibrated on a periodic basis, typically once per year, with traceability to national standards.  The management of the process can become onerous.  Failure to effectively manage this process could result in non compliance and patient risk . Strategnos therefore offers oversight services to manage and execute calibration of temperature monitoring devices.

Note: This service is available only for clients who enter into a Service Level Agreement for other services within the Cold Chain environment.

This service offers clients an end to end managed solution across the following elements within the health science industry:

  • Calibration
  • Mapping
  • Validation and Qualification

All schedules and execution are fully managed by Strategnos in consultation with the Client.

  • Good Cold Chain Management Practices.
  • Regulations, Standards and Guidelines.
  • Mapping, Validation and Qualification.

COMPLIANCE

The Strategnos team will interpret the requirements and develop a project plan to assist clients in meeting these requirements. We will structure and implement a Quality Management System (QMS) as the foundation for implementation of any regulation, standard or guideline. Using proprietary templates the appropriate procedures, forms and records will be documented based on inputs from the client. Change management and training underpin the project plan in order to ensure the entire organisation is aligned with the requirements.

Scope:

  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management System Requirements
  • ISO 22716 – Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • ISO 13485 – Medical Devices Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 17025 – General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
  • Good Warehouse Practice (GWP)

Managing and maintaining a Quality Management System (QMS) in line with any of the above standards or guidelines is a challenging task. Ensure proper document control and standardization is key. Strategnos can assist clients in ensuring that the QMS is maintained and up to date all times in an audit ready state.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Semicolon

I need to commend Strategnos for always being extremely professional and always deliver on the agreed project deliverables. We have received only positive feedback from other providers who dealt with you in the past and it is comforting to know we are in good hands. Thank you for everything and looking forward to a long and successful relationship.

Dirk Blom, IMPERIAL RETAIL LOGISTICS.

NEWS AND CURRENT EVENTS

Office is closed

Strategnos will be closed on Friday the 28th of April.  Should you need to contact us urgently please call

Theano Kosmas on 082 451 8487.

HOW  TO FIND US

Come see us at our offices in Bedfordview

Address:

30 Selwyn Road

Bedfordview

Johannesburg

Gauteng

2007

South Africa

 

P.O. Box 46512

Orange Grove

2119

 

Contact information :

Tel: 011 453 1020/4/5

Fax: 011 453 1035

Email: admin@strategnos.com

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