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  1. Realigning the corporate culture of pharma-logistics to better support integrated working
  2. Sharing collaborative best practice and providing the industry with practical collaboration advice and tools in order to standardise partnering methodologies and facilitate the assembly of integrated supply networks
  3. Providing shippers and stakeholders with a recognised certification status for exemplary collaborative working and to promote these credentials to all sector stakeholders
  4. Strengthening the business case for integrated supply networks by building an evidence-base from pilot programmes and other evaluations

Common vision

Clarity of purpose

Mutual trust & understanding

Alignment of objectives

Risk sharing

Defined roles

Agreed responsibilities

Extensive communications

Transparency of information

Knowledge sharing

Efficient shared processes

Co-engineered solutions

Interlocked resources/facilities/systems

Benchmarked performance measurement

Collective cost management

‘Open book’ accounting

Pain-gain compensation

TEAM-UP is predicated around a more sophisticated pharma-logistics operating environment. An environment in which pharma-logistics supply chains are more efficient and more customer focused, where other business strategies (such as sophisticated supply chain segmentation) are easier to implement and where collaboration-dependent initiatives, both public and proprietary, can perform better and more consistently.


There is a rapidly developing awareness of the need for credible hands-on guidance if the industry is going to convert ivory tower insight and ideals into front-line action and achievement. The TEAM-UP project has been devised on the premise that it is possible to identify/define specific business practices that can be applied/learned to facilitate true collaborative working. The identification of these critical success factors and their codification and methodising into a logical series of progressive steps, together with their broad promulgation, constitute the essence of the TEAM-UP programme.


However, the pursuit of a integrated relationships and the identification of collaborative partners can prove to be an difficult, costly, frustrating and long-winded process. This is partly because there are no standardised performance measures or recognised performance criteria that can indicate an organisation's commitment, ability and capacity for integrated working.

For this reason TEAM-UP has introduced the TEAM-UP Charter, a corporate accreditation which provides proof and recognition that a company fully understands collaborative principles, is committed to true integrated working and is following a programme of continuous improvement. The TEAM-UP Charter relies on a system of periodic Peer Reviews, a solid process which is fair, consistent and inherently valuable to the participants. As a pre-qualification for suppliers, the TEAM-UP Charter makes supplier selection easier, faster and more professional.


TEAM-UP's commonality and communality remit is one that absolutely dependent upon strong networking and relationship building. At the end of the day, the achievement of integrated pharma-logistics chains is all down to developing trusting long-term relationships. TEAM-UP brings together like-minded, collaboratively astute, organisations into a forum where the participants can work together to advance superior integrated working practices and excel commercially.


In the immediate term,TEAM-UP is focused on the following:

Creating a compelling win-win commercial case for wholly inclusive supply chain integration in the pharma-logistics space.

Creating a "Common Integration Framework" (CIF) for implementation in incremental ‘bite-size chunks’ across the entire pharma-logistics value chain. This modular template will provide a flexible framework for continuous strategic collaboration and will be relevant to all supply chain stakeholders.

The objective is for a guide that is detailed enough to be of real practical value whilst being sufficiently universal to be readily transferable and adaptable to a wide range of user scenarios. The CIF forms the backbone of a TEAM-UP Integration Toolkit designed as a conduit for practical guidance on collaborative working.