Moving to an online platform
Before you start working with one of the new online purchasing platforms, you must decide which one best meets your needs. Dr Jeremey Krell recommends first determining how much you’re spending on supplies. Some of the platforms will do an analysis for you, giving you insights into how you can save money and buy products more efficiently. If you still want to get products from a distributor, you must find a platform that allows you to buy from those companies, because not all of them do.
This type of change can be difficult for dentists, so it’s important to do your research to make sure you’re working with a platform you’re comfortable with and that is working with accredited vendors.
“Dental practices are creatures of habit that have relatively rigid workflows,” Dr Krell says. “Going from the L.L. Bean catalogue ordering model of the 1990s and fast forwarding 30 years to the Amazon level ordering of 2021 is a big change, especially in a tumultuous period where supplies have to be delivered on time and be high quality.”