How Tech Businesses are Growing in Columbus, Ohio
Don Carroll, VP of Business Development, talks to The Metropreneur about how VPL is contributing to the booming tech sector in Columbus with our technology for clinical supply chains. Columbus has found itself on a number of national lists lately, highlighting its place as a leader of small-business ecosystems. Carroll talks about how Columbus is really starting to show up on the map for entrepreneurial startups, particularly on the technology side. He continues to share the story of VPL’s trajectory from small start-up in 2011 to the #2 player in the market today.
The Background of VPL
VPL traces its origins back to the early 2000s. Today’s leadership team was a part of another company that created the first turnkey inbound freight management solution for the healthcare community. After being acquired by Cardinal Health, VPL Founders Eric McGlade and Scott Crow saw that even though they had built a successful company, there was room for improvement.
Honoring a noncompete, VPL found another niche in higher education institutions, especially those involved in grant-funded research. VPL created a technology-based freight management solution that addressed the strict fund accounting requirements for grants. When the non compete ended, VPL reentered the healthcare space.
“We are a full-service freight management provider for healthcare, both inbound and outbound shipments,” Carroll says. “We provide transparency, visibility, and efficiencies into the movement of product within a healthcare supply chain.”
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We deliver visibility and resiliency to clinical supply chains.
By making the procurement-through-fulfillment processes smarter and more profitable, it creates a new supplier dynamic whereby customers benefit from reduced costs, better insights, and increased transparency and efficiency.
We developed the industry’s only Smart Supply Chain Platform, which automates inbound and outbound shipping, unlocks visibility into the status of critical shipments, and identifies cost-savings opportunities for all of healthcare including IDNs, critical access, outpatient and pharmacy.
With more than 700 hospitals, 6,000+ suppliers, and a 97% customer retention rate, it’s clear that VPL is the company the healthcare industry trusts to deliver savings, insights and peace of mind.