GHXcellence Awards

GHXcellence Awards recognize supply chain leaders that are driving savings and efficiency for their organizations, their trading partners and the healthcare industry through automation and best practices.

Trading Partner Pair of the Year

This award is given to a provider and supplier (manufacturer or distributor) who are jointly leveraging supply chain automation and efficiency technologies within their trading partner relationship, and setting the gold standard for collaboration and mutual savings.


  • Partners must both be members of the GHX Exchange

Criteria considered

Note: Nominees are not required to meet all these criteria, nor are they limited to these. The criteria defines the range of accomplishment considered for this award. 

  • Percentage and/or increase of total of the pair’s mutual business volume going through the Exchange
  • Use GHX data to improve business processes and lower costs to serve, and costs to procure
  • Reduction in price exceptions
  • Increase in contract commitments and compliance

Nominations should include supporting documentation whenever possible. 

2019 Winner: Distribution Cooperative, Inc. and Medline Industries, Inc.

2019 - Distribution Cooperative, Inc. and Medline Industries, Inc.
  • Distribution Cooperative, Inc. (DCI), Medline, GHX and third-party developers have worked collaboratively to successfully initiate and implement a cross-docking solution that drives process efficiency and cost savings for hospital customers.

  • Stakeholders from each organization invested significant time and resources to plan, develop and test the solution, which has helped hospitals improve their business processes and reduce procurement costs.

  • The benefits of the cross-docking solution include efficient consolidation of products with shipments in a single load, lower inventory levels resulting from the elimination of storage, and the ability to deliver products more frequently.
2018 - Aspirus and Medline
2018 Winner -
Aspirus and Medline
2017 - Olympus & Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2017 Winner -
Olympus & Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2016 - Trading Partner Pair of the Year
2016 Winner -
GlaxoSmithKline and U.S. HealthWorks
2015 - Trading Partner Pair of the Year
2015 Winner -
Montefiore Health System and Zimmer Biomet