Lead time

The lead time is the time between when a product is ordered, and when it is received and available. The meaning of the term can differ slightly depending on the agent or organisation involved. Procurement lead time is the time between when the order is placed and when the goods are received in the country. For a health facility, the lead time is the time between when the request for stock is placed with the central medical store in the country, and when the goods are received at the facility.

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