OpenBoxes is an open-source system developed by supply chain professionals working in resource-scarce settings. As open-source software, OpenBoxes source code is available to use and modify at no charge under the terms of the Eclipse Public License and can be configured and customized for interested parties to meet their specific needs. Already existing functionality includes inventory tracking, lot and expiry tracking, stock movement and shipment tracking, purchase orders, stock requisitions and fulfillment, as well as built-in and customizable reports.

OpenBoxes was designed specifically for low-resource settings where existing infrastructure for electronic inventory management is limited. With minimal hardware requirements, flexible implementation options, an intuitive user interface, and user-friendly workflows, the software provides immediate results for organizations working in challenging environments who are looking for better inventory control and planning possibilities. While OpenBoxes was built to address the specific needs of healthcare supply chains and supply chain staff in developing countries, new workflows and functionality can and have been built to adapt to the needs of other contexts.

OpenBoxes is supported by a community of software developers and implementation specialists who have supply chain expertise within the global health context. The OpenBoxes community is continually optimizing existing features and developing new features to innovatively meet users’ needs. OpenBoxes community members are available to provide implementation support, training (in English, French, and Haitian Creole), user manual creation, data migration, software configuration and customization, software upgrades, hardware support, and supply chain consulting services.

Did you know?

OpenBoxes was created in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. To learn more, read the following article published by Partners In Health a few weeks after the Haiti Earthquake.