Supply chain technology firm Resilinc is working with health care and logistics industry representatives to create an online exchange to get needed medical supplies to hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic. "This is about helping each other in the supply chain," said Resilinc Managing Director Graeme Dykes.
Amazon is focused on strengthening its Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market delivery and pickup services and has shuttered its brick-and-mortar stores until at least April 7 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The company is making high-demand grocery items a top priority and putting purchasing limits on popular products.
The US Postal Service has seen a significant drop in mail volume because of the coronavirus outbreak and could close by summer's end if it doesn't get emergency funding from the government, according to a statement from Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va. They have introduced a bill to give $25 billion in emergency funding, saying, "The Postal Service needs America's help, and we must answer this call."
Anxiety can spike when we feel disconnected, lose control or lack the skills to cope when a crisis hits, writes Susan Fowler. "Sometimes, recognizing you have choice is all you need to make the right choice and regain your sense of control," she writes.
US Customs and Border Protection has notified businesses it will allow delayed payment of import tariffs on a case-by-case basis. Business groups and industries heavily dependent on imports want the Trump administration to terminate or suspend enforcement of major tariffs.
BlueLinx President and CEO Mitchell Lewis has announced he will reduce his salary to $1 per month to help the business and the building industry during the coronavirus pandemic. The pay cut will take effect in April and is currently scheduled to last six months.
The Trump administration held a call last week with distribution and retail industry leaders to discuss the US response to the coronavirus pandemic and the importance of keeping supply chains functioning. Among those invited to attend were NAW President and CEO Dirk Van Dongen and executives from Grainger, Border States Electric, Winsupply and Sonepar.
Health care professionals at Billings Clinic in Montana are stepping up to address the face mask shortage by using a 3D printer to create plastic masks that use small pieces of surgical masks as filters. The plastic masks can be cleaned and reused, and the design is available online for anyone with 3D-printing capabilities to use.
Manufacturers in Allegheny County, Pa., are increasing production of needed medical equipment and donating personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Other companies in the area are making masks and sanitizers.
Additive manufacturing company Carbon has begun producing face shields and nasopharyngeal test swabs to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The company has started sending the shields to hospitals and hopes to distribute the swabs in the near future.