Science goes on and most life sciences suppliers are considered essential and remain operational, though operating more slowly as they practice physical distancing (i.e. customer and technical services work from home).
Supply Chain Updates
Items outside of PPE and patient sample collection items remain largely available and the normal supply chain is operational, if slower.
Worth repeating that PPE and patient sample collection items like masks and flocked swabs are are in short supply and often on backorder.
- Amazon is limiting COVID-19 supplies (e.g. masks, PPE) to hospitals and government organizations, requiring purchasers to register here.
- CDC has put out a protocol to clean/re-use masks
For PPE requests with reputable suppliers, HappiLabs recommends the following:
- Don’t believe a supplier website about their availability/lead time.
- Calling customer service is also often not reliable at the moment.
- Get an order in anyway for the PPE item you want.
- This might prompt an estimated delivery date and gets you on a waiting list.
- FedEx has options to re-route packages for local pickup if a delivery is missed
- They recommend letting vendors know a lab is open for deliveries (for HappiLabs, we’ve got you covered!)
- Cashback guarantees and delivery signature requirements have been suspended.
UPS has a similar site minus the help with delivery options. And as we reported last week, our anecdotal experience is that UPS seems to be having more delivery disruptions and problems than FedEx.
While most of the carrier industry is still working, their operations *are* often affected, especially in the final miles of delivery to a specific address.
We still recommend when placing an order scientists let their supplier know they are open and to place obvious signage stating that fact for the benefit of delivery people.
The Happi Note
COVID-19 is still around and physical distancing orders have been extended in many places around the world, including the United States.
We’re still working. Many labs are still working, even if limited just now.
Most items are in stock at suppliers and passionate scientists are continuing to work, including many on the novel Coronavirus, working toward solutions.
We’re here to improve scientists’ happiness and quality of their research and are thankful to all of them who provide a positive vision of the future, especially in times of uncertainty and disruption.