Supply Chain Updates
Per our last updates, suppliers are mostly operating and processing orders.
They are still practicing physical distancing and operations are a bit slower than usual.
Many are still prioritizing PPE (especially masks; shortest lead times we’ve found are around two weeks).
Keep in mind that some suppliers are considering all sales final and not accepting returns due to COVID-19.
Keep close eye on shipments. Definitely get tracking numbers and monitor them and make sure items get delivered.
FedEx and UPS are both operating, but are not guaranteeing delivery, have suspended signature requirements for delivery verification, and aren’t always re-attempting deliveries if they can’t deliver to a site.
For global freight monitoring, Agility Logistics has put together this resource.
We recommend having a sign where deliveries occur stating a lab is open for deliveries and any relevant instructions to ensure a smooth delivery.
If a shipment goes awry, contact the shipper first to see if they can resolve it.
The Happi Note
There are a few labs in the HappiLabs network working directly on COVID-19. Distributed Bio is working on a therapeutic. Octant, Inc. is developing a better detection protocol for the virus. They’re two out of many others working to help the world manage a pandemic.
Grants dedicated to COVID-19 are also out there for scientists working on it.
Rheaply has worked with Northwestern University’s Computer Science department to set up a resource exchange program for getting critical supplies where they are needed. Follow the link to register.
HappiLabs continues to operate and we are grateful for the world’s scientists who work to identify, manage, and solve the world’s problems.