Life sciences suppliers are still largely operational and working, albeit a bit slower than usual as they work to manage processing orders while protecting their own workers as much as possible.
PPE supplies remain tight. Gloves are more available than masks, gowns and sleeves.
Supply Chain Updates
Charles River and The Jackson Laboratory
Animal deliveries affected (via an email from Charles River):
- As of 4/13 will not be making animal deliveries on Wednesdays in the Bay area
- Throughout the rest of the week, they are making fewer stops along their routes.
- Delivery times will be earlier than usual as well given their reduced delivery schedule.
- Jax has a resources page for managing animals, including cryoperservation and pre-ordering for when labs re-open
- Jax is also sending around a truck on April 13th and 20th in the San Francisco Bay Area if a lab wants mouse strains picked up for cryppreservation (contact email@example.com to inquire).
VWR (could be affecting other suppliers as well)
Some suppliers are experiencing a high volume of unauthorized returns (i.e. couriers unable to deliver and returning items to sender).
- VWR has told us they have a lot of returns they are sorting through
- If you *need* an item you ordered, they recommend placing a new order while they sort things out.
- As always, call the supplier to talk to the shipping compay regarding misrouted/returned packages.
- VWR has cancelled PPE orders drop shipping from manufacturers like 3M due to high demand. 3M is essentially refusing the VWR purchase orders.
- This is evidence that suppliers are prioritizing fulfillment for hospitals/companies directly involved in working on COVID-19.
- Fisher Scientific now has a statement on their site akin to what most other suppliers have said about prioritizing PPE orders for customers directly doing work on COVID-19.
- As with other suppliers, take extra time to order and note the full name of a recipient and let the supplier know a location is open to deliveries.
Twist Bioscience is the first supplier we have seen to actively state they will accept an order and delay shipment until a lab re-opens. If you ask when placing an order, some suppliers will do this for the scientific community even if not stated as openly as Twist Bioscience did.
Couriers are operating as they were last week and still working to sort out non-delivered packages (often just returning to sender). Get in touch with the supplier to attempt to re-route any packages. See our last post for how couriers are being affected.
The Happi Note
Suppliers are managing this and as essential businesses in response to COVID-19, remain open.
Keep washing hands and ensure that surfaces are properly cleaned. Production Automation Corporation has gathered guidelines for cleaning surfaces to mitigate COVID-19 spread (though note: these are recommendations based on what we know has worked against other coronaviruses and can reasonably be expected to work as well against SARS-CoV-2 (aka COVID-19).
If you have extra supplies, Biocom has a site of places requesting items and to register if you are needing supplies.
HappiLabs is contining to monitor the supply chain and is still working along with our partners to help scientists during this pandemic.