What do the facts say…
i.e. Hospital supply chains operate within a “just-in-time” structure, meaning hospitals are only stockpiling 30-60 days worth of inventory. After Covid-19, many of the supply chains for PPE were halted, or otherwise diverted, leaving many hospitals with only the PPE they had in their stockpiles. The Department of Health and Human Resources estimates there is currently a 3-6-month delay for key PPE resources. Without those shipments, the hospitals inventory depletes until it runs out.
Hospitals are just one of many institutions affected by the crisis. One of these institutions is the government itself, which was woefully unprepared for a pandemic of this nature. It’s estimated that the federal stockpile would have required 3 billion N95 masks to to fulfill demand during this pandemic. When Covid hit, it only had 12 million. Less then %1 of what was required was ready and available for distribution.
With our Health Care System requiring critical demand, how can small and large businesses continue to operate safely, as we move into the future of post pandemic? How do prices remain affordable with such short supply and increased demand?
This presents these institutions with a new challenge: finding a new supplier they can trust.
While there are many variables to vetting for a new, reliable supplier, the most important questions to ask are:
- Is the product FDA approved?
- Does the product service my needs at an effective cost?
- Can the supplier maintain the required demand for the foreseeable future?
- Can the supplier provide evidence of their capabilities?
Even if the supplier seems legitimate, institutions are still susceptible of price gouging.
Hospitals and healthcare workers are being charged up to 100 times what they’re used to paying for PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic. The answer to this problem is simple: more supply. By creating more readily available supply, not only are you helping to remedy the shortage, but also mitigate any type of black market for bad actors who would try and take advantage of the crisis. Because of the current shortage however, PPE is not necessarily going to the places and people that need it most, but to the people with the most money.
If the institution finds a reliable supplier with fair pricing, they are often given unreasonable payment terms.
NAPPE eliminates all these concerns for our clients. Being a licensed medical establishment, it allows us to secure and provide multiple sources of specific PPE, in all quantities, for a guaranteed price point. Creating strategic partnerships and establishing a reliable supply chain was essential to provide this service – mission accomplished.
At this point, if the institution has managed to place an order with a reliable supplier at a reasonable price, there are still 3 major hurdles to clear:
CUSTOMS AND LOGISTICS!
Clearing and certifying the product for delivery and distribution from its country of origination. Are you prepared to handle offshore deliveries and transportation logistics? Can you afford delays or other unforeseen problems with your products being imported?
Currently, the total sum for PPE demand is greater than the cargo capacity of the entire planet’s shipping and air network. Think about that. With an inevitable second wave looming, how can you ensure you have an adequate supply of PPE? Will it be delivered on-time? Can you afford another economic shutdown?
Once the product arrives, the product must be cleared by the appropriate government agencies before delivery can be made. Even if the institution completes this process, there still is not a guarantee that they will receive their order, due to government seizures. Allow us, the experts, to handle all these concerns so you can focus on the business.
After all the “red tape”, If an institution does finally receive its order, what other problems can possibly arise?
Due to the crisis, the US government has begun seizing shipments of PPE at ports of entry, leaving many institutions empty-handed and either unwilling or unable to procure more. This was especially the case in the beginning of this crisis. Inevitably, faulty goods can present serious complications.
After receiving their order, the institution still needs to verify that the product delivered is the one they purchased. Dealing with manufacturers, trying to source PPE for the best available cost, can be overwhelming in unchartered waters. NAPPE provides security, logistics, and peace of mine during the entire process. We deal directly to provide assurances of product quality, and eliminate all problems associated with the potential of faulty goods.