Supply Chain Heroes: Stories of Innovation in Support of COVID-19

The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities and businesses worldwide and created supply chain heroes across the globe.From suits to PPE gowns and masks, from baby wipes to disinfectant wipes, from food service to grocery to food & beverages manufacturers, companies around the world are stepping up to contribute and serve where they can.

In this post, we share a few supply chain hero stories about Logility customers who have focused their talent and resources to find innovative ways to support healthcare and other essential workers. These companies have found ways to help those impacted directly by the virus and the tens of millions who are working from home and maintaining their social distance to help flatten the curve. Here are just a few examples of innovation involving manufacturing and distribution of medical supplies, cleaning products, paper goods, and food & beverage. We encourage you to read their inspirational stories and share them with your networks.

Abbott Labs

Abbott Labs quickly developed and began distributing its rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests in late March 2020.

[https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/product-and-innovation/an-update-on-abbotts-work-on-COVID-19-testing.html]

Bauer Hockey Gear

Bauer switched from making hockey equipment to medical gear.

[https://www.bauer.com/en-US/bauer-medical-face-shield-faq.html]

Berry Global

Berry shifted its capacity to the supply of healthcare materials including surface disinfectant wipes and facemasks.

[http://ir.berryglobal.com/news-releases/news-release-details/berry-global-produces-materials-critical-coronavirus-defense]

Bodybuilding.com

Quickly increasing availability of immune boosters to help keep customers healthy.

[https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/4-immune-boosting-supplements-you-should-be-taking-every-day.html]

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers converted its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to making masks and gowns.

[https://www.brooksbrothers.com/masks-press-release/masks-press-release,default,pg.html]

Canada Goose

Canada Goose shifted production from down jackets to scrubs and patient gowns for frontline healthcare workers and patients.

[https://investor.canadagoose.com/English/news-results-and-presentations/press-release/press-release-details/2020/Canada-Goose-Dedicates-Manufacturing-Resources-in-Fight-Against-COVID-19/default.aspx]

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola donated materials and collaborated with Georgia Tech to make surgical masks for healthcare workers.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/04/01/coca-cola-to-help-georgia-tech-make-surgical-masks.aspx

Fanatics

MLB and Fanatics quickly shifted production from jerseys to masks and gowns for those on the front lines.

[https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/28/us/fanatics-mlb-masks-coronavirus-trnd/index.html]

HanesBrands

HanesBrands quickly developed the ability to produce face masks and donated them to hospitals.

Home Depot

Home Depot executed a “Stop-Sale” on all N95 masks in stores and HomeDepot.com and redirected its shipments to hospitals, healthcare providers and first responders around the United States.

[https://ir.homedepot.com/news-releases/2020/04-01-2020-110039177]

Intertape Polymer Group

Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) collaborated with Stanfield’s of Truro, Nova Scotia to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) medical clothing for those on the front lines.

[https://www.facebook.com/pg/intertape/posts/]

Jockey International

Reactivated dormant factory assets to produce and donate critically needed personal protective equipment, including isolation gowns, in the fight against COVID-19.

[https://biztimes.com/jockey-donating-ppe-including-250000-isolation-gowns-for-coronavirus-fight/]

Kontoor Brands

Kontoor Brands, the manufacturer of Wrangler and Lee jeans, shifted efforts to produce and supply patient and disposable isolation gowns to hospitals.

[https://www.kontoorbrands.com/news-media/press-release/52/kontoor-brands-to-produce-and-supply-patient-and-disposable]

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren committed $10 million toward COVID-19 relief through the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation.

[https://wwd.com/fashion-news/designer-luxury/exclusive-ralph-lauren-commits-10-million-to-covid-19-relief-1203546552/]

Rituals

Rituals honors Holland’s “brave” hospital workers with a gift of 200,000 goodie bags packed by volunteers at its Central Amsterdam headquarters.

https://www.dfnionline.com/csr/rituals-honours-hollands-brave-hospital-workers-gift-200000-goodie-bags-07-04-2020/

Rockline Europe

Gama Healthcare partnered with wet wipe manufacturer Rockline Europe to ramp up production of disinfectant wipes which will be given to the NHS free of charge.

[https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/18345523.coronavirus-gama-healthcare-donates-25-000-wipes-nhs/]

Tailored Brands

Tailored Brands now produces protective masks for frontline responders.

[https://www.tailoredbrands.com/news-media/press-releases/detail/1891/tailored-brands-reopens-e-commerce-fulfillment-centers]

Tillamook

The Tillamook County Creamery Association donated $100,000 to coronavirus relief across Oregon and has increased production to serve increased demand from consumers.

[https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2020-04-01/coalition-of-oregon-businesses-responds-to-covid-19-crisis-with-millions-in-philanthropic-and-other-support-for-nonprofits-and]

Thermo Fisher

Thermo Fisher developed the second commercially available test kit for COVID-19.

[https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/fda-quickly-oks-its-second-commercial-covid-19-test-from-thermo-fisher]

Under Armour

Under Armour volunteers to make protective gear for Maryland hospitals.

[https://about.underarmour.com/news/2020/03/under-armour-coronavirus-responses-and-actions]

VF

The VF Foundation pledged $1.5M and will match donations 2-for-1 to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund (up to an additional $500,000).

[https://www.globalgiving.org/vfgivesback/]

Thank you to all of these supply chain heroes in this war against the COViD-19 virus. You are our heroes. Fight on!

Henry Canitz

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Henry Canitz

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Hank is a former Logility employee and blog contributor. Supply Chain Brief

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