COVID-19: Finding Some Good in the Global Supply Chain

May 6, 2020

 

It is a challenging time for all of us as businesses, as well as individuals. When you’re up against strict, yet inconsistent, controls that slow time-sensitive exports and create gaps throughout international supply chains, it can be hard to keep up with soaring global demand for certain items. The problem is compounded by attempts made by major sources of manufacturing, like China, to shorten lengthy regulatory procedures and led to widespread criticism due to claims of poor quality goods.

 

As a result of these issues, the fear of being blacklisted has been met with even more stringent regulations, which only serve to further impact transit delays and contribute to increased market congestion. Caught in a vicious cycle of uncertainty regarding the quality supervision of epidemic prevention materials, the search to find the perfect balance between safe practices and efficiency remains an ongoing battle.

 

So, as we each deal with the negative impacts and hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic in our own ways, Transmodal feels it’s important to take note of the good things that are happening too. As a freight forwarder who has been in business for over 30 years, our central role in the global supply chain gives us a unique perspective on how difficult the situation is currently. At the same time, we also have a front row seat to a lot of great work being done by a lot of great people.

 

Whether it’s medical teams providing much-needed relief efforts; essential workers facing the front lines; corporations donating valuable supplies and resources; or even local organizations and charities raising awareness and providing support, every single step taken to give back helps. Your role does not go unnoticed.

 

There are many logistics companies who recognize that this is our time, as part of the global supply chain, to step up and pitch in however we can. Transmodal is appreciative and proud of what we see our customers and other logistics providers around the industry are doing to contribute. For example, we’ve seen a large number of our customers shift their business to start producing and shipping PPEs (such as masks, shields, gowns, etc.) who have never done so in the past.

 

After observing these changes, our focus quickly became to be a PPE expert. In a concentrated effort to try and do our part, we’re now servicing new lanes every day because that’s what our customers need. We’re also breaking out of our regular routes and delivering to hospitals, government locations, and other healthcare facilities, so they can hopefully benefit from a little breathe of relief.

 

Transmodal is proud of our own team’s commitment to preventing potential service disruptions and our ability to always get the job done – from anywhere and with no excuses.

 

Clearly this is still a developing situation for all of us. What’s considered essential in our professional and personal lives has transformed, causing some things to change indefinitely. Yet, we’re still grateful for the chance to be in a position to recognize all the good we see and the many people participating because of the belief that it’s the right thing to do.

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