Disruption in Distribution

As we know the pandemic is disrupting the distribution of goods both domestically and internationally. This disruption is felt most acutely when it is affecting access to essential goods like PPE and food. EBW’s initiative SHE for PPE is working hard to make sure that needed PPE are making their way to governments and facilities. Other members of the COVIDxNOW Community are finding innovative ways to overcome the challenges caused by this disruption in distribution systems and networks.

Below is just one example of how distribution networks are being affected.

US Seaborne Imports of Medical PPE (Year over Year) 

Shortages of Masks, Gloves and Eyewear in Q1 2020 compared to previous years.

Source: S&P Global
Chart compares US seaborne imports of medical masks, protective gloves, and eyewear. Data from March covers period to March 21 compared to the same period a year earlier.

John Souza

Founder and CEO of Reliant Health Services, LLC and the Founder of Kingsland University
Reliant Health Services is a mission-driven endeavor focused on bringing a dynamic bringing a dynamic blend of health technology knowhow and start-up problem solving to generating innovative responses to COVID-19. Kingsland University is the first university to be certified for blockchain. John speaks about his innovative programs, including a scholarship fund to retrain individuals for the new economy. He also discusses how Reliant is responding to ensure access to vaccines and other critical products.

Donna Lemm

Executive Director of National Sales, IMC Companies
IMC is one of the largest distribution companies in the U.S. Donna leads the import and distribution of critical products. She is an expert in international logistics, freight, and transportation management. In her role she is facing the distribution challenges created by the pandemic every day. She has to work to keep her workers, including truckers, safe, deal with decreasing staff at the ports, and handle changes in trade. Donna shares the challenges they are facing in distribution and methods for dealing with them, while also keeping workers safe.