UPDATED June 10
Supply access update
Across the country, demand continues to grow at 300% higher than traditional manufacturing and distribution volumes and has outstripped normal demand by 1000% for certain products. Allocations on many categories continue, though we have been able to raise allocations in some areas such as Respiratory and Hand Sanitizer. We continue to monitor inventory levels on an ongoing basis and do everything possible to get volumes to match COVID-level demand. While allocations remain on many categories, some of the key ones at the moment include:
- PPE – Isolation gowns and coveralls
- Surgical drapes and gowns
- Standard and custom packs
- Hand sanitizer
- Exam gloves
- Nasopharyngeal Swabs
Although factories in China and other parts of Asia have re-opened, many are operating with restrictions, and production and distribution continue to be slow. For example, we are seeing constriction in exam glove manufacturing due to a continued Movement Control Order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Malaysia. At this time, factories overall supply chain there continues to be at about 50% of previous volumes.
Alleviating strain on the supply chain
- Medline invested in airfreight shipments to expedite PPE availability (including facemasks) from Asia—reducing time from manufacturing-to-dock by 3-4 weeks.
- More recently, our collaboration in Project Airbridge allows us to airfreight 24 more container planes of PPE for customers. Total facemask availability is anticipated to increase, with more than 70+ million masks shipped in the next six weeks.
- Last week alone, more than 11 million masks arrived via air with more to come this week.
- For isolation gowns, head/footwear and coveralls, we have successfully increased the production capacity at factories in Southeast Asia and anticipate that we will continue to ramp up output there.
- For gloves, we continue to increase capacity and airfreight product to get it in the hands of the frontline users faster. We anticipate we’ll ship more than 1.4 billion gloves in April to US customers.
- For Disinfectant Wipes, availability of materials (e.g. canisters and wipe fabric) continues to intermittently disrupt production. We continue to be challenged by the market-wide shortage of isopropyl alcohol, a key ingredient in several products. To mitigate disruption of your supply needs, we are offering substitutes based on availability. If the chemistry of the offered sub is not compatible with your equipment and surfaces, you may continue to order your original product, which will be fulfilled as inventory becomes available.
Medline has been actively working to provide you visibility into products that are on allocation.
Log in to the Medline.com online catalog to see your allocation for each impacted item. After you are logged in, you will see the following on an item-specific basis:
- Your allocation quantity
- What has already been ordered
- How much more is available until the next reset period (the 1stof the following month)
We hope this helps provide some insight into your current supply status and helps with planning.
*This will be updated as new information becomes available.
UPDATED June 10
Forward-looking relief efforts
10,000 employees working
Working round-the-clock, 10,000 employees in manufacturing, warehouses, and distribution continue to produce, distribute and delivery as much product as possible
Doubling production of
Investing in airfreight shipments of more than 10 million facemasks to expedite availability from Asia—reducing time from manufacturing-to-dock by 3-4 weeks.
Increasing hand sanitizer
Restructured manufacturing operations in Wisconsin and Connecticut, with teams modifying equipment and ventilation systems, so that we can produce additional volume of hand sanitizer, surpassing our goal of 150,000 bottles per week by more than 200 percent.
Investing in airfreight shipments of more than 10 million face-masks to expedite availability from Asia—reducing time from manufacturing-to-dock by 3-4 weeks.
Virtual queuing technology
In addition to the Medline ReNewal program to decontaminate N95 respirators and other facemasks, this week we are beginning to also decontaminate isolation gowns. Our current capacity is approximately 50,000 gowns per day.
Maximizing delivery capabilities
Delivering nationwide at full capacity, our 1,000+ MedTrans trucks are deployed daily and maximizing delivery capabilities.
A message from our CEO
Thank you to Medline customers and all healthcare providers for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic
Economic and social challenges at the center of the crisis
Why Medline’s response at home and beyond matters
Since the beginning of the crisis, Medline has been actively coordinating with industry and government agencies and is contributing to national PPE distribution efforts in pandemic hot spots as part of FEMA’s Project Airbridge.
UPDATED June 10
Protecting our employees
Here’s an overview of some of the efforts in our U.S. facilities to support the fight against COVID-19 during these unprecedented times. Similar initiatives have occurred globally.