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SupplyChainBrain: How COVID-19 Will Cause Permanent Changes in Manufacturing Strategies

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted traditional supply chains and forced many manufacturers to alter what they make and where. In this conversation with SupplyChainBrain Editor-in-Chief Bob Bowman, Tony Uphoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of ThomasNet, reveals the findings of the company’s latest North American Manufacturing Trends report, covering the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Associated Press: Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many millions of N95 masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage. Yet doctors and nurses say there still aren't enough. While supply and demand issues surrounding N95 respirators are well-documented, until now the reasons for this discrepancy have been unclear. 

"How could this be happening? You have an obvious need, and you have a tremendous engine of supply,” said Tony Uphoff, president and CEO of Thomas, an online platform for product sourcing. Uphoff said that for decades the N95 market was stable, so when the virus upended the supply chain, procurement officers were unprepared to respond.

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Plant Services: Thomasnet.com launches vaccine manufacturing resources

Thomas, the leader in product sourcing, supplier, selection, and marketing solutions for industry, announced its new product sourcing category 'Vaccine Cold Chain Logistics and Supply'. Established in response to increased sourcing demands related to the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the new category identifies the top 1,200 North American manufacturing suppliers ready to provide the essential supplies needed for production and distribution of the vaccine.

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