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TechRepublic: How US supply chains can improve operations post-pandemic

While experts say no level of preparedness is capable of handling a pandemic like this one, US supply chains could have been much more resilient and flexible. Tony Uphoff provides commentary about the impact COVID-19  is playing on supply chains and the sourcing data we are seeing on Thomasnet.com.

"If I'm a smart, nimble company, I perhaps have a second and third supplier," he noted, not to reduce capabilities but to spread out the business so that if one goes down capacity can be shifted, "so you don't put all your eggs in one basket."Uphoff said.

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Alliance For American Manufacturing: Help for American Manufacturers Looking to Help in the Coronavirus Fight

This post features resources shared by Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), who oversee the House Manufacturing Caucus. Included in the list is Thomas' COVID-19 Resource Hub which provides information about suppliers and how companies who want to help can get involved. Manufacturers who volunteer to help will be vetted and included in the “COVID-19 Response” category on Thomasnet.com and have a special badge displayed on their profile for the duration of the crisis.

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Plastics Today: COVID-19 Reframes  Debate on Single-Use Plastic Bags

In response to this “accelerating sustainability trend” for reusable bags, Thomas noted that sourcing activity “is shifting toward categories related to reusable bag materials.” Overall, bag sourcing has grown 125% year-over-year and 87% over the last quarter averages, said Thomasnet. Biodegradable bag sourcing increased 52% over last year and 44% over Q4 2019. Cotton bag sourcing was up 70% over 2019 and 25% over the last quarter’s averages. Nylon bag sourcing rose 62% year-over-year and 155% over Q4 2019 numbers.

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