Times of great uncertainty and disruption can also give rise to great ingenuity, community, and resilience. With that in mind, we are introducing our “Supply Chain Standouts” series: a weekly shout out to some of our favorite production and supply stories from around the world.
In Estonia, local producer Nordic Group OÜ manufactured and shipped thousands of face masks and disinfectant to Spain and Italy. This Allied effort is part of NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and highlights the coordination and cooperation of the Allies in times of crisis.
Sticking with the disinfectant theme, across the United States local wineries, breweries, and distilleries have quickly altered their production schedule to create sanitizer and support those on the front lines of their communities. From Maine to Texas to California, these companies are turning sugar and alcohol into hand sanitizer. A state-by-state list and map are available if you want to recognize your local business.
Finally, the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the food supply chain. Many food suppliers are unable to sell to their regular buyers as schools, hotels, production facilities, and restaurants have closed. Publix recently announced a plan to buy the milk and produce that farmers would otherwise be forced to dump, and donating the food to Feeding America, which directly provides the food to those in need.