Companies Offering Disinfectant Wipes
ProcurementIQ provides a list of vendors offering disinfectant wipes
Due to surging demand, Cardinal Health is prioritizing government buyers and medical professionals. Cardinal manufactures their own disinfectant wipes, so they are in a stronger position than other vendors that operate solely as distributors. However, they are experiencing a sizable surge in demand for most medical products and are unable to fill all orders. They are currently allocating wipes based on warehouse supply and the relevant needs of the buyer
Henry Schein Inc. has maintained a sizable inventory of disinfectant wipes and other sanitizing products. However, the increase in demand has been so sharp that they have begun to ration their supply and allocate shipments to government buyers and healthcare providers. As the company is a founding member of the Pandemic Supply Chain Network, they are better positioned than most to properly respond to the shifting market caused by the coronavirus.
McKesson issued a warning to customers on March 20 that they are facing significant backlogs for much of their healthcare products. They operate as a distributor of Lysol disinfectant wipes which is on the EPA approved list of products that effectively combats COVID-19. However, their upstream suppliers are facing material shortages due to a lack of isopropyl alcohol and restrictions on the manufacturing process.
Medline Industries Inc.
Medline operates as a large-scale distributor of disinfectant wipes of all the major manufacturers. They offer a variety of different products that can be used to disinfect surfaces. Unfortunately, they are not immune to the supply constraints that are heavily impacting the current market and are prioritizing orders made by high-need buyers.
Medsav Solutions operates as a distributor for some of the largest disinfectant wipe manufacturers including Clorox, Purell, PDI, Lysol and Certol. They operate nationally and can leverage their supply network to meet the needs of large buyers throughout the country. However, given the sharp increase in demand for market products, they may be facing shortages or backlogs due to a lack of inventory.
Owens & Minor Inc.
Owens & Minor provides disinfectant wipes through their MediChoice brand. However, they are currently suspending orders for non-priority customers in an effort to maintain inventory levels for buyers with the highest level of need. Fortunately for buyers, the company has been highly resistant to raising prices on any of their medical products, including sanitizing wipes, as a means of capitalizing on the current level of demand.
Parker Laboratories Inc.
Parker Laboratories recently announced that their brand of disinfectant wipes has been shown to have effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19. However, they are a smaller manufacturer in the market and mostly sell products through distributors that are not widely used by consumers. This may be beneficial for buyers because they are less likely to be impacted by the soaring retail sales that have spiked demand for consumer products.
While concrete data on their production capacity is unavailable, PDI is significantly increasing their production output of disinfectant wipes in order to meet market demand. Furthermore, their supply chain is fully domestic, so they are less likely to be impacted by material shortages. Still, the sharp increase in demand is likely to contribute to longer lead times though they may expedite some orders for priority clients.
Guy O’Neil is a contract manufacturing company that has shifted to manufacture large quantities of disinfectant wipes to meet the market’s current needs. They have extended operating hours in their factory and are looking to sizably expand their workforce to raise their production levels.
Rebel Converting LLC
Rebel is a contract manufacturing company that provides disinfectant wipes. They have estimated that they are capable of producing between 30 million and 100 million wipes per day based on their current production. However, they are shifting some production in order to manufacture about 5,000 face masks per day as well.
Many chemicals used in the manufacturing process for disinfectant wipes have been impossible to secure due to massive shortages and slowed manufacturing output from China.
Manufacturers work together to produce masks and wipes
Two Wisconsin-based companies are working together to produce face masks and medical wipes for healthcare professionals. One company is repurposing machinery used to make shoes to produce face masks.
The Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to fast track their process for determining effectiveness against COVID-19 as well as potentially loosening manufacturing restrictions on market products. This will help boost the production of disinfectant wipes for both healthcare and consumer use.
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