Companies Offering Hand Held Thermometers
ProcurementIQ provides a list of vendors offering hand held thermometers
Colorado-based 180 Innovations is one of the largest private-label medical supplies providers in the United States. The company, which imports thermometers and other medical supplies from overseas suppliers before distributing them to American companies for resale, is currently facing a constraint on upstream supplies and surging demand for market products. 180 Innovations normally imports about 250,000 thermometers per month from China, with lead times around three months. The company expects additional upstream supplies of oral and multipurpose thermometers to become available again in May 2020, whereas non-contact thermometers are not anticipated to be back in stock until June 2020. The same conditions apply to its largest competitor, Veridian Healthcare LLC, which sources from the same upstream suppliers.
After the April 6, 2020 decision to ramp up its production of face masks and other coronavirus-related supplies, MN-based manufacturer 3M anticipates restocking thermometers by early to mid-May 2020.
China-based medical supplies manufacturer Alicn Medical typically produces around 2.5 million infrared thermometer guns per year and distributes them across the world. However, upstream supply shortages have been leading the company’s material costs to rise and many manufacturing facility workers are still under mandated quarantines, meaning the company is not currently producing at full capacity and inventories are limited. Alicn Medical anticipates once again reaching full capacity production levels in or around June 2020.
In January 2020, Pennsylvania-based medical supplies manufacturer Braun increased its production of coronavirus-related medical supplies in anticipation of the escalation of the outbreak. Now, the company is focusing on keeping its inventories of thermometers and other medical supplies high through ensuring worker safety at its manufacturing facilities. The company, which is owned by Procter & Gamble, has stated it will release additional details about its approach to COVID-19 after its quarterly earnings call on April 18, 2020. The same conditions apply to its sister company, Vicks, which is also owed by Procter & Gamble.
New Hampshire-based construction equipment distributor Extech typically sells non-contact infrared thermometers on its website. Although most thermometers are out of stock online, the company expects to begin replenishing its thermometer inventory in May 2020.
Oregon-based sensor technology company Flir is facing skyrocketing demand for its hand held, fixedmounted and non-contact thermometers. The company is working with strained upstream suppliers in Malaysia to ensure its supply chain keeps pace with demand. However, most thermometer models are still available and the company does not anticipate long-term supply chain issues due to the outbreak.
Texas-based Infrared Cameras is a manufacturer of infrared sensors, cameras and other technologies. Infrared Cameras normally produces around 100 infrared thermometer guns per month, but since January 2020, the company’s production capacity has more than tripled to around 350 units per month. Due to the company’s reputation for thermometers with one of the slimmest margins of error (0.1-0.2 degrees Celsius), demand for the products is steadily rising. Buyers should note that Infrared Cameras is currently prioritizing bulk orders requests for upwards of 1,000 units.
Virginia-based medical equipment manufacturer Kerma is facing shortages of the upstream supplies required to manufacture its thermometers; the company’s inventory of thermometers is steadily dropping, while buying lead times are extended. As a result, the company has decided to prioritize support services and order fulfillment for clients with the highest average sales histories, making it more difficult for new buyers to work with the company.
Kinsa Health, based in California, specializes in “smart” thermometers that sync the user’s health data to a centralized database for analysis and user-specific recommendations. The company sells its products online via Amazon and the company’s website, in addition to in store at CVS and Target, and is in the process of scaling up production to 10,000 units per day to meet growing demand. Oral thermometers are available for pre-order, whereas in-ear thermometers are sold out at most retailers.
DeltaTrak’s infrared forehead thermometer is slated to become available for purchase after April 13, 2020, with anticipated lead times of one to two weeks.
With thermometers selling online for more than twice their original cost, companies and regulatory bodies are mobilizing to curb third-party price-gouging in this market.
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