The Supply Chain, Covid-19 And DEF
Pandemic is a serious word to say, but today globally, we are suffering its effects. Surely you have noticed the lines to enter Walmart and other stores and some empty shelves. Walmart has reduced its store hours, “This will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing,” wrote Dacona Smith, Walmart’s executive VP and COO.
Beyond the panic purchasing, there is a problem with supply: automotive, technology, clothing, sports and more. Sixty percent of Best Buy’s supplies, for example, are from China. However, the outlook is already looking more favorable in China. “It is an epidemic that has been nipped as it was growing and stopped in its tracks,” says WHO’s representative Dr. Gauden Galea.
The supply chain, in addition to being arduously busy, moving inventories here and there and offsetting the unusual purchase of goods, is preparing to re-establish warehouse stocks and make up for lost time. “The story the data tells is that companies are faced with a lengthy recovery to normal operations in the wake of the virus outbreak,” said Thomas W. Derry, Chief Executive Officer of ISM (Institute for Supply Management®).
A long recovery, but recovery after all.
All this entails an emergent use of terrestrial as well as maritime transport, typically using tractor trucks and ships, both with diesel engines. So our recommendation for the moment is that our clients have a strategy on product inventory by having the adequate amount of Noxguard Diesel Exhaust Fluid so that their units do not remain immobile during and until operations are restored.
TLT is committed to this and other realities that will affect the supply chain and diesel-powered units, in particular. We have implemented temporary support strategies for our clients. If you have any questions or comments about how we can support you in sourcing DEF, you can count on us.