The Supply Chain Matters blog has expressed an ongoing commitment to pass along important information to emergency responders, supply chain management functional and technology teams during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak crisis.
Part of that effort has been sharing information that we have received from certain technology providers offering forms of complimentary technology services to first responders, healthcare providers or companies supporting critical supply chain needs.
We can now echo an additional three offers related to Cloud-based information directories and location intelligence directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak response.
Healthcare Providers Digital Exchange
Supply chain risk mitigation technology provider Resilinc has announced an intention to operationalize a Cloud based inventory bartering platform to be termed The Exchange, specifically for use by U.S. wide hospitals and healthcare delivery institutions. This platform was announced in a webinar held this week that included partners Stanford Healthcare, healthcare GPO Premier, and United Parcel Service.
The purpose of this platform is to provide an online means for hospitals to seek out the availability of critically needed medical supplies from other hospitals willing to trade inventory. Hospitals can search the platform for items of need but must be willing to offer items in-return. The analogy is one of an online swap meet. According to Resilinc, all users are to be vetted and because of the basis of bartering, no cash is to be exchanged.
Plans currently call for this platform to go live by mid-April in the United States. Resilinc’s Healthcare Transparency Initiative board of directors will be tasked with maintaining oversight or settling disputes and concerns among exchanging partners.
During the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Resilinc will not charge for use of The Exchange until September 2020.
Product Sourcing and Procurement Information Store
Product sourcing and supplier selection information provider Thomas is rallying the U.S. manufacturing and supply chain community to help facilitate essential production and delivery of critical supplies needed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Leveraging its digital, marketing, and data expertise, the company has launched the Coronavirus Resource Hub for Manufacturing. The interactive platform, which is updated in real-time, identifies and connects suppliers with manufacturers who can pivot their production capabilities to expeditiously fabricate coronavirus-related supplies and with industrial businesses who have key supplies available to donate or sell. Further information can be obtained at the provider’s dedicated web page.
Thomas CEO and President Tony Uphoff indicated in the announcement:
“Our goal during this crisis is to rally the North American manufacturing community as quickly as possible to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Resource Hub for Manufacturing activates the Thomasnet.com® community of more than 500,000 manufacturing companies and over 1 million registered industrial professionals, banding us all together in the COVID-19-related challenges we face. Suppliers who aren’t already on our Thomasnet.com® platform can create a profile for free. Organizations looking to source critical personal protective equipment and related materials can also register and use our platform for free.”
Location intelligence technology provider Esri has announced that it will be making its software available to public and private sector organizations fighting the COVID-19 disease pandemic.
Esri has built out resources to help organizations understand the potential impact of the disease on public health, as well as potential community risk areas and their capacity to respond. A COVID-19 GIS Hub site provides much of this essential data, including case locations and social vulnerability, that communities and health organizations can use to inform their response. Additional information can be garnered from a dedicated web page.
To help public health agencies and other organizations jump-start their response, the technology provider is providing the ArcGIS Hub Coronavirus Response template at no cost through a complimentary six-month ArcGIS Online subscription. The template includes examples, materials, and configurations to rapidly deploy an ArcGIS Hub environment.
Once again, this blog will continue to pass along these outreach efforts from technology providers as we receive them.
Stay safe and prudent.
Note to readers: The Supply Chain Matters blog receives no compensation for sharing the above announcements- we do so as our commitment to help in COVID-19 response.