The Founder Analysis: State of Logistics Worldwide


The bttn. mission is based in sharing data on supply chain complexities in hopes to inform the healthcare community and democratize pricing on the supplies they need most. While the price of rubber in Malaysia or the availability of workers in India might seem like obscure problems to those that do not sit in the unique position that our company holds, they directly affect each and every organization in the healthcare industry.

 

Our Co-Founder, Jack Miller, will share valuable insights on the medical supply chain and apply this analysis to your daily purchasing. Read The Founder Analysis monthly on our blog!

 

State of Logistics Worldwide - The Effect On Medical Supply

Below I’ll share crucial information and data points from the international supply chain that we’ve gathered that are the most pertinent topics affecting the supply chain today. These topics include: Chinese production quality vs. price, COVID outbreaks in India, shutdowns in Malaysia, and shipping congestion in America. As vaccines role out and mask mandates fall to the wayside, our healthcare workers are still facing shortages on some of the most vital supplies.

 

China

 

  • China offers the ability to manufacture mass quantities of goods: they have the workforce, they have COVID under control, and they have the logistic capacity. This is why during COVID, China stepped up to become one of the premier exporters of nitrile gloves in the world.
  • The other side of the coin is that manufacturers who came to prominence during COVID are not seasoned veterans in manufacturing disposable gloves. Whereas gloves that most medical professionals use contain 75-80% nitrile, oftentimes gloves from China contain 60-70% nitrile. Because of this, the quality of disposable gloves imported into the United States has suffered
  • With China, the ever present question of “quantity vs. quality” stands true.

 

India

 

  • India is a prominent nation in not only manufacturing goods, but also in transporting them to the United States. The recent tragic uptick in severe cases of COVID-19 and its variants, lack of supply access, and inability to vaccinate quick enough has not only resulted in the redistribution of supplies to India, but has also impacted the export of Indian manufactured goods

 

Malaysia

 

  • Malaysia accounts for 60% of all nitrile glove manufacturing around the world. However, recent COVID restrictions imposed by the Malaysian government effectively placing the whole country on lockdown have significantly stifled the country's ability to manufacture and export.

 

United States

 

  • Glove Quality - if you are experiencing a drop in glove quality, its most likely due to the country of origin and a lower quantity of nitrile. These still pass all tests, but the feel and durability may suffer.
  • Shortages Persist - with India’s COVID surge, Malaysia’s lockdown, and shipping congestion still persisting across our ports, we expect price increases for nitrile gloves over the next 4 weeks as well as a handful of other top demand products. Now is a good time to purchase gloves.
  • Shipping delays - do not be surprised if your manufacturer order is delayed or redistributed to others over the following weeks, we expect with the shipping congestion, gas fluctuations, and outbreaks outside the US for vital supplies to go to others instead of to you.

 

How Does This Impact You? 

 

  • Glove Quality - if you are experiencing a drop in glove quality, its most likely due to the country of origin and a lower quantity of nitrile. These still pass all tests, but the feel and durability may suffer.
  • Shortages Persist - with India’s COVID surge, Malaysia’s lockdown, and shipping congestion still persisting across our ports, we expect price increases for nitrile gloves over the next 4 weeks as well as a handful of other top demand products. Now is a good time to purchase gloves.
  • Shipping delays - do not be surprised if your manufacturer order is delayed or redistributed to others over the following weeks, we expect with the shipping congestion, gas fluctuations, and outbreaks outside the US for vital supplies to go to others instead of to you.

 

In the coming weeks, we will continue to bring these insights to you and talk about the above topics in depth, all to make sure you are well informed and buy efficiently.

Does your medical supplier do that for you today?

- Jack Miller, Co-Founder @ bttn.