Providence Business News: Five Questions with Chris Cinieri

Polaris MEP Project Manager Chris Cinieri spoke with Susan Shalhoub of the Providence Business News about the complications in supply-chain demand due to COVID-19, the true value of a strong domestic supply network, and how the MEP national Supplier Scouting program has risen to the occasion.

PBN: What are some of the benefits of having a strong domestic supply chain?

CINIERI: Lower transportation costs come to everyone’s mind, but there are other areas that deserve attention as well. Building a strong domestic supply chain means keeping and creating jobs here.

Furthermore, many people don’t realize that quality standards vary widely around the globe. The Wall Street Journal reported that 60% of the imported N95 and K95 masks tested by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health were substandard. They filtered out less than 35% of particles – even when advertised to meet the U.S. standard of 95%.

At best, inferior quality can turn away customers by creating rework and time delays. At worst, it can harm our front-line workers who rely on PPE every day. While price can sometimes make overseas sourcing attractive, if you look at the true cost, there are many benefits to domestic supply.”

Click here to read all five questions — and Chris’s thoughtful answers — in the story published June 2, 2020 in the Providence Business News.

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