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.”