During these challenging times, it is not business as usual; it is a time of stress and uncertainty. A moment when our work is most critical as we continue to serve our customers. Fortunately, several of our customers in North America are in operation and committed to run their factories to support essential national products such as PPE (personal protective equipment). While MES is classified as an ‘essential’ business and remains opens, our global suppliers are faced with unique challenges. Most recently, it was announced that all Indian manufacturers are to close to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19.
While we are committed to run our operations to meet customer demand, we partner with several Indian manufacturers that now appear to be closed. Unfortunately, this situation could begin to backlog customer orders and a shortage of inventory. However, with the outstanding work by our senior leadership team in India, they received permits and approval by the Indian government to run the production at a few supplier plants and move the shipments to the port to support our customers. The MES Indian team worked tirelessly with various state government officials and received permission to run the production with a limited workforce, as well as in-land logistics, and to ship the containers to fulfill customer orders. From April 1st and onwards, our shipments are getting moved from supplier location to various port and sailed to the USA.
Receiving approval from the Indian government to run the product through our essential suppliers is a significant accomplishment for MES. While Indian factories are running with a limited workforce, they can produce customers products and avoid a complete shutdown. MES will continue to work closely with customers and provide around-the-clock communications as we work through this pandemic together.