Lisa Morales-Hellebo and Brian Aoaeh, co-founders of The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation, announced a partnership with JOOR, a tech wholesale platform that connects brand manufacturers and retailers, to produce and distribute medical supplies to thousands of healthcare professionals amidst the coronavirus crisis.
“The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators was staggering, not to mention the difficulty finding suppliers, red tape in the ordering process, price gouging and fraud”, said Morales-Hellebo. “This creates an impossible hurdle for hospitals, nursing homes, local governments, shelters, prisons and the like to filter through the noise to place orders,”
Ms. Morales-Hellebo and her team created a global clearinghouse to vet and onboard PPE and related suppliers along with set fixed pricing. This is orchestrated with the help of numerous donations and both U.S. and overseas manufacturers. JOOR is providing TWSCF a private marketplace for their verified suppliers and buyers, which enables instant access for manufacturers, and the ones who need it most on the front lines.
“We are taking orders through our private marketplace platform and harnessing the time and energy of JOOR employees who have volunteered to reach the thousands of brands who use us and engage them in the effort,” said Kristin Savilia, CEO of JOOR.
“We’re also enabling small factories to rehire their workers that they recently laid off,” said Aoaeh. “We’re not limited to fashion, we’ve been documenting innovative 'Made in the USA' filtration materials for masks, new open source & lower cost ventilators and emerging certified innovations for sterilization and reuse of existing PPE, sourced from around the world.”
Manufacturers are encouraged to participate by going to the TWSCF website to match production capabilities with a list of healthcare products in demand. Healthcare facilities can sign up for the PPE they most need and will be granted access to the private marketplace once onboarded. Local Government offices are also encouraged to connect so they can take pressure off their resources and healthcare facilities in orchestration of PPE supply.
About The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation
The Worldwide Supply Chain Federation is a collaborative, and mutually supportive coalition of open and multidisciplinary grassroots communities focused on supply chain, innovation, and technology. Each chapter brings together startups, large corporations, small and medium-size businesses, technologists, supply chain professionals, investors, journalists, corporate treasury, regulators, academics and research and development specialists for the purpose of helping to navigate the complex, evolving, and changing supply chain landscape.
JOOR is the world’s industry-standard wholesale platform for fashion, beauty and home, that transacts over $1Bn in GMV every month. More than 8,600 brands and over 200,000 retailers across 144 countries connect on the platform every day. With a commitment to fueling the advancement and growth of both brands and retailers, JOOR offers free and paid tiers: JOOR Lite and JOOR Pro. JOOR Lite offers basic functionality for brands and retailers, whereas JOOR Pro provides advanced capabilities for greater flexibility, visibility, performance and analytics.
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