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Logistics industry groups keep supply chain moving to aid Covid-19 response

March 23, 2020 / DC Velocity

Professional groups in the logistics industry are swinging into action this week to keep supply chains moving despite deep disruptions from the coronavirus crisis, according to statements from MHI, MHEDA, and the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN). Typical freight flows have been snarled across the country by the widespread closures and shelter-in-place policies applied to slow the lightning-fast spread of Covid-19, the potentially deadly respiratory disease caused by the new virus. While those efforts have been effective at making sure hospitals aren’t swamped by sudden peaks of critically ill patients, the travel and work restrictions have also slowed the movement of goods, resulting in empty grocery shelves and shortages of certain medical equipment. Already, acute stock-outs in stores and online continue across the U.S. as prolonged, heightened consumer demand has caused distribution backlogs slowing resupply efforts, MHI said, citing the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC).