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Week of 03/30/20

03/23/2020 IEWC Update

As the health and economic challenges due to COVID-19 escalated with staggering speed the past few weeks, these circumstances have proven that our company’s purpose statement is more relevant than ever:

   

To EMPOWER our people and partners to ADVANCE a CONNECTED world.


We have an essential purpose to fulfill because you, our customers, have essential commitments you must meet each day.


As state governments in the US began ordering “Shelter in Home” and “Safer at Home” mandates, nearly 100 different IEWC customers in critical businesses including healthcare, emergency services, transportation, energy, military and more have contacted us to make sure we know that they produce products and solutions that are considered critical sectors by the Department of Homeland Security. These customers need us ― a key part of their supply chain ― to remain open for business alongside them.


We are here to answer that challenge. We stand with our customers to do all we can to help them deliver the vital equipment that citizens and communities across the globe are counting on. From the very test equipment used to diagnose COVID-19, to hospital beds, to sanitizing/disinfecting equipment for food processing, to emergency response vehicles, and so much more, we are proud to play a small but vital part in helping you provide these essential products to the world.


We will post regular updates on our COVID-19 Central web site. Please bookmark and visit the page regularly for the latest information about IEWC operations and delivery logistics.


IEWC, backed by our passionate people, suppliers, and logistic partners, is here for you. As your trusted distribution partner, times of volatility create opportunities for us to demonstrate the value of our service. Thank you for your continued business.

Helping You Deliver Essential Solutions During COVID-19

Fulfilling Our Purpose in Critical Times

UPDATE ARCHIVE

Logistics Updates

Week of 03/23/20

03/23/2020 IEWC Update

As the health and economic challenges due to COVID-19 escalated with staggering speed the past few weeks, these circumstances have proven that our company’s purpose statement is more relevant than ever:

   

To EMPOWER our people and partners to ADVANCE a CONNECTED world.


We have an essential purpose to fulfill because you, our customers, have essential commitments you must meet each day.


As state governments in the US began ordering “Shelter in Home” and “Safer at Home” mandates, nearly 100 different IEWC customers in critical businesses including healthcare, emergency services, transportation, energy, military and more have contacted us to make sure we know that they produce products and solutions that are considered critical sectors by the Department of Homeland Security. These customers need us ― a key part of their supply chain ― to remain open for business alongside them.


We are here to answer that challenge. We stand with our customers to do all we can to help them deliver the vital equipment that citizens and communities across the globe are counting on. From the very test equipment used to diagnose COVID-19, to hospital beds, to sanitizing/disinfecting equipment for food processing, to emergency response vehicles, and so much more, we are proud to play a small but vital part in helping you provide these essential products to the world.


We will post regular updates on our COVID-19 Central web site. Please bookmark and visit the page regularly for the latest information about IEWC operations and delivery logistics.


IEWC, backed by our passionate people, suppliers, and logistic partners, is here for you. As your trusted distribution partner, times of volatility create opportunities for us to demonstrate the value of our service. Thank you for your continued business.

Helping You Deliver Essential Solutions During COVID-19

Fulfilling Our Purpose in Critical Times

Logistics Updates


March 20th, 2020 Updates


A Duie Pyle - Email - 03.20.2020

CH Robinson - Email - 03.20.2020

Rohlig UK - Email - 03.20.2020

UPS - Email - 03.20.2020

R&L Carriers - Web - 03.20.2020

A Duie Pyle - Email - 03.20.2020

Dayton Freight - Web - 03.20.2020

Gebruder Weiss - Web - 03.20.2020


March 19th, 2020 Updates


Dimerco - Web - 03.19.2020

CEVA - Email - 03.19.2020

Schneider - Web - 03.19.2020

DX Freight - Email - 03.19.2020

Dayton - Email - 03.19.2020

UPS - Email - 03.19.2020

Southeastern - Email - 03.19.2020

R&L - Web - 03.19.2020

UPS - Email - 03.19.2020

Gebruder Weiss - Web - 03.19.2020


March 18th, 2020 Updates


Ceva - Email - 03.18.2020

Livingston - Email - 03.18.2020

Fed Ex - Email - 03.18.2020

CH Robinson - Email - 03.18.2020

Fed Ex - Email & Web info - 03.18.20

UPS - Email - 03.18.2020

XPO - Email - 03.18.2020

Livingston - Email - 03.18.2020

Davies Turner - Email - 03.18.2020

UPS - Email - 03.18.2020

Jays - Email - 03.18.2020


March 17th, 2020 Updates


Rohlig US - Email - 03.17.2020

Expeditors - Email - 03.17.2020

Concordia - Email - 03.17.2020

Rohlig UK - Email - 03.17.2020

Schneider - Website - 03.17.2020

Southeastern Freight - 03.17.2020

ME Dey - Website - 03.17.2020

UPS - Email - 03.17.2020

Crane Logistics - Website - 03.17.20

Fed Ex - Website - 03.17.2020


March 16th, 2020 Updates


Schneider - Website - 03.16.2020

Livingston - Email - 03.16.2020

YRC - Email - 03.16.2020

UPS - Email - 03.16.2020

Sutton - Email - 03.16.2020

ME Dey - Website - 03.16.2020

CH Robinson - Email - 03.16.2020

Sutton - Email - 03.16.2020

Southeastern Freight - 03.16.2020

Fed Ex - Website - 03.16.2020

MME - Email - 03.16.2020

Dayton - Email - 03.16.2020

Schneider - Email - 03.16.2020

Roehl Logistics - Email - 03.16.2020

Oak Harbor - Email - 03.16.2020

R&L Carriers - Website - 03.16.2020

Rohlig UK- Email - 03.16.2020

Rohlig UK - Website - 03.16.2020

Week of 03/16/20

03/17/2020 IEWC Operations Update

While the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak is creating uncertainty, IEWC remains fully open for business supplying wire, cable and wire management products around the globe. Our priority remains protecting the health of our employees and community while striving to deliver the same outstanding support to our valued customers and suppliers.


To that point:

  • All IEWC global distribution centers remain open and the vast majority of shipments to IEWC customers continue as normal
  • We are constantly communicating with our logistics providers, suppliers, and internal locations to gauge any impact on product availability. As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
  1. North American suppliers have affirmed that there are no issues with production or fulfillment that will cause imminent delays at this time
  2. A small number of our suppliers based outside of the U.S. are experiencing delivery delays. IEWC’s customer team has proactively notified any impacted customers

Given our global network of distribution centers, we are well positioned to support customers from multiple locations. We have implemented contingency plans so that if a specific IEWC location is severely impacted, we can serve customers from alternate distribution centers.


We will continue to closely monitor the situation and advise all affected parties of changes. Additionally, we will post regular updates on this web site. Please bookmark and visit the page regularly for the latest information about IEWC operations and delivery logistics.


Please contact your IEWC sales representative with any concerns specific to your account. Our sales team possesses a wealth of knowledge and can offer alternative solutions should your organization experience supply chain challenges.


As always, we appreciate your partnership and look forward to working together to surmount these present challenges.

03/12/2020 IEWC Operations Update

Here is another timely update on what our Logistics team is seeing and hearing regarding global impacts, as well as an update regarding our IEWC offices in Asia and Europe:


IEWC OFFICES IN CHINA

As shared on February 24, IEWC remains “open for business” with both of our Suzhou and Hong Kong DC’s running and sending/receiving shipments. We continue to take cautionary measures to limit the number of employees on site to only what is necessary, but other employees are able to support our customers and suppliers while working remotely. 


IEWC OFFICES IN EUROPE & N. AMERICA

Currently no IEWC or Premier locations in Europe nor any of our North American locations have taken precautionary actions such as closing of distribution centers. However, all locations are continuing to monitor local and world health advisories to ensure the health and well-being of our employees, and we will provide updates on any changes to these locations’ statuses. 


EUROPE TRAVEL BAN

Last evening, President Trump announced a travel ban for flights coming to the US from Europe (excluding UK). It is important to note that freight airliners are not included in this ban, only passenger aircraft. IEWC utilized freight airliners for the vast majority of our transfer of materials between US and Europe and our logistics partner has informed us that there is no impact at this time in terms of capacity constraints or price escalations. 


PRODUCT AVAILABILITY

IEWC’s domestic suppliers have affirmed earlier today that there is no issues with production or fulfillment that would cause imminent delays. Last week, a small number of our suppliers operating out of China did have impacts to delivery dates, which our IEWC account managers have communicated with any customers who may be impacted. 


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING VIA AIR AND OCEAN

  • As shared in our prior update, major logistics vendors such as UPS and FedEx have resumed full operations in and out of China, with some specific exceptions such as the Wuhan province. 
  • In the wake of the air travel ban that affects the movement of people from Europe (excluding UK) to the United States, major logistics vendors such as UPS and FedEx have communicated plans to bolster capacity. They will be adding “extra capacity support flights” in and out of Europe, to be proactive in the event that the passenger aircrafts are grounded. 

As things continue to rapidly evolve, our team will continue to work tirelessly to quickly identify and manage potential supply disruptions and other effects on customers in these uncertain times.

02/24/2020 IEWC Operations Update

Here is another timely update on what our Logistics team is seeing and hearing regarding international shipping to Asia, as well as an update regarding our IEWC offices in Asia:


IEWC OFFICES IN CHINA

We are excited to report that late last week, IEWC’s Suzhou location received the necessary permit from the local government to re-open our distribution center. So as of Monday, February 24, 2020, our distribution center is re-opened and staffed, so our ability to receive and send shipments from that location is back online. The permit to re-open the office has not yet been received, so those employees (including our sales and customer service professionals) will continue working remotely from their home offices as they have been doing so since the conclusion of the Lunar New Year.


Our IEWC Hong Kong office and distribution has been open since the conclusion of the Lunar New Year. Shipments are being received and sent out from that location. This ensures that IEWC customers in Asia outside of mainland China have continued to see consistent service levels from IEWC.


AIR FREIGHT

As flights in and out of mainland China were cut back severely due to suspension of travel by virtually all of the major carriers globally, the costs for air freight has increased dramatically. As a result, this has also had an effect on the price for air freight in/out of Hong Kong as well, due to the simple economics of supply-and-demand. However, with respect to Hong Kong, there is optimism this may be a short-term issue. We are already seeing pricing for air freight from the United States to Hong Kong begin to normalize with some carriers, and expect others to begin following suit. With border closures between Hong Kong and mainland China, shipments that do arrive in Hong Kong still face challenges if the end customer is within China.


CLICK HERE to read more about how the airlines are addressing the Coronavirus Outbreak [Source: SCMP.com]


OCEAN FREIGHT

Similarly, steamship lines are starting to include additional surcharges to secure space on ocean vessels headed to China. It is suspected that many companies are looking at Ocean vs. Air not simply for the cost benefit but also to leverage the fact that product shipped out today will spend several weeks on the open seas with the hope that conditions in the ports will have improved by the time such vessels arrive.

Per Juno Logistics’ weekly newsletter, “Cargo volume out of China is down as shippers calculate it is more economical to cancel ship voyages rather than set sail with under-capacity loads. By one estimate, blank sailings from China are up 50 percent in February compared to the same time last year.” [Source: Juno Logistics, February 21, 2020] On the other hand, we have not seen much of an impact on ocean freight going to Hong Kong.


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

According to a UPS update on 2/24/20, “UPS has resumed full operations in and out of China, except for Wuhan with the recent announcement on extended holiday until March 10.”


Shipments routed through Fed Ex are not seeing many delays unless the receiving company is either based in Wuhan or not open to receive their freight.


IMPACT BEYOND CHINA

Per an article posted on CNN.com today, South Korea announced today over 230 new cases today within their country. Other countries, including Italy and Oman, are reporting cases within their countries as well.


CLICK HERE to read more [Source: CNN.com]

02/11/2020 IEWC Operations Update

IEWC had originally planned to re-open our Suzhou office location at the beginning of the work week, once the extended Lunar New Year came to a close. However, the local authorities have not yet provided IEWC with a permit to re-open. While many of our employees are working from home to continue to support our customers, this does mean that our distribution center in Suzhou is closed and unable to receive or send shipments.


There is not yet a time table of when the government will be provided permission to re-open the office, so please continue to check back here on our Logistics Central page to have the latest information.


For any delays in customer shipments that the Suzhou distribution center closure causes, our logistics and compliance team will be working closely with our APAC teams to assess each on a case-by-case basis to determine updated status and any options we may have.


As we all navigate these global logistics challenges brought on by the Coronavirus outbreak, we thank you for your continued business.

02/09/2020 IEWC Operations Update

As the extended Lunar New Year for China is about to come to a close, many municipality and provincial governments have extended the Lunar New Year to February 9 (and in some instances, such as the Hubei province, beyond), here is an aggregation of the latest news and announcements regarding several logistics categories:


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Over the weekend, UPS announced some service delays related to this outbreak. While UPS is not a preferred partner for IEWC shipping, many of our customers utilize them for other aspects of their supply chain. FedEx, which is one of IEWC’s preferred partners for logistics, has not yet communicated any service delays.


AIR TRAVEL

Several airlines across the globe have taken measures to address concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus by restricting flights to China. For example,

  • American Airlines - Suspended until March 27
  • United Airlines - Suspended until March 28
  • Delta - Suspended until April 30
  • Air Asia - Some flights suspended until February 29
  • Qantas - Suspended until March 29
  • British Airways - Suspended until February 29
  • Lufthansa - Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended until February 29; other routes until March 28
  • KLM - Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended through March 15; other routes to March 28

OCEAN VESSEL

By and far, ocean vessel travel in and out of ports out of the ports of China are still running, but under much scrutiny. The US Coast Guard issued a formal communication from its Inspections and Compliance Directorate dated January 24, 2020, that provided a bullet point list of instructions and reminders for vessel owners and operators. CLICK HERE to read more about the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on marine shipping from across the globe. [Source: Bloomberg.com]


BORDER CLOSURES

There are currently only three border crossings connecting Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland that remain open as the city imposes measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The port has seen a rush of cross-border traffic as thousands of people try to enter Hong Kong before midnight February 8, 2020, when all travelers from mainland China – including the city’s own residents – will be required to go into a 14-day quarantine. View video update here. [SOURCE: scmp.com]


On January 28, Russia took action to close its border with China as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus. Sixteen out of the 25 crossings along the Russian-Chinese border were closed effective midnight January 3. CLICK HERE for full details. [Source: cnbc.com]


From an IEWC perspective, plans remain unchanged for our China facilities to reopen on Monday, February 10. We will continue to leverage this Logistics Central landing page to keep you informed as the situation evolves.

01/31/2020 IEWC Operations Update

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. In response to this new strain of coronavirus, China’s General Office of the State Council announced that the country’s Lunar New Year holiday has been extended from January 20 to February 2 in an effort to minimize the spread of this outbreak. In addition, certain Chinese provinces have taken further precautions and extended the Lunar New Year to February 9.


Only businesses the government deems vital (e.g. pharmacies, super markets, gas stations) will be allowed to stay open during this time period. As a result, factories and customs offices have been closed and air travel (in a few provinces) and cross-border transportation have been suspended.


Please refer to the following links for additional information:

The situation is still developing, and at this time we have not been informed by our supply chain partners of any product delivery delays. IEWC is in constant correspondence with its logistics providers, suppliers, and internal locations within China to gauge the impact on any product availability issues that may arise.


As directed by China’s State Council and JiangSu Suzhou Government, the IEWC offices there will be extending the Chinese New Year office closing through February 8. All IEWC employees in China are safe; however, employees are able to work from home and will be doing so from February 3 to 8, responding to customer needs and inquiries, with a plan to re-open Monday, February 10 (Note: February 9 is a Sunday).


Consider bookmarking this landing page on IEWC.com to view the latest updates from IEWC Logistics & Trade Compliance Specialists on this rapidly evolving situation at any time. While the outcome of these precautions by the Chinese government are still being determined, rest assured that we will continue to monitor and advise all affected parties as details become available to IEWC.


As you navigate these global logistics challenges, you can rely on IEWC for accurate advice from our Trade Compliance Specialists and Supply Chain teams. Our team will work closely to quickly identify and manage potential supply disruptions and other effects on customers in these uncertain times.


As your trusted distribution partner, we believe times of volatility create opportunities to demonstrate the value of our service! Thank you for your continued business.

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