Amazon tightens safety rules, directs masks to hospitals | Instacart expands data sharing with CPG firms | Visibility, data key to supply chain planning now
April 3, 2020
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Amazon tightens safety rules, directs masks to hospitals
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Amazon announced Thursday that masks and other medical equipment on its platform will be sold only to hospitals and government agencies, and it will also expand temperature checks to include all Amazon and Whole Foods Market employees by next week. Employees with a temperature above 100.4 degrees must go home and can return to work only after going 72 hours without a fever.
Full Story: Transport Topics (4/2),  Progressive Grocer (4/2) 
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Wholesale customers want the same kind of convenience and immediate gratification that you want as a consumer. How can businesses deliver on that? Hear from experts at NetSuite, Logistics Bureau and SmartBrief in this on-demand webinar.
Innovation & Efficiency
Instacart is ramping up efforts to provide the consumer packaged goods industry with real-time inventory data to help avoid supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Seth Dallaire, Instacart chief revenue officer. The grocery delivery platform has unique insight into what products are in short supply across several retail outlets, said Dallaire.
Full Story: Adweek (tiered subscription model) (4/1) 
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Companies trying to deal with the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic should make plans using data and transparency, rather than attempt to make forecasts for the future, experts said at a recent online town hall. Getting visibility into supply chains can improve the resiliency of planning systems, said Peter Bolstorff, executive vice president of the Association for Supply Chain Management.
Full Story: Supply Chain Dive (3/31) 
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When team members are coached to do their best, are invested in success and are inspired by a vision larger than themselves, they are more likely to succeed, writes Mark Miller, author of "Win Every Day." "Lofty goals inspire; unachievable expectations discourage, deflate and lead to disengagement," Miller writes.
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We remember World War II as a fight the US eagerly took up, but polling shows many Americans were opposed to intervening and only slowly came around to the idea, which posed a persuasion challenge to then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, writes Ed Batista. "The great leader steps into the future just far enough to encourage the people around them to consider the possibility of this alternative reality, but not so far ahead that their vision is dismissed or ignored," he writes.
Full Story: Ed Batista Executive Coaching (4/1) 
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Regulations & Policy
A coalition of food distributors has asked President Donald Trump and Congress for financial help to safeguard the food supply during the coronavirus crisis. "We ask you to urge the Treasury Department to establish a priority for loan applications from the foodservice distribution industry," the group wrote.
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An FDA official said the agency will now permit imports of KN95 masks, described as the Chinese version of an N95 mask, due to the scarce supply of personal protective equipment in the US. The FDA said it's "ready and available to engage with importers to minimize disruptions during the importing process," but it noted importers may want to verify the authenticity of the masks.
Full Story: The Hill (4/2) 
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Business Update
Chief financial officers are concerned about supply chain disruptions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic and are considering suppliers in more countries, according to a PwC survey. However, CFOs are uncertain as to whether they will actually do so, the survey found.
Full Story: Supply Chain Dive (3/31) 
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The disruptive impact the coronavirus pandemic is having across US and global consumer packaged goods supply chains reinforces the need for a coordinated government response to ensure consumers get necessary products quickly, write Consumer Brands president and CEO Geoff Freeman and General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening. "We ask the administration to create an Office of Supply Chain to coordinate the work of federal agencies and state and local governments that are making decisions about the movement of goods as this crisis evolves," they write.
Full Story: Fortune (tiered subscription model) (4/2) 
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Reports: Walmart pauses effort to sell Asda stake
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Walmart has opted not to pursue efforts to sell its majority stake in the UK grocer Asda for the time being, instead focusing its full attention on managing the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter. First-round offers from private-equity firms indicate that Asda's valuation is near the $9 billion mark.
Full Story: Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (4/2),  CNBC (4/2) 
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CSCMP 2020 Distinguished Service Award now accepting nominations!
Nominate a supply chain leader for the prestigious CSCMP 2020 Distinguished Service Award! Presented annually during the EDGE conference, the CSCMP Distinguished Service Award (DSA) honors an outstanding individual who exemplifies significant, consistent, and career-long contributions to the development of the logistics and supply chain management disciplines.

The CSCMP 2020 DSA winner will be recognized on stage during Monday morning's opening general session at EDGE 2020 in Orlando, Fla. Nominations are due by April 30, 2020. Submit your nomination today!
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