The supply chain is trying to keep up with this surge in consumer and PPE demand, while adapting to new circumstances and restrictions. The latest drama in the Suez Canal is a great example of this. With demand not looking to slow down anytime soon, a number of challenges have been created, impacting the availability and price of PPE.
The global demand for disposable gloves due to COVID-19 is putting pressure on glove manufacturers to produce at absolute capacity. Not only is this causing some manufacturers to cut costs and quality standards, it is also contributing to new allegations of labour abuse and exploitation of workers.
Just as worldwide shortages of masks and disinfectant products have increased the prices of those products, single-use gloves, particularly nitrile, have become increasingly difficult and costly to come by during the pandemic. We discuss the mains reasons for the price increases.
Thanks to global demand there are now many counterfeit products in the market place. Always ask for a sample and the product specifications before purchasing! This resource will help you select the correct face mask for the job at hand and ensure you are receiving a legit product.