Supply chains are undergoing tremendous strain. The disruption from the pandemic has combined with factors like labor shortages, natural disasters, and political unrest in an increasingly interconnected, international world. The result is widespread supply chain chaos.

Nelson-Jameson's core culture and practices have prepared us to look out for you, our customers, and stay on the leading edge of supply sources. Our teams are closely monitoring the ever-changing supply chain situation to minimize disruptions while offering alternative product solutions to keep your plants running smoothly.

Communication is a key component during this time. Please check back for regular updates to the supply chain challenges we are encountering.


Current inventory strain is being experienced on several products, but we continue to monitor and secure inventory to serve you. We are under allocation for these items but are committed to providing our core customers product to maintain operations.

As of , the following items are in allocation:

  • 3M™ Butterfields Dilution Bottles
  • 3M™ E. coli O157 Assays
    for Molecular Detection
  • 3M™ Rapid Allergen Kits
  • Acetic Acid
  • Aluminum Moisture/Weighing Dishes
  • Anticake - Cellulose Products
  • Bathroom Cleaning Chemicals
  • Carts
  • Citric Acid
  • Defoamer/Antifoam
  • Desiccator Cabinets
  • Disposable Cups
  • EVOH (Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol)
  • Facial Tissue
  • Fan Covers
  • Inoculating Loops
  • Lab Coats
  • Lab Wrapping Film
  • Labels
  • Laboratory Plastic
    and Glassware
  • Lactic Acid
  • Petri Dishes
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Security Seals
  • Retractable Markers
  • Sponge Sticks
  • Syringes
  • Thermo Orion pH Electrodes
  • Tilt Trucks
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Trash Bags
  • Wipers

Supply Chain/Market Status

As your distribution partner, our priority is to maintain a pulse on the status of products and their availability in the market. Our goal is to be transparent in our findings, and communicate with our customers as to what we are seeing and experiencing, while working to provide options or alternatives if and when possible. Below are some current status comments regarding availability and market feedback.

Dry Wipers

Experiencing shortages across many wiper products. Heavily affected SKUs are on allocation.

Trigger Sprayers

Supply is becoming more available for some SKUs. Substitutes are available.

Pipet Tips and Pipets

Pipet tips have a very limited availability at this time. The 1 mL sterile tips are proving difficult to source. We are offering sterile/filtered or unsterile 1 mL tips as substitutes. Unsterile tips may be autoclaved to sterilize. Transfer and Serological are also very limited at this time. We have several substitutes for each size. The substitutes may be packaged differently such as individually wrapped or as a bulk item. We are working to keep each size available.

Plastic Seals

We are experiencing 12-16 week lead times for plastic seals. 

Sanitary Tubing

The tubing industry is going through a severe supply and demand crisis. This started in January when one of the main coil suppliers (ATI) announced they were getting out of the market by the end of this summer. This caused some panic ordering and buying from consumers within the industry. The other two steel mills, Outokumpo and NAS were caught in the fray as well.

This caused an immediate backlog of orders. Lead times also steadily increased as the mills tried to catch up. We have also seen 3 base price increases since January of this year. To top it off, ATI went on strike and haven't begun using their contingency manufacturing plans as yet.

 Lead times from our current manufacturers are 20-35 weeks.  

Trash Bags

Lead times are 10-20 business days for stock and 30-45 business days for custom items.


We are experiencing 10-12 week lead times for labels. 

Shipment Impacts

In the face of recent world events, all business aspects have been affected, including shipping. Nelson-Jameson recommends you follow your provided tracking number closely, and ensure you have personnel available to accept delivery.

If your company chooses to employ a contactless delivery, please monitor tracking to ensure delivered product is found, and if perishable, stored appropriately as soon as possible. Any changes to delivery addresses should be communicated to Nelson-Jameson at the time of your order to ensure our carriers have your most current information.

Should your shipment not arrive in the usual time frame, we apologize on behalf of our carriers, as we strive to do all we can for a timely delivery. At this time, we are asking that our customers to not refuse any deliveries. Please accept the delivery, place the product(s) in the appropriate required storage temperature, and contact Nelson-Jameson for further assistance.

Additional Resources

For Any Additional Questions -

Supply Chain Challenges -

Toolkit for Agricultural Businesses -

Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations -

Dairy Processing Industry Guide -

Employee Health -

World Health Organization -





FDA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human Food Operations -