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.

Allocation


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™ Clean Trace Surface Protein Allergen Test Swabs
  • Acetic Acid
  • Alconox Cleaning Reagents
  • Anticake – Cellulose Products
  • Aprons
  • Aseptic/Dairy Vials
  • Bathroom Cleaning Chemicals
  • Beard Covers
  • Boots
  • Carts
  • Centrifuge and Microcentrifuge Tubes
  • Citric Acid
  • Cleaning Accessories – Secondary Containers, Trigger Sprayers, and Bottles
  • Coveralls
  • Disinfectant Sprays
  • Dispensers
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Emulsion Solution Concentrate 1 L Bottle (SKU 534-3221)
  • Face Masks
  • Facial Tissue
  • Fan Covers
  • Footwear
  • General Janitorial Chemicals
  • Gowns
  • Hairnets/Bouffant Covers
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Hand Soaps
  • Inoculating Loops
  • Lab Coats
  • Labels
  • Laboratory Plastic and Glassware
  • M926 Nelson-Jameson Combined Acid Buffer
  • Nasco Milk Sample Ice Chest
  • Needles
  • Petri Dishes
  • Petrifilm
  • Phosphatase Test Reagents
  • Pipet Tips
  • Plastic Cups
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Plastic Security Seals
  • Potassium Chloride, 99.0-100.5 PCT
  • Puritain (Harwood) Swabs
  • Respirators
  • Retractable Markers
  • Serological Pipettes
  • Shoe & Boot Covers
  • Sleeve Protectors
  • Sponge Sticks
  • Surface Sanitizers
  • Syringes
  • THERMOTRACK Thermo Button Temperature Logger
  • Tilt Trucks
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Transfer Pipets
  • 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.

Janitorial/Sanitation Products

Supply continues to become more available. Some SKU’s are still on allocation.

Aerosols

Due to raw material and component shortages and delays, lead times could be extended up to 17 weeks.

Trigger Sprayers

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

Pleated Face Masks

Available to purchase, however the supply chain is strained. Substitutes are available. 

N95 Respirators

Many styles in stock and available.

Disposable Clothing

Many items are in stock and available to purchase, however the supply chain continues to be strained.

Footwear

Select styles of footwear are experiencing 6-8 week lead times. Substitutes are available. 

Gloves

3 to 5 mil nitrile gloves are more readily available in the market. There is an industry shortage for 2XL gloves as well as other sizes depending on the glove/manufacturer. We continue to encourage qualifying substitutions and monitoring usage when possible.

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.

Readily Available Items to Help Keep Your Employees Safe

We have items available to help move your business forward including face masks, hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, and more. Click here for additional information.

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 – COVID19questions@nelsonjameson.com

Supply Chain Challenges – https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-ports-see-shipping-logjams-likely-extending-far-into-2022-11630843202

Toolkit for Agricultural Businesses – https://datcp.wi.gov/PublishingImages/Pages/News_Media/Covid19/DATCP%20COVID-19%20Toolkit.pdf

Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

Dairy Processing Industry Guide – https://wisconsindairy.org/Dairy-Companies/covid-19/covid-19-processors

Employee Health – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

FDA- https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-supply-chain-update

USDA – https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus

OSHA – https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

FDA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human Food Operations – https://www.fda.gov/media/141141/download