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Linda Rouse O’Neill on supply chain constraints: We need to expedite health care products

October 15, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Supply chain constraints have made transportation a health care issue, says Linda Rouse O’Neill of the Health Industry Distributors Association.  In September, when O’Neill was a guest on the HME News in 10 podcast, she said about 70 cargo ships were waiting off the coast of California, a 30% increase compared to last year.    “When you think about COVID and (the bottlenecks at) our West Coast ports...

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Distribution: Practice proactive, not reactive, purchasing

October 13, 2021Colton Mason

Q. Where did all the crutches go? A. According to a recent poll conducted by HME News, providers say they’re increasing on-hand inventory levels to try and combat supply chain disruptions. So, when an item like adult crutches goes on backorder with a big-name brand, providers start ordering up and clearing out the warehouses of other manufacturers for fear that they may not be able to procure that item in the short-term, in many cases, doubling the amount of inventory they are carrying on...

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Invacare implements new surcharges

August 31, 2021HME News Staff

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare informed its provider customers in a letter last week that it will be implementing surcharges on a select group of products effective Aug. 30 to help defray increasing freight rates.  On Oct. 11, the company will also be implementing a 10% price increase on select bed and manual wheelchair spare parts.  “Like all manufacturers around the globe, we have experienced numerous challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Joost Beltman,...

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