What We're Reading: BDP Trendwatch Week 13

Coronavirus: India enters 'total lockdown' after spike in cases

The restrictions came into force at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for 21 days.

"There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes," Mr Modi said in a televised address.

He appealed for people not to panic - but crowds quickly mobbed stores in the capital, Delhi, and other cities.

Source: BBC


The impact of the coronavirus on global trade: Now and tomorrow

The coronavirus outbreak is having a serious ripple effect throughout global supply chains. Factories have shut down, product flow in many cases has come to a halt, and consumer purchases of all but the most essential items are plummeting. At the same time, importers and exporters are coping with the everyday problems of international trade. In this conversation with SupplyChainBrain Editor-in-Chief Bob Bowman, Richard Bolte, chairman and chief executive officer of global logistics provider BDP International, offers his views on the present and future state of trade.

Source: Supply Chain Brain


United, American Airlines begin cargo-only flights as rates double between Europe and US

As the number of global consumer flights dwindles, so does a large slice of the global airfreight capacity that existed in the belly of those passenger planes before COVID-19 brought the travel industry to a near halt in some countries. U.S. to EU routes are particularly affected, as belly cargo on passenger flights has taken a much larger share of total cargo capacity in the last 15 years.

Global total scheduled flight capacity was down 12.4% for the week of March 16, according to OAG. But capacity is much lower in countries hit hardest by the virus.

Source: Supply Chain Dive


How health systems are responding as COVID-19 squeezes the medical supply chain

The challenges in the coronavirus medical supply chain are now so familiar that the general public knows about personal protective equipment (PPE), N95 respirators and testing kits logistics. Consumers are even asked to fill supply gaps – with some hospitals requesting donations of spare N95 respirators from consumers' attics and garages, or donations of homemade masks.

Executive Director of Logistics at Indiana University Health (IU Health) Derrick L. Williams said his team jumped into action mid-January when it saw China's growing infection rates. "We automatically looked at it like Ebola, and said 'let's go ahead and put everybody on allocation now,'" he told Supply Chain Dive.

Source: Supply Chain Dive


Plastic essential to fight coronavirus, says association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) president and chief executive Tony Radoszewski has issued a statement requesting all local, state and federal governments to include plastic resin and plastic product manufacturers as ‘essential’ in order to stay open when Shelter in Place (seeking safety within the building one already occupies, rather than to evacuate the area or seek a community emergency shelter) orders are issued.

Source: Packaging News


Panama Canal's takes specific measures to combat coronavirus

The Panama Canal said it is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus outbreak and has adopted measures to protect its personnel and prevent further spread of the disease.

Arriving ships have been required to report if they have visited countries with confirmed cases prior to their arrival. This builds off, and has been followed by, a series of additional actions taken at the waterway.

Canal's inspection and control personnel work to ensure compliance with regulations on health and prevention of contagious diseases within its waters, said the canal authority's press release.

These inspections for contagious risk issues have been carried out for years and are required for all vessels that arrive in the Panama Canal waters.

Source: Asian Shipper