Companies pledge practical support to tackle the impact of COVID-19

17-04-2020 | RS Components | Subs & Systems

RS Components and Allied Electronics and Automation have pledged support for distributors worldwide, reaching out to the supply chain to provide practical assistance with fulfilment as shipping channels come under increasing strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Group is supporting the requirements of customers, suppliers, employees and communities while executing business continuity plans. The health and wellbeing of employees and their families is crucial, as are supplies to critical services over the globe such as the public sector, food and beverage, power generation and utilities. RS collaborated promptly with supplier partner ebm-papst, for example, to fulfil an urgent demand for components by UK-based Kbiosystems, to assist in building new machines to test and develop vaccines.

In an unprecedented move, a letter to distributors and suppliers from CEO Lindsley Ruth outlines how he is extending the company’s emergency support plan to the broader distribution sector, to allow businesses to continue to deliver parts and provide that critical supplies do not come to a stop through this crisis.

Lindsley stressed: “In these unprecedented times, both personally and professionally, we must support one another in distribution, to do all we can to support our customers, many of whom are playing a critical role at this time.”

By responding quickly to the coronavirus outbreak, and through active engagement across its supply chain, companies have maintained a strong inventory and consistency of supply and are providing continuity plans across the globe, which remain open and are operating effectively.

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By Natasha Shek