Protecting frontline healthcare workers are critical in fighting the virus but with global PPE supply chains squeezed by the ever-mounting demand, businesses should not only look at how to leverage their supply chains but also their existing product designs.
While firms can pivot their manufacturing facilities to produce needed products (e.g. LVMH repurposing cosmetics factory to produce hydroalcoholic gel), firms are ideating on how they can refurbish existing products into PPE. This leads to new PPE innovations and designs and efficiencies in manufacturing and distribution (i.e. pull from existing suppliers, channels, assets). Ultimately, this lessens the strain on the PPE supply chains while filling in local demand gaps.