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Rheaply's Emergency Resource Exchange Platform

Distribute emergency resources efficiently to first responders and health care organizations through an online marketplace.

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Emergency Resource Exchange (ERx) is an adaption of Rheaply’s Asset Exchange Manager (AxM) designed specifically for the COVID-19 crisis. It is an online marketplace that allows users to post available supplies or make requests for supplies that are needed. In-app messaging allows users to connect based on what supplies have been posted or requests have been made. The purpose of ERx is to connect supply and demand across organizations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The platform seeks to increase visibility of shortages and availability of supplies/equipment, as well as increase efficiency of connecting those people and organizations.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Rheaply is focused on connecting suppliers and organizations in need during the COVID-19 crisis. There has been an incredible number of businesses pivoting their manufacturing to produce hand sanitizers, masks, gloves, etc. In some cases, this PPE is being produced in large quantities without clarity on where these new products should be delivered. Due to the sudden impact on our health care systems, an online marketplace to facilitate transactions, provide clarity on volume needs and create a database of surplus supplies, is a highly valuable solution. There is a lack of resources available highlighting where specific hospitals require more support than others. If supplies can be more quickly, and equally, distributed to those in need, it can help decrease risk significantly for all front-line workers.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

There are so many! One of our favourites is a company in Vancouver, Canada. They were producing pillows and dog beds, but are now manufacturing N95 respirators in Canada. The owner paid $600K for mask production machines from China, in cash. Article: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/covid-19-coquitlam-company-retools-will-be-first-in-canada-to-produce-n95-respirators/

What is your profession?

Solutions Manager (Sales)

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Technology

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your submission? Are you participating in these efforts?

While there are some organizations that are facilitating these conversations through community sharing, many are using excel spreadsheets and listserv to raise awareness about needs or supply across various geographies.

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