Lauren DeWitt Thompson Joins Market Research Firm Alter Agents as Research Director

Strategic market research consultancy continues to grow with addition of five new staff members

LOS ANGELES, CA, October 26, 2020 / — Alter Agents, full-service strategic market research consultancy, has added Lauren DeWitt Thompson to its team as research director. Thompson will be instrumental in serving the firm’s growing client base, and overseeing deliverables for research projects.

Four other new employees have also joined Alter Agents: research managers Ryan Palmer, Adrienne Scotti and Roxanne Benoun, and senior research analyst Taryn Akiyoshi. All were brought on board to ensure a high level of client service as the company continues its swift expansion.

“We have always taken a people-first approach to our business, and the benefits of that mindset are clear as we continue to experience rapid growth, even during a time of uncertainty,” said Rebecca Brooks, CEO of Alter Agents. “We are thankful to engage talented people like Lauren and our other new employees to help us continue our hands-on, creative and strategic approach to projects. Building close partnerships with our clients is part of our ethos as a company, and each team member is a significant contributor to the success of this approach.”

Dewitt Thompson comes to Alter Agents with a strong background in the market research industry. She has served in both research manager and analyst roles during her career, including as senior research manager at Murphy Research. Her additional experience in marketing gives her a unique perspective as to how research insights are being used for decision making at client companies.

With the addition of these six new staff members, Alter Agents has nearly doubled its total number of employees over the past year.

About Alter Agents
Alter Agents is a full-service market research consultancy reimagining research in the age of the constant change. With a long history of brand strategy and communications experience, the company focuses on collaborating with brands to reveal consumer needs, priorities, and context. Alter Agents specializes in reframing the context for consumer research to yield powerful insights for its clients, including brand giants such as Snapchat, YouTube, Activision, Viking Cruises, and many more. More at @Alter_Agents


Marie Melsheimer
Campbell Consulting
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COVID-19 Gun Safety Survey: Increased Fear of Bodily Harm Driving Massive Gun Sales

Since March, Majority of Single Buyers Purchased Multiple Guns, Increased Training

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — SecureIt Tactical, the largest supplier of weapons storage systems to the U.S. military and a leading civilian gun storage and education company, today released the results of its COVID-19 gun safety survey. The survey found that gun sales are being driven by the need for personal safety, compelling most respondents to buy two or more firearms, and in nearly a quarter of cases, four or more.

“Gun safety and buying habits were the focus of our COVID-19 firearm trend survey where we polled more than 1,100 gun owners from around the country to get their take on how and why they are buying, storing and training with their weapons,” said Tom Kubiniec, president and CEO of SecureIt Tactical. “What we found is that they don’t want to be victims and are taking serious steps to prevent that from ever happening.

“One of the takeaways is that SecureIt’s message of decentralized storage and the use of smaller modular gun safes over old fashioned bid heavy safes is catching on,” said Kubiniec. “Many people keep their guns in a variety of places to prevent theft, keep kids safe and to allow for fast access in times of emergency.”

Key Survey Takeaways:

Personal Safety: Compared to one year ago, a strong majority (74.4 percent) of respondents said they were either much more or somewhat more concerned with personal safety. And nearly half (47 percent) bought guns for protection.

Additional Training: An equally strong majority (74.1 percent) of owners plan on taking additional gun safety courses and/or practice time at the range. 97.6 percent have already taken some form of training.

Gun Buying: About half of respondents (49 percent) have made one or more gun purchases since the lockdowns began in March. A majority (61.7 percent) bought two or more guns and of that number, nearly a quarter (22.3 percent) bought four or more firearms. Types of firearms bought were a majority long guns (57.6 percent) with the rest being handguns.

Gun Safes: Only a minority (12 percent) believe gun safe manufacturers are always truthful in their fire protection and safety claims. An even smaller number (nine percent) believe their guns will always be protected in a traditional gun safe during a fire.

Storage Locations: Gun owners store their firearms in a variety of places. Top spots include:
– Office (79 percent)
– Basement (79 percent)
– Vehicle (72 percent)
– Guest Room (72 percent)
– Hall Closet (71 percent)
– Garage (70 percent)
– Master Bedroom (60 percent)

The entire survey can be viewed here. 1,128 people from across the United States participated.

About SecureIt Tactical
SecureIt specializes in civilian gun storage and education for gun owners across the nation with the goal to improve lives through safety and better preparation. The company is also the largest supplier of weapons storage units to the U.S. military. More info at

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Razor Sharp PR
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Current and Former Credible Employees File Class and Collective Action to Recover Unpaid Overtime

Credible faces allegations of violating federal labor law by misclassifying certain workers as salaried and exempt from overtime

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — On October 15, 2020, current and former employees (“Plaintiffs”) of Credible Behavioral Health Software, Inc. (“Credible”) filed a class and collective action lawsuit against their former employer in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Case No.: 8:20-cv-02986-PJM). Plaintiffs allege that Credible violated the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) and seek to recover unpaid overtime wages.

Credible supplies behavioral health technology and practice management software to various healthcare providers. Plaintiffs worked as Partner Services Coordinators for Credible and were paid an annual salary for their work. Plaintiffs allege that Credible violated the wage and hour provisions of the FLSA by intentionally misclassifying them as salaried employees, which resulted in their failure to receive overtime wages. Plaintiffs allege that they routinely worked over forty (40) hours per week without receiving proper overtime compensation (“time-and-a-half”).

Plaintiffs were primarily responsible for routine technical support. They had to respond to multiple inquiries from clients each day and help them resolve basic issues with their software. In the Complaint, Plaintiffs allege that their duties were routine in nature. They claim that they were given a voluminous amount of work, despite not receiving compensation for their additional time worked. Plaintiffs allege that their experiences were similar to other Partner Services Coordinators.

Additional information regarding how other salaried Partner Service Coordinators who work or worked for Credible can join this case can be found here, or by calling the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl at 410-244-7005.

The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl represent the Plaintiffs in this matter and are recognized as leaders in the field of wage and hour litigation and have successfully handled numerous class and collective action lawsuits across the country. We are committed to vigorously representing employees whose rights have been violated.

Media contact information: (410) 244-7005

Benjamin L. Davis III
The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl
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Formerly Incarcerated Get Empowerment and Free Training Through Workshop in Business Opportunities


Workshop in Business Opportunities

WIBO and Gutenstein Family Foundation are expanding an entrepreneurial training program for formerly incarcerated nationwide.

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — The Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) is proud to announce that with support from the Gutenstein Family Foundation, it is expanding the Gutenstein Family Foundation ReEntry program for formerly incarcerated individuals to participate in WIBO’s 10-week entrepreneur program “How to Build a Growing Profitable Business” nationally. The program has always been free to recently incarcerated men and women in New York and the other cities where WIBO has affiliate partners. The Gutenstein grant will allow WIBO to offer the program across the country to recently incarcerated people for free.

Since the workshops are entirely online at this time, like all of WIBO’s current offerings, the workshops are available to anyone, in any city. By equipping them with the skills they need to channel their passions and talents into their own new businesses, WIBO levels the playing field for people recently released from prison, helping them create better lives for themselves and their families. The first fall 2020 module began the week of October 19th To apply for the WIBO 10-week entrepreneur program go to

Recidivism rates for previously incarcerated persons are as high as 65% across the United States. Among the hurdles that individuals face upon re-entering society, the most significant may be the fact that many employers are still uncomfortable in hiring people who have been in jail. As financial stability is an essential step in building a new life, the importance of finding ways to clear this hurdle cannot be underestimated. Now, with the covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc everywhere, people who have just been released from prison face even bigger challenges.

For over 50 years, the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) has offered its flagship program in “How to Build a Growing Profitable Business,” with more than 18,000 graduates. Since 2016, WIBO has offered the Gutenstein Re-Entry Program, named for the Gutenstein Family in honor of their commitment. WIBO offers full scholarships to recently incarcerated people to attend.

The re-entry program’s impact on graduates is clear: DialloRafik Madison signed up for WIBO in 2010, and not only did he go on to found T&D Paralegal Services, he became a guest speaker at the workshops and was honored at the Recognize the Real Ceremony by Sheneese Starr and LyToya as well as citation from Senator Bill Perkins and endorsement from Judge Greg Mathis for his outstanding achievements and community service. Mr. Madison is currently going to school to complete his law degree.

The re-entry program effectively reduces recidivism by creating successful entrepreneurs, who in turn hire other formerly incarcerated people for a profound ripple effect. Entrepreneurs strengthen communities through economic empowerment, and business ownership is the number one way to create generational wealth that can be passed down to future generations. In the future, WIBO plans to expand the workshops to be taught at halfway houses and at state prisons even prior to persons’ release.

Launched in 1966 by the late Walter Geier (a sales and marketing training consultant for Fortune 500 companies) and Mal Woolfolk (a legendary Black lawyer and advisor to the Harlem political elite), WIBO was the nation’s first comprehensive entrepreneurship program – nuts-and-bolts training designed to help people from low-income and minority communities build growing, profitable businesses. Since its founding, WIBO has graduated more than 18,000 entrepreneurs, 75 percent of whom launched their businesses within a year of completing the course. Further, 42 percent of businesses saw an increase in revenue after participating in WIBO. Some graduates have been running their businesses for more than 25 years, a testament to the WIBO’s long-term value.

For further information about WIBO programs or the organization, call 646-400-0566 or email

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Workshop in Business Opportunities, Inc. WIBO
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Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne Relaunches Website With A Fresh New Look

Dog going through pet door

Pet doors can prove invaluable for people at home with their pets

Relaunch of the Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne website, and the services the company offers.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, October 26, 2020 / — Popular Melbourne based business Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne has relaunched it's website with a new updated look. "It was time for a fresh look," said Sean Taylor, the founder of the business, "but we have kept our upfront package prices as this is what our customers love." The pet door installation business offers package prices which includes supply and installation of the pet doors. They specialise in pet door installations into both timber doors and security doors, and have been installing pet doors for almost ten years.

The company carries two main brands – Ideal Pet Doors and Petway Pet Doors. “We generally use these two brands because we have found them to be the strongest and most durable,” Sean advised. The Petway products are made from a heat resistant thermoplastic, which is ideal for the hot Australian summers; and are manufactured in Australia.

The Petway Pet Doors make pet doors for both timber doors and security doors. People can also have the pet doors aligned into both. “We align the pet doors so the dog or cat can easily get through both doors and out into the backyard,” Mr Taylor added.

Installing pet doors for a variety of people made Sean realize that there were many reasons people wanted an installation service. “Some people don’t have the tools or the experience,” he said, “or sometimes people are just really busy – so it’s handy for them to have a service where a pet door can be installed within an hour or two.”

Sean has noticed that due to the onset of COVID19, there has been a significant increase in the number of people working from home, and that this has led to an increase in the amount of people getting new pets. “More people are getting pets during this period – especially people living by themselves. I think that people working from home are missing socialising – it’s important for people to have company. Our pets make great companions.”

As such, Sean has found that more people are having pet doors installed. “There especially seems to be an increase in people getting dogs. The installation of a dog door makes the pet owner’s life much easier – it allows the dog to be free to play and exercise whenever they want” Sean said.

Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne services both the Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula area, and provides pet door installations on both weekdays and weekends

Sean Taylor
Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne
401 288 846
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Tarps Now® Increases Commitment to Industrial Grade Heavy Duty Tarps

Anticipated increases in Infrastructure Spending creates catalyst for Company to Increase Offerings of Industrial Grade Tarp Covering Products

ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — Tarps Now® is pleased to announce expansion to its industrial grade lineup of Heavy Duty Tarps and Covers expanding the number of lines of heavy tarps and coverings engineered to meet the needs of Contractors, Trucking, Aerospace, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Warehousing industries.

Noting increased demand in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contractors throughout the North American construction marketplace, Tarps Now® is preparing for sharp increases in demand anticipated in connection with forthcoming stimulus legislation, as well as infrastructure spending.

Special focus is being applied to meeting the needs of EPC contractors who are actively engaged in completing turn-key projects, Tarps Now® has engineered its business model to rapidly process custom order flows. EPC contractors require accurate cost quotes, rapid order processing and deliveries of heavy duty tarp and covering products used to develop and construct a wide range of facilities serving heavy industry, renewable energy projects, highway construction projects, electric utility transmission projects, oil and gas pipelines, and many other types of industrial and residential community construction projects.

Tarps Now® Construction Industry Tarp Covering Products Include:

About Tarps Now®

Tarps Now® features an extensive online catalog of heavy duty tarps, canvas tarps, poly tarps, custom tarps, vinyl tarps and industrial divider curtains. As specialists in custom canvas and vinyl tarps, they are the low-price leaders in their category. The company offers the convenience of fast, easy, online ordering as well as a knowledgeable staff to guide customers through the specification process insuring their project will be completed on time and in budget. Tarps Now® has the experience and scale to insure customer specifications are carefully followed and expectations exceeded for every project, large or small.

Michael Dill
Tarps Now, Inc.
+1 8888001383
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Lucas Llado joins Rope Partner as Vice President of Business Development

Lucas Llado is joining Rope Partner as Vice President of Business Development

SANTA CRUZ, CA, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — Rope Partner, an international leader in wind turbine blade repair, inspection and performance-enhancing services, announced today that Lucas Llado is joining their team as Vice President of Business Development. Lucas brings nearly two decades of international experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the wind industry to world-class results in both manufacturing and field service environments. In this new role, he will be responsible for all commercial activities, including client development and launching new lines of business.

Lucas joins the Rope Partner team from Spain-based Grupo Dominguis Energy Services (GDES) where for the past 7 years he was the USA Country Manager – Wind Blade Services Division. In this role, he was responsible for the launch and expansion of the company into the North American wind services market. He developed and oversaw all aspects of the domestic business operations including building the customer base, overseeing operations and building up a talented team that successfully exceeded targets year on year.

“Rope Partner has an unequaled reputation for quality and safety in delivering blade and rope access services to the global wind industry,” said Lucas Llado. “This new position will give me the opportunity to leverage my industry experience to support the company’s continued growth, both domestically and internationally.”

“As we look to the future, it’s clear the wind industry will continue to accelerate the energy transition,” said Eric Stanfield, CEO of Rope Partner. “Amid these unique times, we are leaning into the opportunity in front of us by growing our team to continue building our world-class service offering. I am confident that Lucas’ expertise will only further support our growth in the coming years.”

In January 2020, Rope Partner announced a new investment from funds advised by Magnesium Capital LLP to support the company’s continued work to provide the market with the high-quality services critical to supporting and accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.

About Rope Partner
Headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, Rope Partner is the premier provider of wind turbine maintenance, repair, and inspection services requiring specialized access approaches. Over the last two decades, its rapid-response WindCorps™ technicians have completed several thousand projects for essentially all the major manufacturers and wind farm owners. Applying safe, cost-effective and environmentally appropriate practices, Rope Partner works in partnership with its customers to increase turbine availability and operational longevity. Learn more at

Lauren Glickman
RenewComm LLC
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Life Insurance Company Won't Pay Claim

Personal Injury Attorneys

Sometimes life insurance claims for a loved one who has passed are denied. HGSK is here to explain why the claim might be denied and what you can do about it.

The death of a loved one is already challenging. Let us deal with the insurance company so you can focus on their memory instead.”

— James C. Haggerty

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — No one ever reads the fine print until it’s too late. In this case, it can really save you the headache when you first purchase your life insurance policy, but if you’re already dealing with a denied claim, our bad faith insurance attorneys might be able to help.

There are 4 common reasons for a life insurance company to deny your claim:

1. Policy Delinquency – In this case, the policyholder may have failed to pay premiums on time which has caused the policy to lapse. It may seem like a final decision, but it is possible that the insurance company is the one responsible, so don’t just take their word for it.

2. Material Misrepresentation – This would have occurred on the original application for the life insurance policy. If the policyholder didn’t answer questions regarding medical history, smoking, or weight accurately, the insurance company can deny the claim. Other common examples of misrepresentation include lying about your income, failure to mention treatments for minor ailments, or non-disclosure of another life insurance policy.

3. Contestable Circumstances – When death falls outside the scope of the life insurance policy, it’s considered a contestable circumstance to protect the insurance company from fraud. At the same time, death is unpredictable. In Pennsylvania, the contestability timeframe is 2 years from the policy’s effective date meaning that if the policyholder dies within this period, the insurance company has the right to deny the claim. Other contestable circumstances include death by suicide, acts of war, dangerous hobbies such as mountain climbing, or health perils such as HIV.

4. Documentation Failure – The beneficiaries or family members of the policyholder have neglected to provide the necessary documentation in order to receive the life insurance benefit. In order to start the process, insurers need at least the death certificate to move forward.

What Should You Do If Your Claim Is Denied

If you have received the initial denial letter from the insurance company, the first step is to understand why you are being denied. If you find that the letter is lacking in details, contact the insurance company to request additional information around the objections to payment.

If you have evidence to the contrary to their objection, you can file an appeal with the insurance company. At this point, getting help from legal representation will help you focus on grieving while the legal aspect is handled. You can get help from the state’s department of insurance or attorney general, or an insurance appeal specialist. Alternatively, you can hire a bad faith insurance attorney to handle your case. In either situation, you need to be comfortable with who you will work with to receive the death benefit.

If you've been denied a death benefit for your loved one, you need the assistance of an experienced bad faith insurance lawyer. At Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C, we will help you navigate through the legal process and fight for the benefits that you deserve. Contact our dedicated legal team at (267) 350-6600 to find out more information about our legal services and how we can help.

+++++ Disclaimer+++++ This press release is considered advertising and does not constitute any client-attorney privilege and does not offer any advice or opinion on any legal matter. This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC a digital marketing, Public Relations, advertising, and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA.

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Types of Cases that Fall Under Personal Injury Law

Personal Injury Attorneys

There are several different types of personal injury cases, and the Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys at HGSK will outline them here for you.

The types of cases included under personal injury can vary widely, but it’s our job to educate and help our clients know their rights so they receive the compensation they deserve.”

— James C. Haggerty

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — Throughout our lives, most of us have experienced our fair share of scratches, cuts, bruises, and other types of injuries. While some of them are due to no fault of our own, the injury could be a result of faulty products or negligence of ownership whether it’s a dog bite or a vehicular accident. When you are injured due to the negligence of others, these types of injuries are considered a personal injury.

Accidents happen, but if you can prove the accident and injury resulted in someone’s negligence, you may have a potential personal injury case. With more than 30 million people being injured in the United States in just a single year, most of which require some sort of medical treatment if not hospitalization, these types of cases are becoming more common with little known about how to initiate their claim.

The types of cases included under the personal injury umbrella are lengthy, but we will cover the most common types so that you are aware in case you or a loved one experiences this type of injury.

Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents

According to the CDC, about 3 million people are non-fatally injured in road accidents each year in the United States, costing more than $75 billion in medical care costs just in 2017. Despite the safety precautions that have been implemented, road accidents are still unavoidable, because many drivers are too distracted by other outside factors. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists are affected by these distractions, which can sometimes be fatal. Most of the time, these accidents are caused by someone’s carelessness and negligence in operating the vehicle safely.

When driving, we are often consumed by our own hectic schedule, mood, and stubbornness, and this often leads to errors in judgment. While a fender bender isn’t a big deal, more severe accidents can leave victims disabled physically, mentally, and, in extreme cases, resulting in death. Compensation is mostly awarded to those affected, and it’s the guilty party’s responsibility to cover all the damages incurred.

Medical Malpractice

You go to your doctor with the intent of receiving proper treatment for an illness, but unfortunately, there are times when medical providers are negligent and make errors that could have been avoided. These errors can range from an incorrect diagnosis, wrong medicine prescribed, mistakes during surgery or childbirth, delay in treatment, and many others.

The results of these mistakes are usually severe physical incapabilities which in some cases, can last for a lifetime. As a result, these individuals are victimized by these mistakes made by the doctor and have no choice but to exercise their rights by hiring a medical malpractice lawyer.

Crime and Abuse Injuries

At times, we unknowingly become a part of a situation that we never expected such as a robbery, sexual assault, or abuse from a trusted provider. If you have experienced any of these types of crimes, you can pursue a personal injury case. Child and elder abuse also fall under personal injury laws.

Premises Liability

In this case, you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property or land due to a dangerous or defective condition. These accidents can happen on commercial property such as retail stores, as well as residential property including your neighbor’s home or swimming pool. A range of defective or dangerous conditions can lead to slips, trips, falls, dog bites, among others. It is important for you to document and report the accident, including the dangerous or defective condition that caused the accident, as soon as you can so that a personal injury attorney can help you protect your rights throughout the legal process.

Products Liability

Defective products can pose a variety of risks to our health. When you think about it, it’s rather ironic when you consider the number of 'safe' products available on the market today. Some commonly harmful products include prescription drugs, food, consumer products, children’s toys and furniture, defective vehicle parts or medical device, and toxic materials and chemicals. Though the resulting effects from these products can be mild for many individuals, it can severely affect others. In these cases, the responsible parties can be individuals, businesses, or government agencies who created, designed, or manufactured the defective product.

If you've been a victim of any of these types of personal injury accidents, you need the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C, we will help you navigate through the legal process and fight for the compensation that you deserve. Contact our dedicated legal team at (267) 350-6600 to find out more information about our legal services and how we can help.

+++++ Disclaimer+++++ This press release is considered advertising and does not constitute any client-attorney privilege and does not offer any advice or opinion on any legal matter. This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC a digital marketing, Public Relations, advertising, and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA.

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Are Shifting Supply Chain Dynamics Disrupting your Manufacturing Operations?

custom furniture for educational classroom or library

Mobile furniture solutions from Formaspace make it easy to reconfigure layouts in accordance with the new social distancing guidelines from OSHA and the CDC. Shown above is custom furniture that’s suitable for educational classroom or library use.

protective health shield

Formaspace Protective Health Shield

protective workbench screen

Formaspace Protective Workbench Screen

custom workbench for restaurants

Formaspace manufactured this custom workbench for the quick-serve restaurant chain McDonald’s. Twelve monitor screens can be mounted on the back frame, providing managers with an instantaneous overview of a restaurant’s operations.

Covid-19 pandemic has put tremendous demands on supply chains. Take a look at how manufacturers are working to meet these challenges and keep up with demand.

The sudden switch in demand away from restaurants and traditional food-service operators to home cooks caught the food supply chain off guard and has led to spot shortages of many popular ingredients.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2020 / — Changing Demand For Products Is Causing Supply Chain Disruptions And Spot Shortages In Raw Materials

The coronavirus pandemic has not only been a stark reminder of the importance of public health measures, it’s also taught manufacturers around the world some brutal lessons in operations management as sudden shifts in demand have suddenly turned supply chains upside down.

We begin our look at the effect that burgeoning demand due to Covid-19 can have on manufacturing operations with something that’s close to home for Formaspace: the production of transparent barriers to protect employees at work.

New CDC Guidelines For Reopening Businesses And Schools Is Driving High Demand For Transparent Shields That Help Protect Against Virus Transmission
As business offices, manufacturing facilities, bars and restaurants, K-12 schools, and universities around the country begin to reopen after an extended Covid-19 lockdown, OSHA and the CDC have issued updated guidelines designed to keep people safe at work.

These newly issued recommendations include wearing masks and incorporating social distancing measures at work.

To comply with these new guidelines, business owners and facility managers are making significant changes to their interior floor plans, such as moving desks and tables further apart.

In cases where it’s not possible to establish a 6-foot separation between workers, the CDC and OSHA recommend taking the following action:

“Install transparent shields (such as clear plastic sneeze guards) or other physical barriers where possible to separate employees and visitors where social distancing is not an option.”

Where Can I Find The Latest CDC And OSHA Recommendations?

Here are the primary guidance websites from the CDC and OSHA:

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

In addition, the CDC has detailed guidelines for:

• Childcare, Schools, and Youth Programs

• Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning

• Manufacturing

• Meat and Poultry Processing

• Office Buildings

• Restaurants and Bars

Formaspace Shield Products Can Help You Comply With CDC And OSHA Covid-19 Guidelines

If you’re looking for ways to protect people at your business facility, office, manufacturing plant, laboratory, distribution center, or educational facility, we can help.

Formaspace offers three popular options to help you comply with CDC and OSHA Covid-19 guidelines. We can also build custom furniture solutions to meet your unique specifications at our Austin, Texas factory headquarters.

Formaspace Protective Health Shield

If you need to modify your existing workbenches or desks to comply with OSHA or CDC guidelines, the Protective Health Shield is the right choice. It features high walls made of durable HDPE designed to create physical barriers between people.

Formaspace Protective Workbench Screen

The Formaspace Protective Workbench Screen mounts to new or existing installations of our Basix and Benchmarx workstations* to provide a transparent barrier across the full back width. It mounts directly to the rear struts of the workbench, and no tools are required for installation.

(*Kits for Basix workstations include vertical frame upgrades required to mount the Protective Workbench Screens.)

Formaspace Counter Sneeze Guard

If you have personnel who work directly with the public, such as bank tellers, cashiers, or office workers, the Formaspace Counter Sneeze Guard will provide protection during face-to-face interactions. These tall transparent barriers can be customized as well; for example, you can specify pass-through slots for handling paperwork or making cash transactions.

Are The New CDC And OSHA Regulations Creating Raw Material Shortages In The Transparent Plastics Market?

In what may be an all-too-familiar refrain, the Coronavirus pandemic may be responsible for yet another raw material product shortage.

Thanks to these new CDC and OSHA regulations requiring transparent barriers, the demand for transparent plastic has sent shockwaves through the supply chain.

Manufacturers, including Formaspace, have been facing delivery slowdowns in receiving raw material supplies of professional-quality transparent acrylic plastics (including the brand name Lexan), PMMA plastics (such as the brand name Plexiglas), as well as sheets of other transparent polymers, including polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate-glycol (PET-G).

In response, professional quality plastics manufacturers, such as Germany’s Röhm (the inventor of Plexiglas), have stepped up production shifts to operate around-the-clock to meet the newfound surge in demand.

Unfortunately, in addition to spot shortages of high-quality plastic products, there has been a rise in unscrupulous low-quality plastic materials coming onto the market to take advantage of the current conditions. Many of these transparent plastic products are brittle, scratch easily, produce noxious fumes (due to chemical off-gassing), and are susceptible to yellowing discoloration when exposed to light. As a result, purchasers need to educate themselves before specifying products that incorporate plastic components. Your Formaspace Design Consultant can assist you in making informed decisions.

The Shift From Restaurant Sales To Home Consumer Purchases Has Turned The Food Supply Chain Upside Down

Meanwhile, the food distribution supply chain has faced its own set of unique challenges.

Restaurants and institutional food-service operators (including school cafeterias) were the largest single purchasers of our nation’s food products prior to the Coronavirus outbreak.

However, with the advent of the Covid-19 lockdown, demand suddenly switched. With restaurants and food-service cafeterias closed, consumers (many of whom now found themselves working at home) began preparing home-cooked meals in record numbers.

This, in turn, created a major shock to the food supply chain.

The sudden switch in demand away from restaurants and traditional food-service operators to home cooks caught the food supply chain off guard and has led to spot shortages of many popular ingredients, including flour and yeast (home bread baking has set all-time high records) as well as produce.

Supply chain managers have had to untangle the same kind of logistics issues that deviled one of the first product logistics casualties of Coronavirus: the supply of toilet paper. The reason is the same; food products destined for restaurants are sold in bulk by wholesaler distributors, while products destined for retail consumer sales are generally sold in a parallel, separate distribution chain that focuses on smaller consumer product packaging. Adding to the overall disruption is the sudden rise in demand for home grocery delivery, which adds yet another wrinkle to an already stressed food supply chain.

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Source: EIN Presswire