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262 | Strongest Link: Hotel procurement specialists keep supply chain connected

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the global supply chain.

With most whole goods and components coming from China, the U.S. hospitality industry began to scramble in January to keep the supplies coming.

Manufacturing has resumed in China as the crisis has reportedly eased there, but the outbreak has yet to reach its peak in the U.S.

As COVID-19 continues its rampage across the country, factories are closing or retooling to make medical supplies.

It’s a fluid situation that changes day by day and hospitality procurement specialists have been working to stay ahead of the COVID-19 wave and find manufacturers and suppliers that can deliver goods to hotels throughout the country.

In this episode, which is part of Lodging Leaders’ special report on the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the U.S. hospitality industry, we interviewed Alan Benjamin, a procurement specialist with Benjamin West, and Darlene Henke, a shipping and logistics expert with Audit Logistics.

We also feature sound bites of Anu Saxena of Hilton Supply Management who participated this week in an AAHOA webcast.

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