Security and the Supply Chain: An Important Relationship
When you think about security, you’re likely thinking about the role that video surveillance or access control plays in protecting a facility — not to mention a security operations center that serves as a centralized location to process incoming data from these sources and illicit a response. Rarely — if ever — does one stop to think about the role that the supply chain has on the day-to-day function of security.
But that’s all changing amidst a security landscape that has to incorporate even more basic methods for protecting people as they perform essential roles or return to work. Organizations are having to incorporate more processes and provide more resources for employees that help protect them from not only physical threats, but the threat of a spreading infection. Companies need certain resources to reopen safely, and when businesses don’t have access to these items because of a break in the supply chain, the safety of individuals can be compromised.
Over the last several weeks, the Food and Drug Administration has recalled 94 toxic hand sanitizers that contained dangerous levels of methanol and did not meet the safety requirements set forth by the regulatory body. This creates a real threat to businesses as they struggle to identify and locate the resources they need to reopen safely. But it goes beyond simply providing hand sanitizer on the counter. The primary function of managing a supply chain is to remain vigilant in providing consistent service levels to customers, as well as sourcing safe materials.
With this in mind, RAS Watch has partnered with Soapbox to help source safe, vetted and reliable hand sanitizers that are made in the U.S. in FDA-certified facilities and meet all FDA requirements. Soapbox was founded in 2010 with a simple mission: to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. The first bar of soap was made by Soapbox Founder David Simnick in his college apartment kitchen while attending American University.
For Soapbox, the organization’s mission has always been one of impact and using business power to drive social good; and the ongoing pandemic hasn’t diminished that. Each purchase of Soapbox products donates a bar of soap to someone in need, as well as education on proper hygiene. In fact, the organization has donated more than 10 million bars of soap this year (and counting). These bars of soap are made from recycled bars from hotels that have been shaved down, sanitized and reformed to make a brand new bar.
Simnick recently told Forbes that the company pivoted its product line during the COVID-19 pandemic to include hand sanitizer among its products and is now “poised to become a top 5 brand ranking right under Private Label, Purell and Germ-X.” The company “basically pivoted operations overnight to produced hand sanitizer that has quadrupled our business and our mission.” Now, with the challenges that so many companies are facing to source safe products, Soapbox continues to offer an alternative that is helping supply chain issues on a broader scale.
“Everything has changed with our company – virtually overnight – and that’s common for companies around the world. The RAS Watch team has added to its established services to help address the change its clients are facing by finding a number of ways to address the issues around supply chain and demand for their clients. The relationship we’ve established helps address these client needs,” said Simnick. “For both of us, the ability and willingness to stay nimble and be more innovative is what has allowed for both of our companies to address supply chain needs quickly.”
While the supply chain and security might not always go together, the safety of employees and visitors is propelling the two to move forward cohesively in an effort to protect the health and well-being of individuals across a facility. RAS Watch partners with a number of other brands that are delivering the necessary resources to businesses in the midst of pandemic-related challenges, including:
- A private lab that provides 24- to 48-hour testing turnaround on FDA-approved COVID tests
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suppliers both domestically and globally that provide vetted products, wipes and cleaning products
- Employee self-reporting portals that are HIPAA, EEOC and SO2 compliant.