The health and safety of our clients and employee-owners is the priority for everyone at GO2 Partners. As such, we continue to monitor updates on COVID-19 to minimize risk for our stakeholders while delivering the best possible service and commitment to our customers.

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LATEST UPDATE: 4.20.2020

On February 10, 2020, Go2 Partners initiated a process of continuous investigation of our supply chain for all major product categories.  The team consists of seven members, whose responsibility consists of inquiring with both primary, secondary, and tertiary suppliers, and compiling the input received into a proprietary cross-referenced database.  Our findings as of this date are summarized as follows:

Update on the GO2 Work Environment and COVID-19 Readiness

4.20.20

Overview: As your supplier of various products and services, we know that we have an obligation to be ready when you need us and to keep you informed about the global supply chain that may impact the availability of products you consider critical.  We have specific product categories updates listed adjacent to this message.  These reports will be kept current as the situations change.

In terms of our own ability to perform during this challenging time, we are pleased to report the following:

  1. All of ten of our offices are open and fully staffed, while our employees are working from home.
  2. None of our employees have reported having the Coronavirus.
  3. Because of school closings and other personal and local matters, we are requiring all office employees to work from home. Their performance has been excellent.
  4. All of our employees have a company laptop and a secure VPN internet access at home. Despite the local or state quarantine, we are prepared to serve our clients without interruption.
  5. In the event that some of our employees become seriously ill, we have cross trained all key positions so that we can continue to serve our clients.
  6. In our offices, when we return, we will be practicing cleanliness steps recommended by the CDC, and are keeping a safe distance from each other.

We feel we are prepared to respond to this threat, and like all Americans, we hope that our careful planning will be viewed in hindsight as inconvenient but necessary.  Better safe than sorry!


Update on the Apparel Supply Chain and COVID-19 Readiness 

4.20.20

Overview: To date, we have experienced no significant interruption in supply or change in prices due to work stoppages caused by the Coronavirus.  Our short-term (three months) looking forward view is that we have some concerns regarding supply chain interruptions and price changes.  Because of existing inventories of raw materials and shipments of certain components already in transit from China, we are not expecting a significant problem arising from China.  However, any continuing widespread government ordered quarantine in the U.S. could be harmful to all business transactions. 

Beyond that time period, however, our ability to make predictions is subject to a greater degree of uncertainty.  Our preventive work now is focused on identifying the raw material components traditionally sourced in China and elsewhere, and monitoring their weekly output.  In some cases, we are requesting our primary and secondary suppliers to review their current suppliers to allocate business to countries currently less affected by the Coronavirus. 

U.S.:

The supply chain for the apparel that we provide to our clients is heavily weighted on the manufacturing base in foreign countries.  There are some U.S. made apparel products, and those factories are scattered throughout the nation, and are operating.  There are some components used by these manufacturers which have also been manufactured in China and elsewhere.  So far, we have not experienced any meaningful delays in production of apparel, and it has been reported that most workers in these U.S. apparel factories are at their jobs.  The possibility certainly exists that if widespread quarantining continues by state or local government, our supply chain could be negatively affected. 

China and Elsewhere: 

As has been reported in the national and industry media, the situation in China is volatile, and the veracity of reports from China are always subject to questioning.  It appears that many Chinese workers have been released from their quarantine and are returning to work.  If that trend continues, that will allow the supply of products from China to return to a more normal state.  Longer term predictions of output from Chinese factories are of uncertain value, however actions to alternately source certain components elsewhere is where we are concentrating our efforts.

Materials:

Most apparel products consist of distinct components, like fabric, dyes, buttons, zippers, etc.  For most apparel items, these components have been manufactured in China.  Prior to the Coronavirus work stoppages, the supply chain for these components was reasonably safe and consistent.  Today, these components are the more uncertain ingredients in the apparel products. 

Our manufacturing partners in China and their American distributors have continued to assure us that they are experiencing only minor delays in shipments.  We have a long pipeline, orders were in transit before the Coronavirus struck, and we always carry significant inventories.  We are also looking to source some of these apparel items in other low cost countries, however we know that we must not sacrifice product quality.  Ours is an on-going search for additional suppliers.

Our strategy is to:

  1. Increase vigilance of output from affected areas
  2. Increase inventories and lead times for ordering all critical products that may be affected by any reduction in global output.
  3. Search for suitable fabric and apparel suppliers from other countries.
  4. Full transparency in reporting to our customers.

Primary Suppliers to U.S. Locations:

GO2 Partners directly provides the majority of the embroidery, inspection and packaging of the apparel we market in the U.S., and these facilities are open  We receive some apparel items in bulk directly from our overseas plants, and some from U.S. based distributors.  There has been no impact on their delivery performance to date.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the secondary sewing operations and tertiary suppliers overseas, or a more widespread infection rate within the U.S.  Our own facility and our manufacturing partners have made assurances that they are exercising prudent precautions as suggested by the WHO and CDC in an effort to protect their employees.  The good news is that we have a very widely diverse supply base for apparel products.

Secondary Suppliers to our U.S. Primary Suppliers:

Fabric, dyes, buttons, zippers, etc.  For shipments to the US, close to 100% of our primary supply chain for these materials is based overseas.  So far, there has been no impact on their delivery performance.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the tertiary suppliers or a major shutdown of all U.S. businesses.

Tertiary Suppliers to our U.S. Secondary Suppliers:

Chemicals and other ingredients used to make certain materials:  Most raw materials used in the production of apparel are made overseas, and none are reporting significant supply interruptions so far.  Because of inventories, there are no reported shortages as of now, however resourcing efforts are underway to ensure that non-Chinese supplies will be available.  These alternate sources of supply may come at a higher cost.


Update on the Label Supply Chain and COVID-19 Readiness 

4.20.20

Overview: To date, we have not experienced any interruption in supply or change in prices due to work stoppages caused by the Coronavirus.  However we have been told by many raw material suppliers, that lead times are being extended, and allocations are being discussed.  Our short-term (three months) looking forward view is that we have some concerns regarding supply chain interruptions and price changes. 

Because of existing inventories of domestically made raw materials, and shipments of certain components already in transit from China, we are not expecting a significant problem arising.  However, the widespread government ordered quarantine in the U.S. has extended some lead times.  Beyond that time period, however, our ability to make predictions is subject to a greater degree of uncertainty. 

Our preventive work now is focused on identifying the raw material components traditionally sourced in China and elsewhere, and monitoring their weekly output.  In some cases, we are requesting our primary and secondary suppliers to review their current suppliers to allocate business to countries currently less affected by the Coronavirus.  Since all our labels used in the US are converted in the US, our close relationships with our domestic manufacturing partners is working well.  GO2 is a very large provider of labels, and our material and production requirements are being met.  

U.S.:

Our entire supply chain for the labels that we provide to our clients is heavily weighted on the US manufacturing base, and that base of factories is scattered throughout the nation.  These strategically selected suppliers are large manufacturers, with substantial resources, and significant leverage in the marketplace.  There are, however, some components used by the U.S. manufacturers which have been manufactured in China and elsewhere.  We have not experienced any delays in production of labels.  Label material suppliers and converters are all deemed “Essential”, and therefore our supply chain has been unaffected. 

China and Elsewhere: 

As has been reported in the national and industry media, the situation in China is volatile, and the veracity of reports from China are always subject to questioning.  It appears that many Chinese workers have been released from their quarantine and are returning to work.  If that trend continues, that will allow the supply of products from China to return to a more normal state.  Longer term predictions of output from Chinese factories are of uncertain value, however actions to alternately source certain components elsewhere is where we are concentrating our efforts.

Materials:

Most labels consist of seven distinct layers of materials, plus ink.  Except for the face coating of Direct Thermal labels, all of these layers are manufactured in the US.  However, each of these layers may consist of several chemical compounds that are critical to product performance, and which may be supplied from China.  Prior to the Coronavirus work stoppages, the supply chain for these chemical components was reasonably safe and consistent.  Today, these chemical components are the more uncertain ingredients in the label products.  Our manufacturing partners have continued to assure us that they are not experiencing any delays in shipments.

Our strategy is to:

  1. Increase vigilance of output from affected areas
  2. Increase inventories and lead times for ordering all critical products that may be affected by any reduction in global output.
  3. Full transparency in reporting to our customers.

Primary Suppliers to U.S. Locations:

  1. Label converters: For shipments to the US, 100% of our primary supply chain is domestic. There has been no impact on their delivery performance to date.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the tertiary suppliers or a widespread infection rate within the U.S.  Our manufacturing plants have made assurances that they are exercising prudent precautions as suggested by the CDC in an effort to protect their employees.  As of today, it is impossible to predict how much the COVID-19 virus will affect each of the approximately 40 manufacturing plants we use.  The good news is that we have deep relationships with a very widely diverse supply base for labels.

Secondary Suppliers to our U.S. Primary Suppliers:

  1. Label Laminators: Avery-Dennison, Ricoh, Mactac, UPM Raflatac. For shipments to the US, 100% of our primary supply chain is domestic.  Therefore, there has been no impact on their delivery performance so far.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the tertiary suppliers or a major shutdown of all U.S. businesses, which seems unlikely.
  2. Packaging: Multiple carton and Gaylord manufacturers. For shipments to the US, 100% of our primary supply chain is domestic.  Therefore, there has been no impact on their delivery performance so far.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the tertiary suppliers.

Tertiary Suppliers to our U.S. Secondary Suppliers:

  1. Paper Facestock: All domestic, and none are reporting supply interruptions.  None of these suppliers are expecting an impact on deliveries in the foreseeable future, however they do imply that if supplies tighten globally, domestic prices will increase.  Significant finished goods inventories exist.
  2. Liner: All domestic, and none are reporting supply interruptions.  None of these suppliers are expecting an impact on deliveries in the foreseeable future, however they do imply that if supplies tighten globally, domestic prices will increase.  Significant finished goods inventories exist.
  3. Adhesive and the Chemicals used to make Adhesives: All adhesives are made domestically, and none are reporting supply interruptions.  However, there are some chemicals used in the adhesive formulae that currently come from China and elsewhere.  There are no reported shortages as of now, however resourcing efforts are underway to ensure that non-Chinese supplies will be available.  These alternate sources of supply may come at a higher cost.  Significant finished goods inventories exist.
  4. Coatings on TT and DT Labels: The coatings for DT labels are primarily, but not exclusively sourced in China.  Our laminators are reporting that they have built up significant inventories of these compounds so that there should be no disruptions, and they are searching for alternate suppliers outside of China.  These alternate sources of supply may come at a higher cost.

Update on the Printed Product Supply Chain and COVID-19 Readiness 

4.20.20

Overview: To date, we have experienced no interruption in supply or change in prices due to work stoppages caused by the Coronavirus.  Our short-term (three months) looking forward view is that we have some concerns regarding supply chain interruptions and price changes.  Because these products have been deemed “Essential", the widespread government ordered quarantine in the U.S. has not been harmful to any business transactions.  Beyond that time period, however, our ability to make predictions is subject to a greater degree of uncertainty. 

Our preventive work now is focused on identifying the raw material components and monitoring their weekly output.  In some cases, we are requesting our primary and secondary suppliers to review their current suppliers to allocate business to countries currently less affected by the Coronavirus. 

U.S.:

Our entire supply chain for the printed products that we provide to our clients is heavily weighted on the US manufacturing base, and that base of factories is scattered throughout the nation.  These strategically selected suppliers are primarily large manufacturers, with substantial resources, and significant leverage in the marketplace.  There are, however, some components used by the U.S. manufacturers which have been manufactured in China and elsewhere.  We have not experienced any delays in production of printed products.  The possibility certainly exists that if widespread quarantining is not removed, our supply chain could be negatively affected. 

China and Elsewhere: 

As has been reported in the national and industry media, the situation in China is volatile, and the veracity of reports from China are always subject to questioning.  It appears that many Chinese workers have been released from their quarantine and are returning to work.  If that trend continues, that will allow the supply of products from China to return to a more normal state.  Longer term predictions of output from Chinese factories are of uncertain value, however actions to alternately source certain components elsewhere is where we are concentrating our efforts.

Materials:

Most printed products consist of distinct layers of materials, plus ink.  Except for the coating of some papers, all of these layers are manufactured in the US.  However, each of these layers may consist of several chemical compounds that are critical to product performance, and which may be supplied from China.  Prior to the Coronavirus work stoppages, the supply chain for these chemical components was reasonably safe and consistent.  Today, these chemical components are the more uncertain ingredients in the printed products.  Our manufacturing partners have continued to assure us that they are not experiencing any delays in shipments.

Our strategy is to:

  1. Increase vigilance of output from affected areas
  2. Increase inventories and lead times for ordering all critical products that may be affected by any reduction in global output.
  3. Full transparency in reporting to our customers.

Primary Suppliers to U.S. Locations:

  1. Print Factories: For shipments to the US, 100% of our primary supply chain is domestic.  There has been no significant impact on their delivery performance to date.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the tertiary suppliers or a more widespread infection rate within the U.S.  Our manufacturing plants have made assurances that they are exercising prudent precautions as suggested by the CDC in an effort to protect their employees.  As of today, it is impossible to predict how much the COVID-19 virus will affect each of the approximately 80 manufacturing plants we use.  The good news is that we have a very widely diverse supply base for printed products.

Secondary Suppliers to our U.S. Primary Suppliers:

  1. Paper Mills and Merchants: For shipments to the US, 100% of our primary supply chain is domestic.  Therefore, there has been no significant impact on their delivery performance so far.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the tertiary suppliers or a major shutdown of all U.S. businesses.
  2. Packaging: Multiple carton manufacturers. For shipments to the US, 100% of our primary supply chain is domestic.  Therefore, there has been no impact on their delivery performance so far.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the tertiary suppliers or a major shutdown of all U.S. businesses.

Tertiary Suppliers to our U.S. Secondary Suppliers:

  1. Chemicals used to certain finishes: Most chemicals used in the production of paper are made domestically, and none are reporting supply interruptions.  However, there are some chemicals used in the coatings formula that currently come from China and elsewhere.  There are no reported shortages as of now, however resourcing efforts are underway to ensure that non-Chinese supplies will be available.  These alternate sources of supply may come at a higher cost.  Significant finished goods inventories exist.

Update on the Promotional Product Supply Chain and COVID-19 Readiness

4.20.20

Overview: To date, we have experienced some interruption in supply and changes in prices due to work stoppages caused by the Coronavirus.  This has affected a wide range of products manufactured in China, and particularly PPE.  Our short-term (three months) looking forward view is that we have some concerns regarding supply chain interruptions and price changes.  Because of existing inventories of raw materials and shipments of certain components already in transit from China, we are not expecting a significant problem arising from China.  However, the widespread government ordered quarantine in the U.S. has been harmful to many business transactions because these products are not “Essential”. 

Beyond that time period, however, our ability to make predictions is still subject to a degree of uncertainty, because the removal of local restrictions will be uneven.  In some cases, we are requesting our primary and secondary suppliers to review their current suppliers to allocate business to regions currently less affected by the Coronavirus.  Our preventive work now is focused on identifying products that are currently in stock in the U.S. and which do not have a fragile supply chain. 

U.S.:

The supply chain for the promotional products that we provide to our clients is heavily, but not exclusively weighted on the manufacturing base in foreign countries.  There are many U.S. made promotional products, and those factories are scattered throughout the nation, but some of them are also suffering from work stoppages.  There are, some components used by these manufacturers which have also been manufactured in China and elsewhere.  So far, we have experienced some delays in production of promotional products, and it has been reported this week that some workers in these U.S. factories are scheduled to return to their jobs in  few weeks.  The possibility certainly exists that if widespread quarantining is continued, our supply chain will be negatively affected. 

China and Elsewhere: 

As has been reported in the national and industry media, the situation in China is getting better, but the veracity of reports from China are always subject to questioning.  It appears that many Chinese workers have been released from their quarantine and are returning to work.  If that trend continues, that will allow the supply of products from China to return to a more normal state.  Longer term predictions of output from Chinese factories are of uncertain value, however actions to alternately source certain components elsewhere is where we are concentrating our efforts.

Materials:

Most promotional products consist of distinct components, like plastic, ceramic, fabric, dyes, buttons, zippers, etc.  For many of items, these components have been manufactured in China.  Prior to the Coronavirus work stoppages, the supply chain for these components was reasonably safe and consistent.  Today, these components are the more uncertain ingredients in the promotional products.  Our manufacturing partners in China and their American distributors have continued to assure us that they are experiencing only minor delays in shipments.  We have a long pipeline, orders were in transit before the Coronavirus struck, and they always carry significant inventories.  We are also looking to source some of these items in other low cost countries, however we know that we must not sacrifice product quality.  Ours is an on-going search for additional suppliers.

Our strategy is to:

  1. Increase vigilance of output from affected areas
  2. Increase inventories and lead times for ordering all critical products that may be affected by any reduction in global output.
  3. Search for alternate suppliers from other countries.
  4. Full transparency in reporting to our customers.

Primary Suppliers to U.S. Locations:

GO2 Partners receives some items in bulk directly from our overseas plants, and some from U.S. based distributors.  There has been no impact on their delivery performance to date.  Any possible disruption in the future will be caused by the secondary and tertiary suppliers overseas, or a continuation of the lock down within the U.S.  Our own facility and our manufacturing partners have made assurances that they are exercising prudent precautions as suggested by the WHO and CDC in an effort to protect their employees.  As of today, it is impossible to predict how much the COVID-19 virus will affect each of the approximately 100 manufacturing plants we use for promotional products.  The good news is that we have a very widely diverse supply base for these products.


The GO2 Partners, Inc. PPE Terms and Conditions of Sale Updated as of April 1, 2020

1. TERMS. These terms and conditions (as may be amended by Seller from time to time, these “T&Cs”) govern all sales of PPE products and/or services (collectively and severally, “Product”) by GO2 Partners, Inc. (“Seller”) to the purchaser (“Buyer”) described in the documents (including Seller’s sales confirmation and all information, instructions and warnings) accompanying these TaCs or the product. These T&Cs, together with Seller’s standard terms and conditions located at www.go2partners.com , as may be updated by Seller from time to time (and in the event of any direct conflict with these T&Cs, such standard terms and conditions will not govern in the event of any conflict), as well as quotations, proposals, order acknowledgments, invoices, specifications, all supplements and attachments and any amendments or modifications thereto issued by Seller from time to time to Buyer will constitute the entire agreement (the “Agreement”) between Buyer and Seller for each sale of Product.

2. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Buyer acknowledges that the Product has not been tested by Seller for safety or efficacy in any particular application. Buyer further acknowledges its responsibility to test and effectively evaluate Product to determine to Buyer’s own satisfaction, whether the Product and/or any technical assistance and information provided by Seller is suitable for Buyer’s intended uses and applications. Buyer understands its application-specific analysis must at least include testing to determine suitability from a technical as well as health, safety, and environmental standpoint. Buyer assumes responsibility for compliance with regulatory requirements related to Product purchasing, handling, storage, transportation, sale, use and/or disposal. Buyer acknowledges receipt from Seller of manufacturers’ technical and material safety data, in accordance with responsible distribution standards.

3. WARRANTY. Buyer acknowledges that Seller acts as a distributor for Products not branded by Seller (“Resale Products”) and that matters relating to the conformity to specifications or quality of the Resale Products are not within Seller's control and that accordingly Seller makes no warranties with respect to such Product. SELLER MAKES NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO RESALE PRODUCTS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR FITNESS; ALL WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED.

4. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY. IN NO EVENT WILL SELLER BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES FROM ANY CAUSE OR FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE CLAIM ARISES FROM ACTUAL OR ALLEGED BREACH OF WARRANTY, INDEMNIFICATION, BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, PRODUCT LIABILITY, CONTRIBUTION OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY AND IN NO EVENT WILL SELLER BE LIABLE FOR LOST PROFITS OR FOR ANY EXPENSES ARISING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM THE SALE, HANDLING, OR USE OF THE PRODUCT SOLD HEREUNDER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION TRANSPORTATION, HANDLING, INSTALLATION, PROCESSING OR FABRICATION CHARGES OR EXPENSES. IN NO EVENT WILL SELLER’S LIABILITY EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF ANY CLAIMS MADE BY BUYER. BUYER’S LIABILITY IS ALSO LIMITED BY ANY LAWS, ACTS, REGULATIONS, NOTICES OR OTHER MEASURES ISSUED BY OR ON BEHALF OF ANY FEDERAL STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT APPLICABLE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC OR APPLICABLE TO ANY PRODUCT, SERVICE OR MEASURE RELATED TO SAID PANDEMIC, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE NOTICE OF DECLARATION UNDER THE PUBLIC READINESS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ACT FOR MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES AGAINST COVID-19.

5. INDEMNITY. Buyer will defend, indemnify and hold Seller, its officers, directors, agents, and employees harmless from and against all claims, demands, actions and causes of action, losses, costs, damages, and liabilities (“Claims”) asserted against or incurred by Seller in connection with the transportation, storage, sale or use of the Product by Buyer, or other acts of Buyer giving rise to Claims, including third party Claims of any kind whatsoever, against Seller, including attorney's fees and out of pocket costs.