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: 3/25/2020

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

3.25.20

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. Because of the industries we supply, we are deemed an “Essential” business. All 10 of our offices have and will remain open.
  2. All of our employees have a company laptop and a secure VPN internet access at home. Because of local, regional, or national quarantine orders, and school closings, we are working from home and serving our clients without interruption.
  3. In the few cases where small contingent of employees are working in our offices, we are practicing cleanliness steps recommended by the CDC, and are keeping a safe distance from each other.
  4. None of our employees have reported having the Coronavirus.
  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.

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 unnecessary.  Better safe than sorry!


Update on the Apparel Supply Chain and COVID-19 Readiness 

3.25.20

Overview: To date, we have experienced only a few small 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, along with a large scale return to work there, we are not expecting a significant problem arising from China.  However, any 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.  We have closed our internal embroidery operation, and have outsourced that function to several sub-contractors who are still operating.

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.  There are, some components used by these manufacturers which have also been manufactured in China and elsewhere.  So far, we have not experienced any delays in production of apparel, and it has been reported this week that most workers in these U.S. apparel factories are at their jobs.  However, the peak rate of infection in the U.S. has not yet been reached.  The possibility certainly exists that if widespread quarantining is mandated by our U.S. government, 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 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 have returned to work.  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.  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 sewers and tertiary suppliers overseas, or a widespread infection rate within the U.S.  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 30 manufacturing plants we use for apparel.  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 

3.25.20

Overview: Label manufacturing and all of the raw materials used to make labels have been categorized by the US government at “Essential”.  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 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 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.:

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, however the peak rate of infection in the U.S. has not yet been reached.  The possibility certainly exists that if widespread quarantining is mandated by governments, our supply chain will be negatively affected. 

China and Elsewhere: 

As has been reported in the national and industry media, the situation in China has been volatile, but is improving.  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 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.
  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 or a major shutdown of all U.S. businesses.

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 

3.25.20

Overview:  Because of the customers this industry serves, most printing plants have been classified as “Essential” by the US government and remain open.  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 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 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.  In some cases, we are requesting our primary and secondary suppliers to review their current suppliers to allocate business to sources 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, however the peak rate of infection in the U.S. has not yet been reached.  The possibility certainly exists that if widespread quarantining is mandated by our governments, our supply chain will be negatively affected. 

China and Elsewhere: 

As has been reported in the national and industry media, the situation in China has improved, 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 have returned to work.  If that trend continues, that will allow the supply of products from China to return to a more normal state. 

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 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.  Because they are classified as “Essential”, 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.
  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 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.

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

3.25.20

Overview: Most promotional products are not categorized as “Essential” by the US government, and therefore the manufacturers and distributors are experiencing delays and shutdowns.  Therefore, we have experienced some 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 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 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.  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.  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.  There are, some components used by these manufacturers which have also been manufactured in China and elsewhere.  We have experienced many delays in production of promotional products, and it has been reported this week that almost all workers in these U.S. factories are not at their jobs.  The possibility certainly exists that if widespread quarantining is mandated by the U.S. government, our supply chain will be negatively affected even more. 

China and Elsewhere: 

As has been reported in the national and industry media, the situation in China is improving.  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 we 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 a negative impact on their delivery performance as states mandate closings.  Any additional disruption in the future will be caused by the secondary and tertiary suppliers overseas, or a 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.  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.