COVID-19 Updates

…from the team at CORECHEM:

December 31, 2020

… and we say goodbye to this crazy year, 2020!

Although COVID numbers continue to rise in the Knoxville area, and many of our staff continue to work from home, CORECHEM remains fully functional. Just a note of appreciation to all of our business contacts to say THANK YOU for working with us as we navigated the many changes caused by the pandemic…

Here’s to brighter days ahead in 2021!

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June 4, 2020

Notice to Isopropyl Alcohol Customers:

In an ongoing effort to keep our customers informed, we are pleased to share that wholesale prices for Isopropyl Alcohol 99% have steadily softened over the past few weeks and recent supply/demand changes have only increased the rate of change. While we are making every effort to inform our customers of exact price changes in a timely fashion, we are also currently receiving an unprecedented volume of new quote requests.  If you have not yet heard from your account manager and would like to discuss current pricing for Isopropyl Alcohol, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  We will ensure your account manager follows up with you promptly.

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April 8, 2020

Notice: Changes for Bulk Product Delivered via Partner Carriers

Current research and study of the COVID-19 virus by the CDC and supporting agencies suggests that this virus may be capable of living on surfaces for a time period between 2 hours and multiple days. Certainly, further research will better address whether contact with these contaminated surfaces pose a significant infection risk to humans or not. In absence of full information on this risk, several of our partner carriers who provide bulk truckload shipments will be modifying paperwork flow in the coming weeks to reduce the risk of virus transmission created by some methods of paperwork dissemination and signature collection.

Adjustments that you may observe on future deliveries may be:

1) digitally distributed documentation rather than physically provided paperwork.

2) the driver himself records the name of the staff member who is accepting material, rather than requiring a physical signature from your receiving personnel.

Please note that at this time, these adjustments will only effect bulk truckload shipments that are delivered on the equipment of a partner carrier. At this time, all shipments arriving to your facility on our equipment will maintain their current paperwork flow and signature procedure. If we feel that it is necessary to expand the application of these policies to all deliveries, we will update you. We hope that this change helps to keep you, your staff, and the families of your staff safe, as the well being of those in our communities is always our first and primary concern.

Olivia Pool

Supply Chain Manager

March 13, 2020

To our valued customers:

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) a global pandemic with the director-general expressing deep concern related to the spread and severity of the disease and by the alarming levels of inaction. Similar sentiments were expressed when Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, addressed members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. While some have argued Dr. Fauci’s comments bordered on fearmongering, his statements regarding “our ability to contain and mitigate in our own country” have made an immediate impact.

Out of an abundance of caution, I’ve asked our sales staff to begin reducing the number of face-to-face meetings with customers to ensure we aren’t unwittingly contributing to the spread of the disease. Although we may not be requesting meetings at your respective businesses for the foreseeable future (short-term), we will be available for “face-to-face” meetings through one of several on-line, digital platforms: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. Please know, we are not refusing customer requests for site visits but do ask for your understanding if we assess each request on a case-by-case basis due to the dynamics of the situation. We value your business. That said, your health and safety, the safety of your co-workers and that of your respective families, is important to us as well.

In addition to monitoring the evolving health concerns, we are continuously seeking feedback from our suppliers to ensure any changes to the supply chain are communicated in a timely manner. Except for skyrocketing demand for products used in disinfectant solutions, there’s little to report at this time. We cannot altogether rule out future, regional supply changes if production volumes become affected and producers begin shuttling volume between regions to ensure demand is satisfied. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the supply of, or price for, material we provide don’t hesitate to speak with your account manager.

We’re optimistic this “new event horizon” will soon be behind us all. Regardless, we remain committed to your safety and your business and are here to help in any way possible.

Best regards,

John Rippetoe Sales Manager