Hand Sanitzer Shortages

11136285Fear over H1N1 (Swine Flu) and the like have led to an industry-wide shortage of hand sanitizers.

One vendor who sells Purell told Prime Source:

This is something no-one saw coming. Purell has two dedicated warehouses for soap and sanitizer. The sanitizer warehouse is completely empty from what we’re being told and they’re working around the clock to fill orders – seven days a week. The H1N1 – Swine Flu has raised great concern nationwide. Since one of the recommendations is to keep your hands clean and sanitized, it has put great stress on the ability to push out enough sanitizer. Schools and Healthcare facilities are two major markets where the orders have come in at levels never experienced and there are certainly more areas where the orders just keep coming. We have and are continuing to search for alternatives to Purell for sanitizer. Problem is, everyone else who manufactures Sanitizer is experiencing the same dilemma. This is a great concern right now. I will keep you updated with the progress we’re making and let you know what I hear about alternatives and expediting current Purell orders we already have.

Quick Facts:

  • Hand sanitizer has grown into a more than $112 million-a-year industry in the U.S. (Source: Baltimore Sun)
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer has been on the consumer market for about a decade. According to Nielsen, sales have increased steadily since August 2006. Pronounced jumps have been noted in the weeks before school opened in 2007 and 2008. But this year, people bought more. In the four months ending in August 8 (the span of the current swine flu pandemic), more than $68 million was spent on sanitizers in U.S. stores – a 54 percent increase over the same period in 2008. When you make all products equal by volume, sales doubled. (Source: Medblog)
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