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Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Jan 21, 2022 10:47:00 AM

2022 Trends for the Cleaning Industry: Help Wanted

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta | January 21, 2022

The last couple years have been a roller coaster ride for everyone, complete with steep inclines, unexpected dips, sharp curves, and upside-down loop de loops, but the cleaning industry, in particular, has felt the impact on the pandemic keenly.

Janitors, custodial crews, housekeeping and environmental services staff have been on the frontline the entire time, keeping everyone as healthy as possible through cleaning.

And like many industries, we’re being affected by all sorts of shortages—from labor to supplies—that affect day-to-day capabilities and operations.

These issues have accelerated many of the trends that we’ve been seeing the last few years to maximize a facility maintenance program’s productivity through more effective and efficient processes and innovations.

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Topics: hand hygiene, machines & equipment, IoT, industry news

Posted by Keith Schneringer on Aug 19, 2021 9:26:00 AM

Impacts of Supply Chain Issues on Facility Supplies & Foodservice Disposable Products

By: Keith Schneringer  |  August 11, 2021

Part three of a series analyzing the continued impact of COVID-19 on the facility supplies and foodservice disposables industries


We've covered the current state of the worldwide supply chain and the elements that have led to the "perfect storm of ugliness"1 we are encountering when trying to order our "stuff" in the first two articles.

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Topics: industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by Keith Schneringer on Aug 5, 2021 9:33:00 AM

Key Factors Responsible for Supply Shortages in 2021

By: Keith Schneringer  |  August 4, 2021

Part two of a series analyzing the continued impact of COVID-19 on the facility supplies and foodservice disposables industries


So why can’t we all just get the stuff we are ordering right away for the price we are used to paying?

The following factors are key contributors to the overall “perfect storm of ugliness”2 which is the state of the global supply chain in disruption at the moment.

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Topics: industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by Keith Schneringer on Jul 27, 2021 9:27:30 AM

Global Supply Chain Disruptions & Shortages in 2021

By: Keith Schneringer  |  July 23, 2021

Part one of a series analyzing the continued impact of COVID-19 on the facility supplies and foodservice disposables industries


The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news and collective psyche of the world throughout 2020, and its spread and the resulting cascade of ramifications have led to a global crisis of unprecedented reach and proportion.1 As was written in one of our articles on this topic last year,2 it would be the height of understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic and oversized impact on many of the facets of our everyday lives which we may have previously taken for granted.

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Topics: industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 22, 2021 10:54:54 AM

More Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021: Cleaning for Health

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta  |  January 22, 2021

Part two-of-two series examining what topics will drive the cleaning industry in 2021 and the impact of the pandemic.

Part One: 5 Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021
Part Two: More Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021: Cleaning for Health

The pandemic has left an indelible mark on the world and the cleaning industry. It has also brought about a renewed focus on the overall value of cleaning. 

In part one of our two part series we reviewed the continued strain on our supply chain and the challenges of reopening businesses while managing outbreak risks

The other trends on the horizon highlight an emphasis on getting back to the basics with cleaning best practices, up and coming technology and furthering the momentum towards developing and sustaining healthy buildings and indoor spaces to improve the health and wellness of people within them.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, sustainability, IoT, industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 19, 2021 1:00:47 PM

5 Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021

By: Briana Smith & Caitlin Dimalanta  |   January 19, 2021

Part one-of-two series examining what topics will drive the cleaning industry in 2021 and the impact of the pandemic.

Part One: 5 Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021
Part Two: More Trends in the Cleaning Industry in 2021: Cleaning for Health

Who would’ve thought this time last year that 2020 was going to change the world the way it has?

Managing outbreaks was on the radar after the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic and 2018 the Hepatitis A multi-state outbreak, but no one was quite prepared for the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic when it started spreading across the globe.

Supply chains were immediately strained, toilet paper became scarce, and stay-at-home orders were announced in various states causing businesses and consumers to scramble for essential supplies. The cleaning industry was thrown into the spotlight overnight as custodial and environmental services (EVS) teams were at the forefront in combatting the spread as essential workers.

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Topics: hand hygiene, workplace wellness, sustainability, IoT, industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on Nov 3, 2020 3:17:52 PM

NETWORK® Honors WAXIE Sanitary Supply with Member of the Year Award

WAXIE Wins Industry Recognition Award for the Fifth Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS PROVIDED BY: WAXIE Sanitary Supply
October 29, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA October 29, 2020 – NETWORK® Services Company has honored WAXIE Sanitary Supply with the Member of the Year Award in recognition of WAXIE’s successful collaboration on policies, programs and vendor relationships within NETWORK.

Alan Tomblin, President of NETWORK, presented Charles Wax, WAXIE’s Chairman of the Board, and David Wax, immediate past Chairman of the Network Services Board of Directors, with this prestigious award during their annual trade show which took place virtually on October 26, 2020.

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Topics: press release, industry news

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on May 8, 2020 10:56:16 AM

The Ongoing Demand for Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectants and Toilet Paper – Oh My!

By: Keith Schneringer  |  May 8, 2020

Part three-of-three series analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on the Jan/San industry.

• Part One: Supply Chain Survey and COVID-19 Disruptions
• Part Two: The Effect of COVID-19 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplies

• Part Three: The Ongoing Demand for Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectants and Toilet Paper – Oh My

In light of recent events, most of us are aware of how difficult it is to find face masks and gloves. However it's more than just personal protective equipment (PPE) that's being greatly affected by supply chain disruptions.

Products that are used on a daily basis to keep buildings clean and running, such as hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and yes, toilet paper have been hard to find as well. The issue that we are all facing is that all of these items are essential and will be needed as more businesses, stores and other facilities reopen.

Our final article in this series gives an in-depth look at how the supply chains in these specific product categories are being impacted.

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Topics: industry news, covid-19, supply chain

Posted by WAXIE Buzz on May 5, 2020 10:45:00 AM

The Effect of COVID-19 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplies

By: Keith Schneringer  |  May 5, 2020

Part two-of-three series analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on the Jan/San industry.

• Part One: Supply Chain Survey and COVID-19 Disruptions
• Part Two: The Effect of COVID-19 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplies
• Part Three: The Ongoing Demand for Hand Sanitizers, Disinfectants and Toilet Paper – Oh My!

In the United States, American shoppers and businesses have been stocking up on items such as face masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and toilet paper (among other items), with the subsequent and ongoing demand consistently managing to successfully outpace available supply.

While countries, businesses, factories and warehouses where the raw materials and supplies are produced and manufactured manage periodic shutdowns until a vaccine is available, the probability of lengthy on and off disruptions to the global supply chain will cause many of these items to be in short supply for quite a while. As mentioned in the previous article "Global Supply Chain Impacts of COVID-19."

Some of the most important equipment needed by frontline workers has been in limited supply from the beginning. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings and masks, shields and gloves, are being used by medical staff and first responders, as well as other essential workers: environmental services (EVS) staff, janitors, grocery store clerks, delivery personnel, garbage workers, food and agricultural workers, warehouse workers, and more. As stay-at-home orders start lifting, there will be an even greater demand for these products.

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Topics: industry news, covid-19, supply chain