How the pandemic impacted demand at FedEx, Clorox and C&S Wholesale

Clorox’s Rick McDonald decided to ramp up the company’s supply chain, as soon as he started hearing the news reports of COVID-19 in Asia.

“We started hiring people. We added shifts. We took our finished days of inventory targets up,” McDonald, senior vice president and chief product supply officer, said during an online session of the ProMat conference Tuesday. “We brought on incremental contract manufacturers for Clorox disinfecting wipes to try and build more inventory.”

Clorox’s leadership was already talking about a potential impact from coronavirus on its February 2020 earnings call.

“We are taking up inventory levels to be prepared for the potential increase in demand for some of our bleach products,” Clorox CFO Kevin Jacobsen¬†said last year.