SDI, Inc. Launches ‘PPE As-a-Service’ for K-12 to Address Demand for PPE and Essential Materials

SDI assesses districts’ unique needs and procures materials from network of trusted suppliers

BRISTOL, Pa. (Aug. 18, 2020) – To support school systems, including New York City Public Schools, in obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other essential materials, SDI, Inc., a leader in digital supply chain services and solutions, is launching PPE as-a-Service for K-12 education. SDI partners with school systems to assess their unique needs, extending access to a strategic reserve of PPE supplies and essential materials from a vast network of vetted, secured and contracted suppliers.

“Crises are unpredictable – the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the faults of conventional wisdom regarding supply chain management, which has put school systems at risk of falling victim to shortages and untrusted vendors,” said Kelly Kleinfelder, Chief Information Officer & SVP, Information Technology at SDI. “Based on our 20-plus years of experience serving New York City Public Schools, we have the expertise and tools to ensure districts’ supply chains are prepared to address current needs, mitigate supply shock risks associated with future outbreaks and, most importantly, keep students, faculty and staff safe.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and local health departments, are issuing an evolving list of health guidelines that will require districts to collectively spend close to $25 billion on PPE and cleaning supplies, according to a study by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

To support districts in meeting these guidelines, SDI conducts quantitative and qualitative research, and analyzes historic spend data to understand each district’s unique needs and identify how much inventory is needed. Next, SDI leverages its deep background and expertise in supply chain management to procure trusted, cost-effective materials.

The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) has partnered with SDI for more than 20 years. By partnering with SDI, NYC DOE has been able to secure PPE, sanitizers and cleaning equipment to keep schools and the community safe, and avoid supply chain disruptions.

SDI’s rapid-turnaround PPE Supply Chain Risk Assessment provides visibility into districts’ ability to meet demand and uncovers potential areas of weakness in districts’ ability to maintain an adequate supply of PPE throughout the school year.

For information about how to get a rapid-turnaround PPE Supply Chain Risk Assessment, contact

SDI is a Digital Supply Chain Solutions firm with a focused practice in Indirect Materials, Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) supply, and Industrial/Facilities Technology. We go to market through an innovative As-a-Service offering, delivering custom solutions and results designed to improve our client’s MRO and PPE supply chain performance.

Using a custom suite of products, services and tools, SDI’s platform coordinates, aligns and optimizes every step of the digital supply chain. Lower costs, smarter inventories and more reliable production are all natural results from a more connected supply chain. To learn more visit: or contact

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