Sourcing & Logistics of PPE for the City of New York

Public Sector | Corporate Finance & Restructuring

November 18, 2020

New York City is home to over 8 million people speaking over 200 languages across five boroughs and is considered a global leader for finance, fashion, art, tourism and architecture.

The Office of the Mayor of the City of New York employs over 350,000 people, coordinates 45 interrelated agencies and is responsible for managing relationships with various federal, state and local governing entities in addition to supporting its residents, businesses and the 52 million people that visit the city each year.


New York City was one of the epicenters during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak. The city government, facing unprecedented challenges and unknowns, sought to both mitigate the pandemic’s immediate effects and to position itself to deal with the ongoing threat.

Our Role

The Office of the Mayor of the City of New York (“City”) engaged FTI Consulting to help source, vet, and recommend qualified suppliers for 10 critical categories of medical PPE items. Leveraging our global footprint, FTI Consulting assembled a team led by experts in China and the United States to identify and manage critical suppliers and to facilitate and coordinate customs clearance and inbound transportation from China to New York City.

FTI Consulting’s role evolved from what initially was primarily a sourcing role to providing category management and inventory management across the City’s PPE stockpile. The FTI Consulting team also played a key role in ensuring compliance with FDA requirements, facilitating contract negotiations, and coordinating the activities of multiple service providers and vendors.

Our Impact

FTI Consulting helped manage day-to-day interim operations roles, including procuring dedicated aircraft charters and hundreds of ocean freight containers. The Team helped to launch a new third-party logistics provider to house the 90-day stockpile by handling all inbound scheduling, transportation coordination and key activities.

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Key Contacts

Bill He

Senior Managing Director, Leader of Asia Business Transformation

Ron Scalzo

Senior Managing Director