Is Your Company Virus-Proof?
The COVID-19 virus has caused major shutdowns in production across China. While some factories are reopening and production resuming, the ripple effect of this disruption is now making its way through the rest of the world.
Getting prepared now for supply disruptions is a smart move. Beyond the the dust masks and other PPE gear that are in short supply, take time to think through everything your company needs to install materials or service your customers.
What is on your technician’s trucks that comes from China? Components, HVAC circuit boards, tools – what might you find yourself running short on if your supplier cannot stock more for a couple months or longer?
Keep an eye on the news. If major shutdowns come to the US as well, having a plan and an arrangement with your supplier in advance could ease disruptions and allow you to continue working while others are calling around to find that one part that “nobody seems to have in-stock.”
And don’t forget your people. Working from home in our industry isn’t an option for getting most things built or repaired. Now is the time to think and plan through scenarios to limit exposure opportunities. Equip your people with a plan if an employee begins showing symptoms of illness on a jobsite. Do not wait for someone to ask “So what do we do?” for everyone who thinks they may have been exposed.
See the article linked below from the Harvard Business Review for more thoughts on preparing your supply chain and the unexpected links between parts of the economy. And please stay safe out there!