Sustainability to Survivability the Supply Chain post COVID-19 Q5
A: Roger Needham
Senior Supply Chain Consultant
IBM Sterling Solutions, IBM Europe
A primary consideration for businesses across virtually every sector will be how to organise within-shift processes and across-shift handovers. PPE has always been a key factor over recent years and now the supply chain for this critical product will also be brought into sharp focus. A topic on the news most evenings. For those organisations that rely on contact with the public for their on going trade, these considerations will be brought into an even sharper focus.
I see resilience being a major influence on supply chains across all sectors – not at the expense of sustainability in the longer term, but there could indeed be a risk that sustainability in the shorter term takes a back seat as businesses adapt to the ‘new normal’.