PA Consulting’s Tim Lawrence, supply chain expert, is quoted in an article about some of the key issues facing the industry as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
One of the main concerns is stock in shops running short. On this, Tim said: “The first shock in the supply chain will be caused by the scarcity of supply. Companies should immediately review their inventory levels and policies – and ask suppliers to do the same.”
The article goes on to explain that Coronavirus has caused disruptions for companies and that many are looking to relocate away from China. Tim goes on to say: “Assuming the controls put in place by the Chinese government work and the outbreak does not spread significantly, then Hubei province will begin to open up again and supply will be resumed. In preparation for this, companies should work with suppliers to ensure that they are among the first to start to receive deliveries.”
He continues: “It is important to avoid clustering of suppliers in one region and particularly around similar supply chains. This will be increasingly critical as the world becomes more volatile through climate change and other man-made impacts. That makes it important to look beyond selecting on lowest price only and understand the overall value and the risks in the supply chain.”