Today’s high pressure markets feature global supply chain disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortages of containers are only part of the picture. Workforces that are isolating to reduce infection rates lead to a shortage of availability at all levels, from stock pickers to delivery drivers and freight handlers. This can cause significant delays at all stages of your supply chain, from raw materials through to distribution.
Despite awareness of the issues facing manufacturers and distributors, customers are now so used to immediate shipment and delivery that they will frequently blame manufacturers for delays that are beyond their immediate control. It has become more important than ever for manufacturers to evaluate their existing supply chains and focus on developing reliable and stable alternatives wherever possible. When choosing suppliers, reputation and capacity to deliver on-time every time has become a critical factor for business success.