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How manufacturers can move forward in the COVID-19 era


Like many industries across the globe, manufacturers have suffered due to COVID-19. Many manufacturers are relying on third-party supply chains and critical global suppliers who may be unable to supply the company on a timely basis due to shortages or insufficient working capital.

As restrictions are starting to lift, manufacturers may be looking for ways to improve business operations. We've identified six essential steps to help manufacturers prepare a recovery plan for communicating with employees and service providers, leveraging government programs, and investing in technology.

6 steps to recovery for manufacturers

Use our infographic to guide you through the process and revert to it often as you move through the recovery phases.

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1. Develop and communicate a policy for returning to work

Perform a walk-through of the premises to identify social distancing opportunities and possible contamination issues. Develop revised workplace practices and communicate them to employees. It is important to mitigate the risk of COVID, maximize an efficient return to work, and address concerns from employees. 


2. Develop a workforce contingency plan

Review potential contingencies (inventory shortages, employee sickness) and prepare a plan to communicate to employees. It is important to ensure that infection risks are mitigated, and priority projects are minimally affected.


3. Communicate regularly with external service providers

Plan to conduct regular discussions with owners, bankers, accountants, lawyers, and key suppliers to allow them to assist when possible. 

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4. Leverage applicable government assistance

The government continues to offer various assistance programs. They are adapting and growing these programs and it’s important to ensure the company is taking full advantage.


5. Improve supply chain resilience

Build alternate supply sources for key materials and adjust inventory-carrying policies to provide a buffer for vital materials. Diversify product portfolio and sales channels to reduce dependence on fragile sales markets.

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6. Adapt technology

Deploy robotics and automation to reduce shop floor resources. Rapidly adopting new technology during the respond and recovery phases could leave organizations at increased risk for cyberattacks. Every manufacturer should review and update their cybersecurity plan, and ensure their data and systems are secure.

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