COVID-19 has caused disruption for all businesses, the period of lockdown has been a strange and unusual time for us all. During the lockdown we have remained open due to us supplying to key markets however, our HMI staff have been working between home and the office, to ensure social distancing guidelines can be met.
Worker Shortage & Supply Chain Disruption
The virus outbreak has created serious problems in global supply chains. The situation in China has improved since the start of the year when China’s lockdown and worker shortages caused delays to many orders. Most of our partner factories are getting back to capacity, although some production lead times remain at least 30% longer than normal. Logistics delays due to a lack of flights into key freight hubs continue to present challenges but there are signs of improvement, which should continue over the coming weeks.
It is important that our employees, customers, and suppliers remain well and feel safe. Whether you are working in the office, warehouse or from home we have made steps to ensure everyone is working in a safe environment. Reduced workforce onsite and no face-to-face visits. Instead, we are utilising the many digital meeting tools available, allowing us to collaborate with colleagues and customers. We have also undertaken a full workplace assessment to develop cleaning and hygiene procedures.
The New Working Environment
It is likely things will not go back to normal for a while as we continue to learn more about the virus, and a vaccine is developed. However, we have adapted to all measures set by the government to ensure all social distancing regulations are met, and will continue to adapt to changes/requirements when needed. COVID-19 will continue to challenge businesses for the foreseeable future. Working remotely will be one of the biggest changes we see globally and the focus on technology services that can help businesses keep in touch with their customers and suppliers. By adapting to these changes, we will continue to see more innovative advances with technology and embrace this new way of working.