Insurance Business, May 22, 2021

The manufacturing sector has been shaken by the COVID-19 crisis, which has buffeted the global supply chain and forced businesses of every size to rethink their operating models. While various manufacturing businesses have been impacted in different ways and thus require varying solutions, there are several cross-sector challenges that COVID-19 has exacerbated.

The manufacturing space evolves in waves, says Riskonnect CEO Jim Wetekamp, who first noticed the new wave that came with COVID-19 when supply chains in China first started being impacted. Organisations began looking for better ways to assess their risk, understand the challenges they faced and build agility as COVID-19’s impact started to pivot from transportation to hospitality, healthcare and financial services.

“What [manufacturing businesses] have had to do is work through the crisis to establish what continuity looks like moving forward, to think through better workforce planning, alternative inventory policies and planning parameters such as how they think about their supply chains,” Wetekamp says. “They’ve had to give greater visibility to inbound materials, and while they always had that for critical goods, they may not have the same level of traceability for some of the more indirect goods or smaller components.”

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