Subject Area: Spare Parts Supply Chain
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak that started recently in Wuhan China is having a ripple effect across the world.
UPDATE 10 March 2020: It appears that more than 4,000 people have died and more than 113,000 people have been infected.
The development of a vaccine is likely to take 12-18 moths.
In response to this the Chinese government extended the Luna New Year holiday and, as well as imposing travel bans, governments all over the world are closing their borders to goods sourced from China.
This has the potential to be a major disrupter of international supply chains. The impact of this will be more fully identified in due course.
However, in the short-term, it is incumbent on companies that rely on spare parts sourced from China to consider their response to the potential supply chain interruption.
To help you develop your risk management plan we have developed a five-point V.I.R.U.S response plan.
If the coronavirus is likely to impact your spare parts supply chain, here is what you should do right now.
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Author: Phillip Slater