4. Recover Operational Stability
With a detailed assessment of operational restart risks identified and action plans in place to manage these risks, food and beverage manufacturers can then turn their attention to the many “unknowns” that could impact the future of their business. These “unknowns” include the financial stability of the supply chain, future product demand and sourcing channels as well as changes to occupational health and safety regulations.
However, by focusing on what can be controlled right now, your organization’s operational restart readiness, you can position your organization to emerge from this unusual crisis as a leader in the industry. Ed Harriman, IT and purchasing director of Michigan Turkey Producers said it best: “Food manufacturers have been suddenly thrown into unchartered waters. These guidelines can become a sextant for businesses to help navigate through this storm and help to systematically start bringing our operations back to some state of normalcy.”
5. Plan for the Future
This global crisis is providing many opportunities for management to lean into the knowledge of their workforce and recognize emerging leaders in their business. We encourage organizations to capture lessons learned as they go through their operational restart, recognizing where the potential for process improvement exists for future operational efficiency and more robust risk mitigation. Organizations should also consider what near-term metrics are needed to measure the effectiveness of their operational restart actions.
A successful recovery from the COVID-19 crisis for the food and beverage industry will require each organization to effectively manage the restart of its operations while working collaboratively with customers and suppliers throughout the supply chain. Through sharing and adopting best practices for an operational restart, the opportunity exists for food and beverage manufacturing to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis as a stronger, better-prepared industry sector for the next significant disruption.