Coronavirus Throws Supply Chain in Jeopardy According to Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler

Coronavirus Throws Supply Chain in Jeopardy According to Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler

Industrial journalist, Thomas R. Cutler discussed the impact of the Coronavirus on the supply chain in the recent issue of Manufacturing Outlook. The article can be read here

Cutler reported that the impact of the Coronavirus is greater as it coincides with an already slowing Chinese economy. It comes at a time when American companies were already shifting supply chains from China to elsewhere due to new tariffs and trade tensions. The virus will serve as another reminder for companies to rapidly diversify supply chains. 

Businesses should expect supply chain disruptions for approximately three to six months (perhaps longer depending on containment), similar to the 2009 swine flu disruption. More will be known once recovery rates of patients affected by the virus are provided by health organizations. 

Tracking real-time data from hundreds of thousands of suppliers is critical;  manufacturers with primary and sub-tier suppliers in the region plan for a range of scenarios, such as generating time horizons and reviewing inventory levels among suppliers; it is a cautionary warning of what can happen with a pandemic or natural disaster occurs. 

MODEX 2020 

Manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler will cover new automation and robotics trends during the MODEX 2020 Conference in Atlanta, GA from March 9-12. Cutler will be interacting with the 900+ exhibitors and 35,000+ attendees. Attendees at MODEX 2020 will see the latest solutions to move businesses forward as the industry’s leading innovators showcase their latest manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain equipment and systems.   

Cutler is pleased to share a special hospitality event Tuesday evening March 10th of MODEX 2020.  Space is very limited.  Must register by February 29th. 

About TR Cutler, Inc. 

Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium.

Cutler has authored more than 7,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4200 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler

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