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Open during the COVID-19 pandemic: What should distribution centers focus on?

The chaos and disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak is slowly moving toward recovery for businesses. Like most enterprises, fulfillment and distribution centers will not be able to simply “flip a switch” and return to normal operations. The complexity is even greater for networks that span multiple states or countries. Reopening will require a rigorous methodology backed by the smart use of data and analytics—and creative thinking about how to leverage existing technology in the workplace.

Reopening will require a rigorous methodology backed by the smart use of data and analytics—and creative thinking about how to leverage existing technology in the workplace

Reopen facilities with employee safety as a top priority

For facilities, the first step will likely involve sanitizing and otherwise prepping the workspace. Securing sanitation, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other gear to enable reopening might be a new operational category for many companies. In addition to material lead time, be sure to build in time for process development and learnings as well.

Restructure the business to address new needs

Reopening should involve closely examining the skills matrix of your staff against new protocol and operational needs. This may lead to reassigning roles and responsibilities. For example, with distancing protocols now essential, who will define, adjust, and monitor compliance in your operations?

A new operational paradigm

Even after facilities reopen, they won’t likely return to “normal” operations for quite a while. Organizations will likely have to manage scores of new procedures around workforce behavior, floor operations, and supplier/customer interactions. Many of these new ways of working will be site- or company-specific, and may vary by state initially, but the following three points are helpful to keep in mind:

Socially distance and protect workers in a factory or on a warehouse floor and in non-work areas such as break rooms. Technology and creative thinking can play key roles here. Consider staggering the elements of a workday (start time, lunch, breaks, etc.) to minimize the congregation of associates.

If you use a large transportation fleet, you’ll need to secure capacity and reliability. This might include establishing or reviewing contracts with a common set of carriers. Likewise, you may need to re-examine capacity plans and routes due to new driver protocols that could impact teaming, relays, and cross-dock activities, among others.

Looking ahead

Following the initial COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, factories in the region are working towards getting back to business. NPR reported in early March that Chinese factories are reopening and resuming production, with eight provinces downgrading their emergency levels to allow for more mobility for citizens and workers. While black swan events like coronavirus can’t always be predicted, understanding supply chain risks and opportunities gives organizations more transparency to plan ahead while maintaining customer experiences in the face of crisis.

New versions of established tools will play a critical role in helping supply chain managers have an ongoing view of potential risks and provide framework to help take corrective actions to better serve their customers and provide a safe environment for their workforce.

Reopen facilities with employee safety as a top priority

For facilities, the first step will likely involve sanitizing and otherwise prepping the workspace. Securing sanitation, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other gear to enable reopening might be a new operational category for many companies. In addition to material lead time, be sure to build in time for process development and learnings as well.

Benefits from electronic fuel payment cards

Time 13/10/2020 at 15:08

In Vietnam market, especially for enterprises in transport business, a use of fuel cards in fuel payment has become popular. Instead of using a normal fuel payment invoice, now, people can easily approach and utilize the products applying technology in payment of fuel, such as: PVOil Easy, F-Card, Dibee Fleet Pay, or transaction through Petrolimex system with Momo... The following is a case that reporter records for the benefits brought by using Dibee Fleet Pay.

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Time 11/01/2021 at 16:09

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Tan Cang - Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) awarded Green Port 2020

Time 07/01/2021 at 10:10

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