Transport and logistics operators must keep delivering food and products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, however it won’t be business as usual. There are new issues to face now, and considerations to make for the future.
As essential services, transport, logistics and supply chain operators must continue to function throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Operators are under pressure to deliver, while also navigating fast-changing consumer demands and new regulatory constraints.
Border closures will mean reduced access to international air/shipping freight and potentially delay and bottleneck the flow of goods throughout domestic road/rail networks. There is a real need for industry and government leadership to remove any factors that might slow down or impact on freight moved across the country.
There are immediate impacts that must be managed now, and longer-term impacts to consider beyond the crisis.
In the short-term, supply chain operators can:
For sustainability beyond the crisis, supply chain operators should consider:
We see an opportunity more broadly to revitalise local Australian manufacturing, spread risk and build resilience into domestic supply chains. A key lesson from the coronavirus pandemic is the need to build in long term solutions that help customers – and work collaboratively with all trading and logistics partners throughout the entire supply chain.