March 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 health crisis impacts global supply chains, DVIRC is stressing the importance of having a plan in place prior to disruptions to your supply chain. The following checklist can help your company react to and prepare for disruptions.

If your supply chain is already impacted:

  • Let DVIRC know so we can advise of available resources or support.
  • Consider short-term and long-term impacts when making decisions (your ability to make sales, impacts on production schedule, staffing, etc.).
  • Realize alternative suppliers are probably getting similar requests from other companies and have capacity limits and/or higher prices.
  • Contact DVIRC to see if we are aware of any alternative suppliers within Pennsylvania or nationally through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network™.

If you suspect there may be disruptions to your supply chain:

  • Contact your suppliers, carriers, forwarders and brokers immediately to confirm.
  • If possible, build inventories of your short raw materials and secure production and transport capacity from your supply chain partners.
  • Start sourcing alternative suppliers as needed.
  • Identify a resource at your company to monitor the crisis and potential impacts to your supply chain.

Preparing for the next disruption:

  • Conduct a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis to revisit overseas sourcing.
  • Conduct a risk assessment of your supply chain and implement changes to handle risks.
  • Consider dual sourcing (locally and overseas) for critical components.
  • Have a disaster response plan in place.
  • Have a process to monitor global events to identify potential supply chain disruptions early.

Other Considerations:

  • Communication is key—talk to your customers, suppliers, carriers, forwarders and brokers about potential supply chain disruptions, and how you can work together to mitigate issues.
  • Remember that the impacts vary across the global supply chain, so local suppliers can also be affected based on their sources of supply.
  • Travel and workforce issues overseas can impact your local supply chain.
  • Remember that you face competition for global product and transport resources.

DVIRC’s team of experts conduct primary and secondary research to help small and midsized manufacturers with critical supply chain needs and identify key suppliers. For a free consultation, contact us here or contact


Original Source: The Center for Industrial Research and Service