53% of US manufacturers expect operational impact from coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

Dive Brief:

A majority (53%) of U.S. manufacturers expect to experience a change in operations as a result of the spreading COVID-19 outbreak, according to a survey of 558 respondents by The National Association of Manufacturers that took place between Feb. 28 and March 9.

Operational changes include the implementation of business continuity plans involving workplace sanitation, limiting in-person interactions and managing shifts to account for an uptick in worker absences, the survey found.

The survey found more than a third (36%) of respondents expected supply chain disruptions and some had resorted to looking for alternative suppliers. The survey did not say if the disruptions were the result of sourcing issues related to China.

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