CEO Blog #2: High Demand and the Need For Efficiency a Big Challenge?

Whilst demands for goods in some industries have dropped to near zero, demand for food products, medical supplies, personal care products and many other commodities are at an all time high. Procurement and Supply Chain functions across many business are operating at full capacity.

As demand for goods has increased, so has the need to have staff available in all areas of the supply chain. Many businesses of the aforementioned types are opting to bring in a high number of temporary staff to avoid disruptions in their supply chain. For some companies the number of temporary staff is into the thousands, or tens of thousands in exceptional circumstances.

Whilst it is vital for businesses to have enough people to meet their consumers’ needs and be fully equipped to deal with this demand, it is also imperative that they have high calibre managers to ensure processes are smooth.

The quality of leadership during this time, throughout all areas of the supply chain, is essential for ensuring that businesses are not only able to meet demand, but that the workforce remain healthy, working practices adhere to government guidelines and that process are efficient so that increasing the number of bodies doesn’t become a costly exercise.

Managers will be required at different levels within the supply chain function and it is critical for businesses to understand the importance of having leaders in place who can not only direct, but can help strategise. This will be crucial for planning inventory, assessing and planning for customer demand, putting health and safety measures in place, dealing with capacity issues, nurturing supplier relationships and scenario planning for the various situations that may occur during these uncertain times.

Not only will this guarantee that efficiencies are in place and therefore costs kept to a minimum, but also that excellent relationships are maintained with suppliers so that your needs are met first, gaps in production can be assessed and that the right logistics are in place to be able to get goods to the end user. It will also mean that you are as prepared as you can be for any changes in the market that may occur as the situation unfolds.

We understand the needs of the market right now. We are seeing that whilst demand in some sectors is declining, in others it is through the roof. The positive of this is that there are immediately available candidates with transferable managerial skills from other sectors who could be used effectively within your business.

For more information on how our Procurement and Supply Chain team can support you now, and in the future, contact Carl Walker, Associate Director on 07710 096 840 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also find out more on our dedicated Procurement & Supply Chain page.

In the next blog in our CEO series, Greg explores how businesses might need to prepare for a big change in demand for their services when the situation starts to settle. Look out for ‘Low demand now but high demand in no time?’, due out next week. Visit our news page to see the other latest blogs in the series.

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