Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic On Logistics, How To Deal With It?
Supply chains and their logistics operations are one of the activities that are most affected by health measures taken by governments around the world.
These chains involve all those actors who directly or indirectly participate so that the goods and services reach the final consumer and for their good performance it is required that the production, marketing, operations, distribution, finance, and customer service processes are well aligned, something that does not happen now as a result of the impact of the Covid-19.
With the closure of borders, airports and isolation in cities, one of the sectors that has been most affected is tourism and entertainment. Theaters, cinemas, restaurants and bars have had to stop their activities completely, as they are potential places for the spread and focus of the virus.
How to possibly deal with the crise?
After seeing the consequences of the pandemic in countries like China, Italy and Spain, the immediate concerns of the health system have turned to increasing its capacity. However, beyond increasing it, the logistics of delivery of the health service must be considered.
For this, information and communication technologies and telemedicine will be fundamental strategies for the appropriate, timely and effective provision of health services to patients, not only infected with Covid-19, but also to those with emergencies, elderly patients, chronic, among others.
Ensuring the production and distribution of products, as well as the adequate provision of services during this pandemic are essential logistical challenges for the well-being of the community. Measures such as isolation help decrease the spread of the virus, which prevents the health system from collapsing, but these measures also have a cost for the production and logistics systems.