A recent survey from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT) shows that in 2009, 68% of major logistics and supply chain operations have specific plans in place for dealing with the possibility of a flu pandemic as part of their overall disaster recovery strategy—that’s up from 43% in last year’s survey.
Of those companies with specific flu plans, almost two-thirds (63%) include counter measures, such as face masks, gloves and anti-viral medications, in addition to the use of schedule changes, overtime, agency staff, and other arrangements.
After all, as Steve Agg, Chief Executive of CILT said, when it comes to the flu, “Crossing fingers and hoping for the best is not a viable operational strategy.”
Now, though, some companies that took extraordinary precautions are coming under fire from critics. (more…)