The disruption caused by the novel coronavirus has created challenges never before seen.
As governors mandate sweeping workforce and other restrictions in the name of social distancing — as has happened in nearly a dozen states and counting — services labeled “essential” are exempt. So, while some manufacturers announce production suspensions and other businesses shift to skeleton crews, the "essential" cold chain industry is up and running.
"I think just fundamentally, the supply chain is very resilient, and our members and their customers are very, very resilient," Lowell Randel, VP of government and legal affairs for the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), told Supply Chain Dive in an interview. "They're very adaptable and they are committed to making sure that the food supply chain is going to work." Alliance members include firms in warehousing, temperature-controlled trucking, controlled-environment construction and international cold chain development.