Manufacturers are having difficulty staffing their plants as manufacturing ramps up from the COVID shutdowns. Staffing agencies and tiered automotive suppliers are increasingly reporting a sparse labor force.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is making strategic decisions to accelerate the return of manufacturing to the US, but the absence of a strong labor base, high levels of automation and decreased levels of productivity may largely limit these efforts.
The current situation forces suppliers to take a close look at their footprint. Organizations that match capacity and demand during these times will be positioned for a strong comeback.
North America can look to Asia for outcome data on contact tracing, factory hygiene protocols and government actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.