As restrictions continue to ease, the so called ‘pingdemic’ is seeing factories and warehouses across the country stutter. Thousands of workers are being forced to isolate by the NHS Covid app, and there’s still a gaping hole in the labour market throughout the country. Ross Powell, Managing Director of Industore Ltd. – the automated storage and retrieval experts – explains how to overcome the problem of the pingdemic and futureproof your business to ensure a more prosperous future.

Rolls-Royce and Nissan have become the latest, large companies to fall victim to production disruption, as over 10% of their payroll are sent home for 10-days – but the issue isn’t limited to the automotive industry. Once again, retail and hospitality seem to be suffering the most, with over a third of their staff forced into self-isolation in the worst-hit areas – potentially leading to the threat of venue closures all over the country – again. Iceland supermarket has already found itself closing stores as a direct result of the pingdemic– so this isn’t a matter of ‘if’, but a matter ‘when’ the situation deteriorates and more companies are adversely effected.

Industore Pingdemic Graphic

“The Covid-19 pandemic saw a huge increase in the implementation of modern data transfer technology, but the importance of staying ahead of the next variant, or the “pingdemic” cannot be overstated. Today it may be a slow-down in vehicle production – but all sectors are now being impacted by a lack of automated control. This vital tool remains a blind spot for so many companies, and yet is the very lifeblood of the country’s most successful and profitable enterprises. Industore technology and expertise is no longer simply an exercise in reducing business overheads – it is absolutely critical to ensure a prosperous future for companies across the country.

Ross Powell

Managing Director of Industore.

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