Posted on October 20, 2020

The Coronavirus’ Effect On Our Industry

I cannot tell you how many Sundays I thought to myself “where do I need to go this week?”, and then think to myself,” I do not need to go anywhere because of this virus…with a sense of some relief.”. It has been kind of nice however I do miss meeting with customers and our factory partners in various countries.

As an importer, if the Chinese duties and tariffs did not add enough of a challenge the coronavirus has added a whole another level of complication to the wood components supply chain from every country. Now we need to rely on our factory partners and our SCC QC staff in the USA & various countries to qualify factories and maintain quality control for all programs without our visiting. Amazingly, it’s working quite well. Yes, I wish we could visit certain factories to establish our guidelines & principles. However, it has still worked out as well as we could’ve hoped or achieved if we had gone to the factories ourselves. Our USA staff combined with our offshore staff in the various countries have done amazingly well-monitoring quality and putting into effect additional quality measures to confirm product arrives on quality. And, our travel expenses are down to almost 0!!

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