QAD and Quistem have developed a 13-point checklist with specific guidelines to help food and beverage manufacturers prepare for the restart or continuity of their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The checklist can be used for evaluating the potential risks involved when restarting operations or guiding manufacturers with a business continuity plan.
“Food and beverage manufacturers have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in dramatically different ways,” said QAD Director, Food and Beverage Steve Dombroski. “Some have had to shut down facilities due to infection or lack of demand, while many, shelf-stable and frozen food producers for example, need to run 24/7 due to surging demand. Manufacturers will need leadership to guide shuttered plants as they reopen and ensure those that stayed open can navigate back to some sense of normalcy. Based on my experience, I believe that leadership starts with an organized plan, a playbook to guide all activities dedicated to bringing back that normalcy.”
The Food & Beverage Manufacturing Restart and Continuity Checklist covers the following topics and provides detailed checkpoints related to each:
- Contingency plans
- Immediate customer delivery requirements
- Immediate delivery plan, including transportation
- Supplier inventory and near-term delivery plan
- Availability of outsourced processes
- Temporary process changes
- Product/process re-qualification plan
- Accuracy of work instructions
- Workforce availability and training
- Equipment, tooling and gauging
- Facility infrastructure
- Communication plans
Those interested in learning more can access the checklist here.
In addition to offering the checklist, QAD and Quistem conducted a Key Restart & Continuity Concerns webinar, led by Mr. Dombroski and Quistem President Cathy Fisher.
Those interested in listening to a recording of the webinar can find it here.
Quistem helps global automotive manufacturers transform their management systems into “Money-making Machines”. We simplify the complex through our integrated approach to management systems development and implementation, enabling our clients to consistently satisfy their customers while fulfilling stringent automotive industry requirements. Over the past 25 years, Quistem has helped automotive manufacturers, from OEMs to Tier 1 thru Tier n, achieve and maintain certification to international management systems standards including ISO 9001, IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 45001. Quistem is at the forefront of standards development to support the transition of the automotive industry towards new mobility solutions.
About QAD – Enabling the Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprise
QAD Inc. is a leading provider of adaptive, cloud-based enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies. Global manufacturers face ever-increasing disruption caused by technology-driven innovation and changing consumer preferences. To survive and thrive, manufacturers must be able to innovate and change business models at unprecedented rates of speed. QAD calls these companies Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprises. QAD solutions help customers in the automotive, life sciences, consumer products, food and beverage, high tech and industrial manufacturing industries rapidly adapt to change and innovate for competitive advantage.
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