How weak of a link is the coronavirus in the supply chain?

There is no doubt that COVID-19 is creating a significant impact throughout the world, both in the short and long term, and the disruption to the supply chain is immense. We are seeing a number of major trends along the supply chain and related industrial real estate areas resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. First, some good news. China, which is the source of many supply chains, is starting its comeback. As of this writing, factory production in the country is anywhere from 50 to 80 percent back online with some reduced staff (based on recent ISM survey); up from a standstill leading up to the Jan 25th Chinese New Year (CNY) and weeks after. Obviously, the prolonged gap in product flow created from CNY and the outbreak of COVID-19 created a one-two punch lasting 8 to 12 weeks. In addition to reevaluating the shutdown for CNY altogether, many companies were already shifting as much sourcing as possible away from China to other countries in Asia and India, according to a very recent supply chain leader study conducted by the Supply Chain Leaders in Action. According to a survey performed by Institute of Supply Management, 62 percent of manufacturers are seeing delayed orders and 53 percent are having hard time getting information from China. Additionally, 48 percent of manufacturers are seeing slower logistics in China as well as delays at ports while 57 percent report longer lead times from China. Click to read more at