I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Next Purchasing Crisis & Contingency Plans.”
To be blunt, this wasn’t one of my favorite purchasing articles to write. To think of the potential impact of pandemic influenza is not pleasant.
I don’t know how prepared they will be for the real deal, but state and local governments and health care providers are talking a good game. They seem to want to be ahead of the curve with their contingency planning.
I really hope that my procurement brethren are prepared as well. Contingency planning is not as fun as, say, developing a sourcing strategy. Contingency planning is easy to put aside for addressing more urgent matters. But contingency planning gotta be done – especially with this particular threat.
To this day, suppliers are still talking about being affected by Hurricane Katrina. And pandemic influenza seems to be much worse in its potential threat.
But we have more time to prepare. Will you use that time for contingency planning?
Or will you take your chances?