Manufacturers and supply chain organizations must prioritize limiting third-party risk as they produce, warehouse and deliver essential goods and medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Curtis Simpson, former VP and global CISO with multi-billion-dollar food marketer and distributor Sysco Corporation, in a podcast interview with SC Media.
Houston-based Sysco is one of multiple companies that has drastically shifted its standard operating procedures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Normally, the company ships food, smallwares, kitchen equipment and related supplies to clientele such as restaurants, schools and hotels. But with many of its usual customers closed for business, Sysco has begun delivering to grocery stores, which are struggling to keep shelves stocked. Meanwhile, companies such as Dyson, Ford and GM have literally had to convert certain manufacturing facilities to produce items they normally don't make, such as ventilators or personal protective equipment.
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