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Business As Usual Despite Swine Flu For Container Industry

Friday, 24th July 2009
Many shipping container businesses are facing turmoil due to the high number of cases of Swine Flu in the U.K. For small companies the threat of swine flu could mean they are unable to operate if a large percentage of their workforce go out sick. Emergency plans are being set in place by many companies to ensure business runs as usual. Some of the measures being taken include ensuring any members of staff with unique skills are identified and immediate training given to those able to cover their role in the event of absence. Employers must also consider using temporary staff or contractors for interim cover. Container transport and logistics plays a vital role in the supply chain for U.K imports and any major outbreak could lead to serious disruption. As yet the effect of the pandemic on business seems to be minimal. The number of people suffering from swine flu however is rising daily, the government’s national flu service website was inundated with so many visitors yesterday that is crashed shortly after launching. The effect of swine flu on the shipping container industry will be the same as any other, however the consequences of any major disruption could have much wider implications.

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