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The COVID-19 Effect: Reconfigured Supply Chains & Remote Work | Uphoff on Industry

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Each month, Tony Uphoff, visionary CEO of, joins Cloud Wars Live for a recurring segment. “Uphoff on Industry” will explore the innovations, upheavals, and breakthroughs reshaping the the world of manufacturing and industrial markets. Join Tony and me as we discuss disruptive new trends in the digital-industrial world. These include how we design, source and manufacture products. And also the new ways in which industrial companies are getting up to speed on marketing, sales and customer experience.

Episode 12

In this episode: Tony shares some of the coronavirus-related trends that Thomas has been observing and new data they’re collecting.

About 8 weeks ago, they started to see notable upticks in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and prefabricated building materials, such as China used to construct a new hospital in a matter of days. Now, Thomas is monitoring changes in global supply chains. As COVID-19 spread rapidly within the country and China closed off from the world, Canada, the United States, and Mexico stepped in to fill the links in supply chains for industries like auto, electronics, aerospace and more. Tony expects that it’s going to be tough for China to recover that business, at least in the short term.

Next, Tony and I peer a bit into the future to explore what positive consequences might come from the disruptions coronavirus is causing in workplaces. Seeing employees thrive from home may have business leaders rethinking their fixed infrastructure. Using video conferencing to communicate with clients may transform how companies think about marketing and account management. Neither Tony nor I is a futurist, but we felt some excitement in considering these possibilities.

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