Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Pick” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. This post by John Richardson from Transportation Insight’s blog looks at Aesop’s fable about the ants and the grasshopper as a lesson for businesses, especially at this time as companies deal with the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Most people know the Aesop’s fable about the ants and the grasshopper. The ants quietly work through the summer to sustain themselves for the winter, while the grasshopper plays music when the season is good. Before the winter, the grasshopper can’t find food, while the ants’ diligent work ensured they have enough for themselves.
The simple lesson: there’s a time for work and time for play. But if you look deeper, there’s also a lesson businesses can learn – especially since the novel Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has changed the way many of us work.
That lesson extends well beyond working remotely. When you consider cargo is slowly starting to move across Asia Pacific routes, domestic freight lanes are at capacity, and parcel carriers are prioritizing freight based on contents and destination, logistics networks are about to be tested like never before. Has your company done the work to handle the current supply chain challenges?