In cooperation with local health authorities and the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are taking action to minimize the risk of impact on our employees and maintain continuity across our businesses that supply products critical to the country’s economic health.
As a crucial part of the supply chain providing essential goods and products needed by communities around the world to sustain everyday life, WIC will continue to operate the business through this crisis.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
Is WIC an "essential business"?
In light of the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide an update confirming that WIC is an essential business and will continue to operate and serve our customers. Essential businesses are those that are a crucial part of the supply chain providing essential goods and products needed by communities around the world to sustain everyday life. WIC is an essential business in many ways.
WICPack provides critical packaging and products to global supply chains to ensure that life-saving treatments and devices make it to healthcare workers and patients; electricity flows from power plants; communications continue to transmit through network infrastructures; and our national security remains strong.
Does WIC anticipate any supply interruptions?
At this time, WIC does not anticipate any interruption in supply of raw materials, production or distribution of our products. We are increasing inventory and implementing workforce plans to maintain consistent supply to our customers.
WIC operates multiple manufacturing and distribution facilities in North America. Our teams are prepared to implement a strategy to redeploy inventory and manufacturing capacity to minimize disruption to our customers through our business continuity plan. As a national and international manufacturer, we have supply chain processes and protocols in place to manage through emergency situations.
How is WIC preparing for coronavirus?
We have mobilized a task force that is focused on developing best practices and prepared to shift inventory and manufacturing capacity to different locations so that disruption to our customers is minimized. The task force is in constant contact with all sites to assess and react to this evolving situation. Our main objectives are employee wellbeing and business continuity.
Our manufacturing operations are working to build inventory to maintain supply. We are in continuous communication with our suppliers and logistics partners to maintain the flow of materials to our plants and delivery to our customers. We are working to make sure our employees and suppliers are able to stay healthy and come to work to perform the production and service activities to support our customers through this unprecedented period.
What best practices is WIC putting in place for employees?
To date, we have not had any indications of COVID-19 infections among our staff members, but we are taking a cautious approach.
We are asking that employees continue to take precautions to remain healthy. This includes good hygiene habits such as washing their hands regularly, covering their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth, etc.
Most recently, WIC implemented policies in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC, local and government agencies.
These include but are not limited to:
- - Provide ongoing and clear communication and education regarding COVID-19 to our team
- - Daily monitoring of CDC guidelines to update and adapt procedures and policies
- - Have a plan to respond quickly should a team member show symptoms or present other risk factors as outlined by the CDC
- - Suspend Business Travel
- - Restrict access to our manufacturing facilities
- - Social distancing of workers, including remote work when possible
- - Segmenting manufacturing workers into multiple shifts to limit the risk of exposure
- - Establish a complete environmental cleaning and disinfecting protocol based on CDC guidelines for our facilities
- - Conduct both internal and external meetings via web conferencing and/or by phone
- - Ensure critical suppliers have continuity plans in place and can continue to provide raw materials and products.