- A number of companies in non-medical fields have dedicated production lines to the fight against the coronavirus
- Companies focused on such objectives include China-based Foxconn, which assembles iPhones for Apple, LVMH, Zara and Rolls Royce
- It is unheard of for companies to take such a stand, especially since the Second World War came to an end
A number of non-medical companies have taken steps to provide support as the coronavirus continues to affect people all over the world.
China-based Foxconn, which assembles iPhones for Apple, LVMH, Zara and Rolls Royce have all come on board to contribute their quota.
Foxconn has dedicated itself to making face masks, LVMH is producing hand sanitisers, Zara is making hospital scrubs available and Rolls Royce has been tasked by United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to assist with the making of ventilators.
In the United States of America (USA), President Donald Trump has promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to ensure the production of medical supplies.
Qz.com reports that since the end of World War II, it is has been unusual for companies in different industries to switch productions for the common good.
The decision to switch to an entirely new area of focus, however, comes with some challenges.
The challenges usually come in the form of a lack of a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the new product, equipment needed and competencies of workers.
Companies are therefore compelled to switch to products close to their current areas of focus; mention can be made of silk manufacturers making parachutes, while automakers switched to the production of plane engines, guns and tanks during World War II.
In other news, the latest trends in business and commerce have shown a growing reliance on delivery robots and autonomous vehicles.
As the coronavirus continues to affect people on a daily basis, there is a growing belief that increased reliance on driverless vehicles for pickup, transportation of goods and other services could be the way to go.
Companies such as Alphabet’s Waymo and KiwiBot in the United States of America, have adopted a system of constant disinfection of autonomous vehicles.
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