Howie Fenton Shares Business Strategies to Reduce the Impact of Continued Pandemic Interruptions
In the July 2021 article of the Graphic Communication Advisors Group (GCAG), well-known industry expert Howie Fenton, principal of Howie Fenton Consulting, shares strategies for companies to cope with the anticipated continuation of the pandemic. His article is entitled, “Seven Survival Best Practices From Business Downturns—Lessons learned from the pandemic that will help for tomorrow’s planning,”
Fenton, a frequent consultant, writer, and speaker on matters of printing industry management, advises on steps to take should the DELTA variant of the pandemic persist through the remainder of this year and possibly beyond. His full article appears here.
Fenton covers: Quantifying a staff reduction plan for volume declines; how to reduce staff but respond to peak demand with a call staff strategy; using cross-training to reduce staff; how to shift from “firefighting” to “fire prevention” to reduce rework; overcoming bottlenecks; automation; and telecommuting options.
Harvey Levenson, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus and coordinator of the GCAG, said: “Howie Fenton provides compelling details covering each of his recommended survival practices. What is significant is that his information is current and comes from what he learned from the impact of the pandemic on our industry. What is particularly important about Howie’s advice is that it now appears that the pandemic, and its DELTA variant, is not soon going away. I suggest that all who have dealt with doing business during these trying times carefully consider Howie’s recommendations.”
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