Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Hospitality Supply Chain: Challenges and Solutions

Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Hospitality Supply Chain: Challenges and Solutions

How COVID-19 Affects the Hospitality Supply Chain
The year 2020 has been very challenging, unlike anything most of us have ever experienced in our lives before. While we have shown our resilience, obstacles remain that continue to impede our path, and create the necessity for constant changes as our lives have also changed.

What Causes It?

Product Market

In the beginning, port shutdowns due to COVID-19 related issues, coupled with the removal of vessels and reduced sailings, created severe pinch points throughout the global supply chain.

Since then, cargo volumes have surged to fulfil increased inventory requirements.

Recently, the COVID-19 outbreaks have promulgated the necessity of void/blank sailings and port omissions. These actions taken by carriers were a necessity due to the cause. So how does it affect the supply chain?

Difficult Decision

Due to the impact of the COVID pandemic, the hospitality supply chain business has suffered in turn since there is far less activity in hotels/motels etc.

Many suppliers have adjusted their replenishment schedules to reduce inventory and warehouse costs. While the vaccine is around the corner, the economy is expected to pick up next summer.

Another difficult decision for aspiring supply chain management is whether to continue to reduce inventory costs or to take a chance and prepare for future orders.

Shipment Delays 

Reduced capacity and deteriorating schedule integrity have resulted in mass equipment imbalances in head haul regions such as China and S.E Asia.

Due to a lack of equipment and space, rates in Asia have reached all-time highs, leaving customers dissatisfied. In North America and Europe, carriers have reduced export allocations in favour of moving empty equipment back to Asia to fulfil high-yield cargo.

With many exports needing extended free time, carriers have opted to reduce the cargo and could turn containers faster. So, when will this vicious cycle end?

Futhermore, many companies had to budget everything since a lot of traffic stopped during covid and the lockdown situation. A lot of companies got their business pausing.

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

We believe the post-Chinese New Year will add pressure to the continuing situation into late spring.

With heightened communication and information sharing, we are well positioned to battle the storm to succeed. The world keeps looking for solutions, ideas, and improvement to live with that and keep people and businesses flourish. Safety measures that will make our life more convenient.

As your Hospitality Supply Solutions Provider, HYC Design will continue our efforts to manufacture and source quality supplies during this most difficult time.

We have a variety of products that can help you confront the Covid and also help your employees and customers feel safe.

You can also check our article about How Hotels are Coping with Covid-19 to have some more information and inspiration about this situation and how to face it

Contact HYC Design at or email us at to find out how we can help you save money on hospitality procurement. Also, if you have any requires or questions, we will be more than happy to help you with that.


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