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As coronavirus spreads, straining stocks of hand sanitizer and face masks, companies like Foxconn and LVMH are adapting their factories to make protective gear instead of iPhones and Fendi bags. But changing entire production lines to manufacture unfamiliar items is no simple task.

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  • Pre planning for systemic events and positioning emergency equipment and supplies has been a standard business/banking practice for years. The military is famous for considering possible events and setting up logistics plans. It will be interesting after the fact to determine which governments followed

    Pre planning for systemic events and positioning emergency equipment and supplies has been a standard business/banking practice for years. The military is famous for considering possible events and setting up logistics plans. It will be interesting after the fact to determine which governments followed best practices and which did nothing. Companies that can switch should have been given time to prepare.