5 Components Your Manufacturing and Logistics Company Must Include In Your Business Continuity Plan

Over the years we’ve learned about the different things industries like manufacturing, distribution and logistics need from a business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Your business is specific and unlike many others, you are likely a part of a supply chain that cannot afford downtime or delays.

top-notch business continuity plan in your industry should include:

1. Audit your network infrastructure to identify all devices you need failover plans for:  

  • Firewalls  
  • Access points 
  • ISP 
  • Phone system  
  • Wireless  

 

2. Disaster Recovery Device & Plan
When we speak about disaster recovery devices and plans, typically this refers to how you will recover, manage and handle a data loss or failure. You’ll want to make sure that you explore hardware options that allow you to backup data to a device on-site as well as to the cloud. Additionally, it is important to ask questions about your options to virtualize equipment and keep the business functional while you recover from whatever incident occurred.  

 

3. Investigate the cloud and how your business processes can leverage cloud technology 
Cloud technology allows for heightened productivity, better scalability and in many cases, it is more cost efficient. We recognize that many manufacturing, logistics and distribution companies rely on very specific technology and software, so, every part of your business may not make sense to migrate to the cloud, but this should be a regular thing you look into and stay on top of. 

  

4. Assess Cybersecurity at your facility (operations vs floor staff)
The manufacturing, transportation, logistics and distribution industries have been heavily targeted and impacted in recent years by cybercriminals. This has caused many businesses to begin looking into their cybersecurity and yours likely would benefit from the same.  

You’ll want to be sure to assess both the operations side of things and your production/staging environment. With more and more connected devices being used, criminals are targeting production/staging networks and shutting businesses down for hours, days and sometimes for good.  

 

5. Defined SLAs with essential vendors
In an emergency, the last thing you’ll want is to be reaching out to vendors with little/no answer back. Make sure to negotiate and agree to SLAs (Service Level Agreements) that will satisfy your needs in the event of an emergency. If you don’t know what those are, be sure to contact your vendors to get those details.