Experts are predicting a shortage in the meat supply in the coming weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the conditions in meatpacking plants. Rob Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations and supply chain management, sees the entire meat supply system taking a hit due to fewer workers in factories.
“There will most definitely be a reduction in the normal packages of meat cuts that you would have,” said Handfield. “A lot of the processing, like de-boning a chicken, is a manual operation. The company may just send a whole chicken to the store and consumers would have to figure out how to de-bone and skin it themselves.”
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This article was originally published on the Poole College of Management News website here.