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The Delta Variant: Examining the Possible Impacts on Small Businesses

During the last 12 months, individuals, families, and small businesses have been through a lot. The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of the fundamental ways that we live our lives. Even though it is good news that many people are getting vaccinated, the reality is that the United States is going to have a hard time reaching the threshold required for herd immunity. While there may be a significant boost when children begin to get vaccinated, it likely will not be enough for us to reach that threshold. With the rise of the Delta variant, many people are worried about what this could do to the economy. What are the potential impacts on businesses? Learn more below.

The Possible Spread of Infections

Of course, one of the biggest issues at the possible spread of infections. During the past few months, we have seen a drop in coronavirus cases as many people have gotten vaccinated. Unfortunately, the Delta variant appears to be worse than the original virus that circulated in the country. Therefore, it is possible that this virus could begin to spread in your local area as well. If infections begin to spread, a lot of people are going to get sick. It is even possible that your employees could have to miss work. You need to think about putting contingency plans in place for this possibility. You also need to think about using infection control measures in your business, such as hand sanitizer, to prepare for this problem. 

A Potential Lockdown

There’s also a chance that the country could lockdown again. Even though it is possible that the country has lost its appetite for these types of protective measures, it is also possible that your business might have to shut down again. Even know this might not be something you want to think about, it is something you need to plan for. What are you going to do if your business has to close its doors for several months? There might not be the same safety nets available as there was last time. Therefore, you should start planning for how your business is going to survive financially, bracing for another hit.

Issues with the Supply Chain

You also need to think carefully about integrated business planning, because there could be issues with the supply chain. Even though it is good news that the United States appears to remain open, there are other parts of the world that may end up shutting down. If you have business tentacles that extend overseas, you might have to contend with problems related to the supply chain. What happens if your suppliers have to close down? What happens if you do not have access to the same inventory? You might be able to address this concern by working with multiple suppliers, protecting yourself if one of them has to close. 

Breach of Contract Issues

Another issue could have to do with breach-of-contract cases. There are two situations where your business may be involved in this. First, your supplier might not be able to honor your contract if they have to close down. What are you going to do in this situation? How are you going to handle this? Then, if your supplier is not able to meet his or her demands, you might not be able to fulfill the contracts that you have with your customers. What are you going to do? Are you going to be involved in a legal battle? Think about what happens if you are not able to meet the demands of your contracts.

A Lot of Uncertainty in the Markets

Finally, another impact of the Delta variant is that there is a lot of uncertainty in the market right now. There are a lot of countries that are very concerned about their low vaccination rates and the possible spread of cases. If your business has money invested in the market, you may have issues as well. Every industry is going to react differently to what is happening. Some industries may do well while other industries may struggle. What does this mean for your field? How can your business handle this volatility in the marketplace? 

Plan for the Future Accordingly

Ultimately, there are a lot of people who are concerned about the rising cases. Business owners need to act now to make sure they protect themselves accordingly. Even though it is impossible to predict exactly what is going to happen, it is possible for business owners to take steps now. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are prepared for a lot of these issues. If you have questions or concerns about how you can position your business for this possibility, you should reach out to a professional who can help you.