In a recent article, we talked about the economic opportunity China represents and the challenges of doing business there. However, these days the country is facing an entirely different and unprecedented challenge. The coronavirus outbreak has so far affected the lives of tens of thousands. Restaurants and stores have closed, amusement parks have shut down, and people are confined to work from home to minimize potential exposure to the deadly virus. It is a trying time for the Chinese people, and, arguably, one no one could have anticipated.
Businesses banking on the continuous growth of the Chinese economy are now feeling the impact the coronavirus has on their bottom line. Some industries are more heavily affected than others. The closure of ports aimed at containing the spread of the virus is now affecting the global supply chain of manufactured goods. For instance, the carmaker Hyundai has been forced to shut down their plants in South Korea due to a lack of components normally shipped out of China. The coronavirus will continue to have ripple effects on the global business until it is successfully contained.
Global brands such as Nike or Under Armour who have local operations have all shown unwavering support to the Chinese people by offering advice on how they should take care of their health or exercise to keep in shape while they are forced to stay home. Starbucks has detailed all the steps they have taken to ensure the health and safety of their employees during this difficult moment while thanking them.
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