I’m not a gambler, but I’ve been to Las Vegas a few times, and I’ve never seen the city so quiet. These days I’m attending Conexpo 2020, an edition that will likely be remembered as the weirdest ever.

Las Vegas hasn’t yet registered a case, but the tension is palpable. There are fewer visitors than usual and fewer exhibitors, but not just from countries with the Covid19 outbreak, there are many domestic companies missing as well. With hand sanitizers all over the place, a recommendation for no handshaking and physical distance while conversing, this is our new normal. While hotel properties have mostly stayed silent on any concerns, MGM Resort’s recent move to shut down buffets later this week speaks volumes. And the trickle-down effect on tourism will soon be felt by the entire hospitality industry as fewer people risk leaving their homes and cities.

All over the world, companies have either implemented or discussed a smart-working strategy. At Flexxaire, our team is spread across Canada and Europe, and these remote employees have been successful because of our smart-working culture. Working remotely would not be successful without the infrastructure in place to ensure smooth communication and access to information. An attempt to start this process while in a state of emergency can be cumbersome. Nevertheless, companies must see this as an opportunity to implement something that, sooner or later, will reshape the work routine we know today.

The impact on Canada by this pandemic is changing every day. We understand that this situation won’t resolve quickly, and businesses will need time to recover, especially in southern Europe. Flexxaire is operating as usual, and our team, regardless of location, is ready to help our customers. As a partner to your business, we want to help overcome this problematic situation by rescheduling orders and deliveries as needed.

It is said that opportunity can be found in difficult situations. Being accountable for business development means finding opportunities in the market and developing strategies to turn that vision into reality. Although the outcome is uncertain, we will carry on and learn some valuable lessons from this monumental event.

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