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|Laurent Levan, president and general director of URC Vietnam|
The pandemic is having a big impact on consumer behaviours, which shall possibly continue in the next few months and possibly even beyond. We will put all our efforts to helping mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The outbreak is disrupting our businesses, including the food and beverage (F&B) category, and companies like us. While business continuity is important, our people’s safety is our first concern. We have put in place a stricter hygiene policy and work arrangements, which may be extended if the situation requires.
Our key actions include empowering our various task forces, reviewing, and adapting productions plans, pushing logistics flexibility to serve our consumers across the country, and to maintain steady prices. The out-of-home could create negative impacts if the isolation and social distancing measures are going to last in Vietnam. Therefore, we need to adapt and adjust our processes, and we have launched various initiatives to support our distribution partners.
Being a leading F&B player, URC is encouraged to maintain its operations to serve consumers. Having said that, URC and our staff are strictly complying with the directions of the government as well as internal hygiene and safety policies to ensure the best state of health and safety for employees, partners, and the community.
Our mission is to delight consumers with brands of exceptional quality and value, and our mission is also to answer the needs of our consumers during the crisis: healthy products, on-the-go products, and meaningful products.
In our portfolio, our energy drink Rong Do can support the front-liners bringing them alertness during those extended hours on duty: they need to stay strong and keep confidence to help our communities.
Our ready-to-drink tea C2 is made of natural tea leaves, brewed fresh with all the natural antioxidants for Vietnamese people, boosting immunity and wellness.
The new C2 Black Tea offers bold taste and flavour, together with the same natural antioxidants found in our natural tea leaves.
In term of business operations, while we cannot predict the future, it is timely for us to have appropriate assessment and preparation for plausible scenarios. We have initiated a cross-functional COVID-19 team to step out of their day-to-day roles and dedicate most of their time to virus response.
This team will be responsible to ensure first the stabilisation of the company by defining scenarios tailored to the context, and also ensure resilience in the supply chain. URC Vietnam is also investing in our company’s core customer segments, as we can be agile and anticipate purchasing behaviour as consumers now begin to live a new normal.As a responsible company, URC Vietnam is participating with the country’s efforts by donating VND700 million to the VNExpress Hope Foundation and VND1 billion to the “Fight COVID-19 with Tuoi Tre” programme in partnership with the Young Business Association. These contributions will help to provide medical, sanitation, and hygiene products for frontliners. These important social actions are in the continuity of doing good for the community following partnership with other players in the industry to set up the Packaging Recycling Organisation Vietnam, in which URC Vietnam is a founding member.