“These are adapt or die days for New Zealand businesses.
And while not everyone is an essential worker it is absolutely essential that business continue to find ways to keep the wheels of commerce turning, to ensure their businesses are viable and ready for the bounce back when doors can be opened again.
Trading the business suit for active wear and pyjamas is not the only change, here’s how some New Zealand businesses and organisations are keeping the lights on, keeping connected, creating new collaborations and adapting their operation at pace […]
Loveblock Wines CEO Erica Crawford: Switch to machine harvesting and split shifts
It’s business but not as usual. We are using a lot more machine harvesting which is a lot safer and we have reduced hand picking down to two hectares. We have a Loveblock person to set up harvesters at 2m distance from the operator, and we have split shifts.
All workers are now separated, essentially working alone on each vineyard and are in bubbles which contain only family and no other essential workers. This has been a big change as seasonal workers are usually put up together in accommodation. We also housed one of a neighbouring winery’s shift bubbles at our woolshed smoko. Shifts are now staggered, no more than two person in lunch room and smoko with very strict roster and hygiene rules.
There is considerable opposition to wine being an essential business but thank heavens we can harvest the grapes. The fact of the matter is that Blenheim will die as a town without the wine industry. On the upside the crop this year is beautiful – more impressive than previous years and it’s almost as if Mother Nature is giving us something special in these trying times.”
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