The pandemic’s effect on a variety of density-dependent industries has been well documented. Restaurants and bars in particular suffered as patrons stayed home to stay safe. But those establishments were able to offer takeout and dining outside to stay afloat. For Parsippany-based Corporate Essentials, neither was an option. The company provides coffee, food and other services for offices, and remote work essentially dried up its business.
Established 25 years ago, the company had been growing steadily before the pandemic, but has faced perhaps its most difficult year. In the latest edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with Corporate Essentials Chief Executive Officer Judson Kleinman about how the company has coped with the lockdown and the prospects for the future.
“I do believe that we’re going to be, at least, 50 to 75% back to a kind of normal by the end of this year,” he said. “But we’re not out of this yet, and I beg people to really be diligent about being careful, both in terms of wearing a mask even after you’ve gotten the vaccine and keep the precautions in place, because there’s no guarantee that you can’t get it and what we don’t want to do is go backwards. We want to keep continue to move forward.” Watch the full interview HERE.