COVID-19 not only wreaked havoc on public health, but it also began a cycle of disruption in sourcing and fulfillment that may never return to any semblance of “normal.” In fact, for both the short and long term, supply chain executives will need to focus on “flexible” in their job descriptions.
Global Supply Chain
The entire world is watching aghast as our nation continues to struggle with its COVID-19 response, where our broken supply chain cannot supply medical workers with enough masks and face shields to keep them reasonably healthy. The pandemic has exposed inadequacies and vulnerabilities in supply chains that were supposed to provide the much-needed supplies in the healthcare system. But life-threatening shortages are reported daily. COVID-19 testing kits and nasal swabs, lab processing chemicals, hand sanitizer and ventilators are in desperately short supply.
Global sourcing offers numerous benefits. Unfortunately, due to misinformation, many companies overlook global sourcing as a solution and miss out on potential productivity benefits. In this article and the complimentary infographic, we will explore and debunk some of the most persistent myths about global sourcing.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental questions for governments and businesses about the resilience of international trade.
How to ensure supplies of crucial goods (medical supplies, food) that are dependent on global supply chains?
How to survive the immediate crisis and be best placed, with suppliers and customers, to resume production as soon as conditions allow?
How to protect national industries while retaining the benefits of free and fair international trade?
There were two stories in recent news that grabbed my attention. All across the country, food banks are overwhelmed with demand. Families in desperate need waited for hours for a week’s worth of supplies over Easter weekend, with lines of cars stretching for miles. The demand outstretched many facilities’ ability to fulfill, with some leaving empty-handed, or with less than they need.
When the first few cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) were detected just four short months ago, few could have expected what has now become our new reality. We are in the midst of a global pandemic outbreak that tragically continues to claim the lives of thousands and disrupt the livelihoods of countless others. On top of that, it’s also causing serious business, supply chain and economic disruptions worldwide. From shortages in supply and talent, to quarantine and border closures, the impact is increasing by the day, continuing to wreak havoc on businesses and supply chains.
To understand long-term transformations in supply chain and procurement technology, supply chain professionals must be able to understand present trends so they can help shape future realities. Experts believe the following predictions are viable hypotheses that we should consider for 2030.
As supply chains become increasingly complex, identifying the legal risks inherent in managing such a widely dispersed network of suppliers, manufacturers and other trading partners is key to spotting issues and being able to solve them as soon as possible. Global supply chains come under threat from a wide range of risks including natural disasters, financial crisis, strikes, and, perhaps a most prominent concern of late, cybercrime and terrorism.