Usually, the only kind of attention supply chain gets is negative. If an order isn’t manufactured, shipped, or delivered on time, supply chain is where the fingers start pointing. But in 2020, as COVID-19 took hold around the world, the often-invisible work of supply chain became a matter of both intense public interest and boardroom gratitude.
When resource scarcity, workforce shortages, and transportation bottlenecks hit hard, it was supply chain experts who kept supermarket shelves stocked with food and stopped businesses’ bottom lines from plummeting. And as more and more disruptions followed on the heels of the pandemic—the semiconductor shortage, the reduction in rubber and lumber production, the Russian invasion of Ukraine—it became apparent that it was supply chain that kept the world moving in times of chaos.
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