Live Zoom webinar panel session (see conference website for Zoom link)
The pandemic came fast and furious and publicly exposed the vulnerabilities between demand, logistics and the supply chain. From a drop in production to consumer hoarding and panic buying, most people were impacted in some way by shortages of personal care items, food products, prescription medications and even medical treatments. According to a survey by Supply Chain Management, 75% of U.S. companies encountered pandemic-driven disruptions. How will companies be able to make their networks more resilient? What economic disparities were exposed by shortages? To what extent should Americans learn to do more with less? What changes would result from more reliance on direct purchases from local producers, such as community gardens, farmers and meat producers?