International Supply Chains: Meeting Critical Consumer Needs

As COVID-19 spreads in countries across the world, the global supply chain has been challenged by a rapid increase in demand and supply. Here in the U.S., we’ve begun to see disruptions over the past few weeks as Americans prepare to hunker down and stock up on food, supplies and medications. Despite increased demand, the industries we rely on for these essentials are well prepared and will continue to supply our communities during this unprecedented time.

As we’ve seen time and again in times of crisis, the U.S. supply chain is strong and resilient. Industries, such as the food, retail and transportation industries, are working around the clock to supply our communities with the goods and aid we will rely on as we tackle this latest challenge. Grocery stores and pharmacies will continue to be stocked and restocked with food, medicine and consumer goods. Each and every day, America’s truck drivers are on the road and continue to deliver these goods and more to our stores and communities during the weeks ahead.

In addition to coordination between industries, industries are working collaboratively with Administration and government officials to ensure they have the resources they need during this time. For example, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has been advocating for several priorities to support the industry during this time, such as keeping rest stops open for drivers.

A resilient global supply chain is important. Many businesses and industries understand this and focus year-round on initiatives to further strengthen their supply chain operations, especially in a digital age. In times of crisis, we see the strength and resilience of the U.S. supply chain first-hand. This is a challenging time and there is a strong feeling of uncertainty among Americans, but the U.S., like our supply chain, is resilient and will emerge stronger.

Gloria Story Dittus, Chairman, Story Partners