Undergirding the world economy

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Undergirding the world economy

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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Dear Editor,

Logistics and supply chain are means through which we provide a cycle or free flow of goods from its suppliers to customers. Pandemics or epidemics disrupt the supply chain and create gaps within society.

Supply chains have fuelled globalisation beyond our wildest dreams. The average person can now buy Italian meat without setting foot in Italy. But we have never truly gone to investigate the logistical operations to provide a variety of goods to the world's people.

Pandemics stretch the capability and rigidity of a good supply chain as the rigours of the upstream flows are tested for being able to continuously provide raw materials to manufacturers for the production of goods, while the manufacturers have the task of maintaining a high level of production.

The recent pandemic of COVID-19 has led to a major disruption within the supply chain, as the volume of goods being moved worldwide has subsided. One must therefore understand that the shutting down of an economy to better control, stop, or even reduce such an outbreak can have a long-lasting effect.

Logistical operations are critical to the simplest and most complex businesses across the globe, and for the world's economy to come to a standstill this would mean that the stores would be without goods, homes without food, and people without jobs.

We are yet to understand the true powers of the supply chain and, as a developing country, this should be our main focus. The ideology of moving with the times allows for us not to fall behind, but without an understanding and appreciation for the role of logistics, especially in the recent spread of COVID-19, we will be.

Keldon Green


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