In 2022, most of the world began to emerge from the long Covid slumber, excited to return to some semblance of normalcy. The same could not be said for Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs), for whom the idea of “normalcy” may never return. In fact, the world they now face is being driven and shaped by an ongoing climate of disruption that has altered the future of global commerce.
Perhaps no other facet of this industry has dealt with more disruption than supply and planning. Companies are still struggling to manage inventories to fulfill customer needs, and wobbly economies the world over threaten to create further fluctuations in demand. So, what’s the solution? How can CSCOs make their supply chains disruption-proof? Before we can answer that question, we have to examine some key trends that have led the industry to where it is today.