US President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with Supply Chain Distributors to discuss the response to COVID-19 at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2020.
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The successful relaunch of the U.S. economy after the coronavirus shutdown will depend on how effectively companies treat the ills of the global supply chain. The pandemic exposed the weak links in a distribution system that was normally hidden from public scrutiny. Instead, the disruption of the global supply chain made headlines: the lack of masks and ventilators for health-care workers and patients, the shutdown of meat-processing plants in the Midwest as the virus ravaged the workforce, the shortages of toilet paper and hand gel caused by consumer hoarding.
The impact of the disruption runs deep. An April survey by the Institute of Supply Management reported that 95% of U.S. companies expected their supply chains to be disrupted by the coronavirus and that almost half expected…