Our modern age of convenience makes just about everything we need or want available with a click on the computer, a phone call, or at worst a drive to the neighborhood store. There isn’t much we can’t have delivered or have done for us, and very few of our affairs we can’t manage online. And quite frankly, it’s great.The “Just-In-Time” inventory and manufacturing methods utilized throughout the overall supply chain, and in most business’s have been invaluable in terms of efficiency and reducing costs. But mindlessly relying on them for daily living can make us less resilient and ill-prepared should the unexpected happen. The downside is that as we become accustomed to having what we want, when we want it, we gradually build a lifestyle that grows to depend on a vast interconnected and interdependent supply chain that in reality has no backup, little redundancy, and is far from failsafe. The question we should ask ourselves, is “what happens when it breaks?”It actually “breaks” fairly often, but on a relatively small scale when viewed from a global perspective. Consider the aftermath of all the hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and more. While in no way minimizing the tragedy of these… Read full this story
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