It’s been nearly three years since COVID-19 upended global supply chain operations, and businesses have been scrambling to keep up ever since. This year, challenges continued as the industry grappled with the war in Ukraine and a major slowdown in consumer demand.
Many worked to optimize operations and maintain resilience in 2022 through automation, M&A and changing inventory strategies. New disruptions also forced businesses to pivot – strike threats across major transportation modes, for example, reshaped U.S. cargo flows and created congestion on the East Coast.
As 2022 comes to a close, we take a look at the 9 stories showcasing some of the year’s top trends. We’ll see how many trends stick around for 2023.