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Resilient and sustainable supply chains

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Note from the editor

Resilience may be the most important word of 2020. 

COVID-19 gave new meaning and gravity to risk management, and supply chains with resiliency strategies in place before the pandemic were able to adjust operations quickly to find alternative supply sources and recalibrate production with demand. 

Risk mitigation efforts that started before the pandemic continue, from combating the effects tariffs and trade wars to reducing the carbon footprint of direct operations and the extended supply chain. 

In the trendline below, we examine the concept of resilient and sustainable supply chains — before, during and beyond COVID-19. 

Shefali Kapadia Senior Editor

Canceled orders, delayed payments: How supplier collaboration could reverse apparel's nose dive

Strained supply chains, resource scarcity drive heightened focus on circularity amid pandemic

Supply chain disruptions in healthcare, packaging and other industries are seen as potential opportunities for new reuse and remanufacturing initiatives.

How medical supply chains can diversify beyond COVID-19

Pharma and medical device buyers' heavy reliance on global sourcing lowers costs but has created supply problems during the coronavirus pandemic.

Your business is essential. How do you protect workers during a pandemic?

Wearables could be key for worker safety as warehouses, manufacturers eager to reopen

Wristbands connected to the Internet of Things present a possible safety solution, and privacy concerns.

CH Robinson flexes muscle to wrangle PPE supply chains

The struggle to procure PPE has led states and hospital systems to lean on the procurement and logistics skills of private players.

From Section 301 to COVID-19: How a volatile China changed supply chains

An ongoing trade war, and now a global pandemic, pushed U.S. businesses to diversify and raised the question: Are we too dependent on China?

Why are fashion supply chains so wasteful?

Consumer textile waste may be the larger problem, but the pre-consumer supply chain has its own wasteful practices built in to the way garments are designed and produced.

Resilience Plan of the Year: Williams-Sonoma's trade war strategy

In early 2019, retailers either waited to see what would happen with U.S.-China negotiations, or they prepared for the worst. Williams-Sonoma prepared and it paid off.

Navigating the logistics of recovery after Hurricane Dorian

While agencies and logistics firms are improving their ability to get supplies to ports of entry in disaster zones, the last mile is often where visibility breaks down.

Sustainable sourcing at scale: H&M's approach

Alternative fibers are challenging to produce and procure at scale. A shift from mass market consumption to a craft model with enhanced visibility may be the solution.

How to conduct a freight sustainability analysis

Taking a step-by-step approach to finding the biggest sources of emissions in freight transportation can benefit the business and the bottom line.