WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
As we head into the festive season with product shortages still tainting our festivities, many will be wondering when the shelves will be full again. Is the supply struggle a pandemic-related blip, or are these ongoing problems here to stay?
To explain what’s gone wrong, The Agenda’s Stephen Cole speaks to Mickey Howard, Professor in Sustainable Supply Chain Management at Exeter University, who says The key point to remember about supply chains is that driven by information and some of it's real time, some of it's a bit dodgy, some of it's been downright wrong.
Howard says these problems are temporary, but he suspects this is a wakeup call for us to start thinking a little bit more about terms such as the circular economy moving away from globalization and thinking about a more local way of working.
“Of course, this has got huge ramifications for local business. But I think we've become too used to having our fresh fruit and vegetable shipped over either by air or by freight.”
MEET THE EXPERT
Mickey Howard is a Professor in Sustainable Supply Chain Management at Exeter University.
His research focuses on sustainable systems and the transition to a circular economy.
In addition, Mickey Howard is Advisor to the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Education Executive.
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