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How the U.S. could regain its competitive edge

Feb 24, 2021
President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday designed to make U.S. supply chains more resilient and secure.
The shortage of medical masks in 2020 was one sign that the U.S. needs to improve the security and resilience of its supply chains.
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How Texas weather disruptions will ripple through oil supply chain

Feb 17, 2021
Even after the weather starts improving, this crisis' effects are likely to linger and be felt far beyond the Lone Star State.
The Gulf Coast handles roughly half of the U.S.'s oil refining capacity.
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COVID-19 holiday creep is already here

Oct 12, 2020
Holiday shopping is early and mostly online this year, experts say. Avoiding supply-chain delays is part of the reason.
Consumers return to retail shopping at the a mall in Glendale, Arizona, in June. Holiday shopping will be mostly online this year due to the pandemic.
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How much money are supply chain disruptions costing companies?

Cyberattacks, trade disputes, the coronavirus, natural disasters — it is exceedingly difficult to manage a complex web of business relationships
To make supply chains more resilient, companies can digitize them, hold more inventory and simplify product designs, says Susan Lund of McKinsey. Pictured: Items being transferred at an automated logistics center in Shandong in China's eastern Qingdao province.
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For a Honduran textile factory, the pandemic means uncertainty

Jul 14, 2020
Amid the global pandemic, even supply chains get sick. The director of a polyester yarn factory in Honduras describes how COVID-19 is affecting business.
People queue at a crowded market in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The pandemic has caused problems for the Honduran textile industry, which exports goods to the United States.
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Companies scramble to protect their supply chains

May 29, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities. Some firms are even supporting partners financially to keep vital links intact.
Workers produce N95 face masks at a Honeywell factory in Phoenix. Personal protective gear is part of a solid supply chain.
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U.S. automakers press Mexican partners to restart, rejoin supply chain

May 18, 2020
As U.S automakers restart operations this week, they're pressuring critical suppliers in Mexico to fire up the assembly lines as well, despite significant pandemic risk.
A worker wearing a face mask at a Mercedes-Benz factory. A Mercedes plant in Alabama suspended production because it can't get the necessary parts from Mexico.
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"Just-in-time" manufacturing model challenged by COVID-19

Feb 27, 2020
The model started in the 1970s during the quest for leanness and cost cutting. But it leads to supply chain issues when disasters hit.
Samsung has said its output will be stalled from supply chain problems. Above, a woman wearing a face mask walks past an ad for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 in Seoul on Jan. 30.
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U.S. manufacturers are adjusting supply chains due to coronavirus

Feb 11, 2020
As factories in China idle, American companies scramble to find alternate suppliers.
One of the millions of people who returned to work in China this week after the extended Lunar New Year holiday, which was meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many businesses remain closed, however.
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How the coronavirus is affecting one American business

Feb 7, 2020
The head of OMG Accessories anticipates that the coronavirus will set back the production of her company's products by at least two months.
A sign at an empty mall in Beijing urges visitors to wear masks Wednesday. China's struggle to contain the deadly coronavirus is deepening concerns about the impact on the world's No. 2 economy.
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