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Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic Exposing the Shortcomings of Current Supply Chain Operations: A Long-Term Prescriptive Offering

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School of Management, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
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Institute of Operations Research and Analytics, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117602, Singapore
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Department of Analytics and Operations, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119245, Singapore
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Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5858; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145858
Received: 13 May 2020 / Revised: 14 July 2020 / Accepted: 15 July 2020 / Published: 21 July 2020
COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory virus that has posed a great threat to the general public. In order to prevent its spread, many governments have enacted stringent measures. Supply chains around the world are facing major disruptions and difficulties adjusting to the new demands and needs of a locked down world. In this paper, we will address the relationship between supply chain operations and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Given current global shortages in essential goods such as medication, we explore the connection between said shortage and supply chain issues, such as the lack of supply chain transparency and resilience, as well as unsustainable just-in-time manufacturing. To mitigate the effects of these issues and protect supply chain operations, we propose some recommendations, such as nationalizing the medical supply chains, adopting a plus one diversification approach, and increasing safety stock. These recommendations are given to not only mitigate current consequences in relation to the ongoing crisis, but also to suggest measures that will provide firms the resiliency needed to weather similar potential shortages in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; supply chain disruptions; risk management; resilience COVID-19; supply chain disruptions; risk management; resilience
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Zhu, G.; Chou, M.C.; Tsai, C.W. Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic Exposing the Shortcomings of Current Supply Chain Operations: A Long-Term Prescriptive Offering. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5858. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145858

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Zhu G, Chou MC, Tsai CW. Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic Exposing the Shortcomings of Current Supply Chain Operations: A Long-Term Prescriptive Offering. Sustainability. 2020; 12(14):5858. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145858

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Zhu, Guiyang, Mabel C. Chou, and Christina W. Tsai. 2020. "Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic Exposing the Shortcomings of Current Supply Chain Operations: A Long-Term Prescriptive Offering" Sustainability 12, no. 14: 5858. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145858

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