Navigating chaos: How to overcome the supply chain challenges of our time

By Christian Wendt

Multiple crises redefine markets and upset the balance of power: entire economic sectors come under pressure, business models crumble and supply chains break. The experience is neither a gradual process nor a cyclical trend, it’s an avalanche of events that descends upon us suddenly and nullifies the natural order of things that we’ve relied on for decades.

Looking back on history, we might be tempted to ask: Hasn’t it always been this way? Many current events show that our world is increasingly subject to forces that no one could have expected. Droughts in the area around the Panama Canal paralyze global shipping. Surging energy prices pose an existential threat to energy-hungry industries. Interest rate spikes cripple otherwise prosperous sectors. Climate-related natural disasters create human misery. Fear and uncertainty rule the day.

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