Manufacturers look close to home as global supply chains are upended

It took a single COVID-19 case among the dockworkers for China to partly shut the world’s third-busiest container port for two weeks this month. Spooked by the chronic stoppages and breakdowns, and already concerned by rapidly rising prices and delayed delivery times. The whole supply chain is in a real state of flux right now. The troubles threaten the widespread prevalence of “just-in-time” approaches to inventory.

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