Supply Chain Leaders’ Strategies: How to Survive and Thrive in a COVID-19 World


Supply chain disruptions took on a whole new dimension in 2020 with the emergence and worldwide spread of COVID-19. The simultaneous challenges of overseas supplier shutdowns, domestic shelter-in-place mandates, and an unprecedented uptick in demand for the basics initially left the world’s supply chains reeling. Here, nine supply chain leaders offer advice, experiences and observations about weathering the pandemic, the “next normal” and coming out ahead.

Dan Beard
Senior Director of Distribution, NexTerra Wine Company

David J. Closs, PhD, MBA
John McConnell Chair in Business Administration Emeritus
Department of Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

Annette Danek-Akey
Executive Vice President of Supply Chain, Penguin Random House

Simon Ellis
Program Vice President for Supply Chain, International Data Corporation (IDC)

William G. Ferrell, PhD, PE
Fluor Professor of Industrial Engineering
Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Clemson University

Bryan Jensen
Chairman & Executive Vice President at MHI member St. Onge Company

David Schwebel
SVP, Global Head of Intralogistics at MHI member Grenzebach Corporation

Melonee Wise
CEO of MHI member Fetch Robotics

Colin Yankee
Chief Supply Chain Officer, Tractor Supply Company

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