Recently, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, delivered a video speech to the world about COVID-19 in what can be characterized as a Call to Action for the world at large. He identified three main actions that we need to take in order to combat COVID19:
- Attack the health emergency: calling for a coordinated global response;
- Focus on the social impact: recognizing that this is fundamentally a human crisis and not only an institutional crisis, and calling for the restoration of global supply chains to mitigate the impact of COVID19 on people;
- Be responsible for the recovery: learning the lessons that COVID19 is teaching us about our world and implement effective processes to support and sustain our global society.
As industry executives and business leaders, we need to think strategically and globally, recognizing the integral connectedness of our supply chain driven economies and societies. The issues are bigger than competitive advantage or economic success. There are no winners or losers because success has been redefined by COVID19 in terms of mitigation of impact and resilience/recovery in the face of crisis.
Face the brutal facts: global economies sustained by well-run global supply chains can and do aid and abet the spread of crises, pandemics included. Let’s drop the narrow thinking of cause and effect that leads to accusations of blame and scapegoating. We created the global economy, so now we need to learn to live with the good, the bad, the ugly. Pandemics are not caused by global supply chains but global supply chains are highways along which they travel.
We can’t eliminate risk. That is principle number one. We need a two-fold strategic approach: handling risk as it happens (emergency response and mitigation) and recovering quickly (resilience strategy).
The world currently faces a pandemic of mammoth proportions. There is a lot of panic and fear. There are also many misconceptions. More than ever, the world needs leaders with a strategic point of view.
Recognizing that this pandemic is fundamentally a human crisis and not only an institutional one, we need to focus on the most critical issues people face on deeply personal and everyday levels: food and consumer goods. Pre-COVID-19, economies were driven by competitive forces but controlled by rules of the game. Standard practices and the same old rules will not save us, our economies or our companies. We must change the “rules of the game” at all levels of human enterprise: personal, social, environmental, business, corporate, government, national, and international.
But first, we must understand what the rules of the game are, so that we can change them. Where do we start? Who should act? What should be done?
THE PROGRAM: The Logistics Institute, in partnership with InCube Supply Chain Solutions and Shantalla Research and Consulting, is pleased to take the first step by sponsoring webcasts on COVID-19: The Supply Chain Fallout and Recovery.
Ten (10) webcasts will be delivered, each ranging from 40 to 60 minutes, covering the following topics:
THE FACE OF PANDEMIC: COVID-19
- Trust Through Effective Signalling
- Changing The Rules of the Game: Supply of Food
- Reality Check: Preparedness and Managing a Crisis
MANAGING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
- Primer on Traceability
- Primer on Product Recall
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES: GLOBAL FOOD CHAINS
- What is Supply Chain Transparency & Trust?
- Is Blockchain the Solution?
- What is the role of GS1 Standards?
- How Can We Design And Build Resilient Supply Chain Solutions?
- Can Consumers Trust Product Claims?
- What is Supply Chain Transparency & Trust?
These webcasts are offered free of charge, but access is by invitation only.
If you are interested in attending any or all webcasts, please register below.
Webcast links to individual topics will be made available to all registered attendees as soon as they are available for streaming.
John G. Keogh is a strategist, advisor and researcher in management science with 30 years of progressive leadership experience as a director, vice president and senior vice president in global supply chain management, information technology, technology consulting and supply chain standards. He is managing principal at Toronto-based, niche advisory and research firm Shantalla Inc. and a frequent keynote speaker and media analyst on Radio and TV.
Carl ’’C.J.” Unis is a Systems Engineer with over 15 years expertise in Continuity of Operations, Continuity of Business, Continuity of Government, devolution planning, infrastructure analysis, supply chain logistics and emergency management. C.J. was formerly the critical infrastructure protection program manager for the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The Logistics Institute is joined by InCube Mobility Solutions in sponsoring these webcasts.
InCube is a hardware and software solutions provider. InCube offers unique best in class software, countless top of the line mobile hardware and the most trustworthy expertise in the technological supply chain and logistics industry.
InCube aims to enable clients to recognize the optimum opportunities for using advanced mobile technologies in streamlining their business processes, as well as providing comprehensive training for the utilization and adoption of its business solutions.