Consumers got a glimpse of how food supply chains work – or don’t – at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Walmart is giving them a chilling new perspective.
The sight of empty shelves in grocery stores is certainly a strong indicator at the retail level that something is amiss upstream. Reasons at the start of the pandemic varied from product to product and region to region.
Supply chain management is complicated, obscure and, quite frankly, a tad boring for most. Empty shelves had many interested but only for a while.
Now that things are sort of back to normal, concerns about food procurement are a thing of the past, even as we see a spike in COVID-19 cases.
During the panic-buying phase in the early spring, few experts in the food industry would have predicted the unprecedented levels of vertical co-ordination and incredible support food companies offered to one another. Everyone worked for one shared purpose.