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It’s quicker to build inventories than factories

The supply-chain woes choking world trade are well known. But what are companies doing about it? We surveyed leaders in May 2020 and again in 2021. While companies originally planned a host of actions, the leading response by far has been to build inventories.

Companies originally planned to increase nearshoring of suppliers to boost supply-chain resilience—but wound up increasing inventory.
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To read the article, see “How COVID-19 is reshaping supply chains,” November 23, 2021.