The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Outlook and Actions for 2021 and Beyond


Yes, the Covid-19 pandemic is having colossal impact on our economy and our lives. But looking beyond the pandemic, the planet, society and supply chains are facing challenges as big or not bigger in this new decade. These are dilemmas that will—and are—confronting the heart of our values and responsibilities as supply chain professionals and the organizations we support.
This article examines what are the forces that have created these dilemmas and what can we do about them going forward.


A Season of Light, A Season of Darkness—Introduction

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…”

This often-quoted passage of Charles Dickens sums up, for many, the year 2020, and the decade we are just leaving. We are—and will—still be living with the pandemic and other major forces for some time as we struggle to recover.

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