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A carousel of uncertainty. We have entered a spin cycle.

By Steve Geary | 10/20/2019 | 10:28 AM

Once upon a time trade was bilateral. Then it became multilateral. Today logistics networks encircle the globe. That’s the development vector logisticians rode for the last thirty years.

We cannot rely on that accelerating and unidirectional vector anymore. Brexit uncertainty. NAFTA uncertainty. The death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The ongoing and escalating tensions with China. The gradual emergence of the New Silk Road, with its potential to undermine the basic structure and flow of global logistics.

These issues ripple through North American logistics. Even more unsettling is the disruption of the vector we’ve been riding for the last year. Volleys back and forth with the EU on protectionist aircraft tariffs and subsidies continue. Tensions with China now extend past soybeans all the way to the NBA.

It’s a new world for the logistician. Our perspective on the world seems to be shifting by the day. We are no longer on the march. We are riding the Carousel of Uncertainty. 

Time to double down on agility, not structure.

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About Steve Geary

Steve Geary

Steve Geary is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee's College of Business Administration, and is on the faculty at The Gordon Institute at Tufts University, where he teaches supply chain management. He is the President of the Supply Chain Visions family of companies, and Chief Operating Officer at ROSE Solutions, consultancies that work across the government sector. Steve is a contributing editor at DC Velocity, and editor-at-large for CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. In November of 2007, Steve was recognized for "Selfless Service to Our Nation and the People of Iraq" by the Deputy Secretary of Defense.


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