Each month, ALOM supply chain subject matter experts take a look at events, trends and technology shaping the industry and offer thought-provoking opinion and well-considered insight to help bring clarity and greater awareness of key issues.

Holiday Disruptions Serve as 2021 Supply Chain Metaphor

Hannah Kain - December 22, 2021

During my childhood, the Danish television channel in December would feature a daily show leading up to Christmas. The over-all theme was the same each …

It’s [Supply Chain] War out There. The Best Duct Tape and Talent Will Win.

Hannah Kain - October 8, 2021

“How long can I keep asking my staff to work 14 hour days?”, asked my friend who is running a major global supply chain organization. …

Whack-a-Mole Supply Chain is Here – How Big is Your Hammer?

Hannah Kain - August 26, 2021

My prepandemic advice for supply chain planning: Plan for 98% and “wing” the remaining 2%. There is no way you can plan for 100%. Those …

Watch Out! The Bullwhip May Hit You.

Hannah Kain - July 30, 2021

Demand swings are creating shortages. But shortages are also creating demand swings. When a product is in short supply or – worse – unavailable, we …

Is Your Supply Chain Vaccinated?

Hannah Kain - May 25, 2021

After 15 months of pandemic disruptions, demand fluctuations and supply problems, supply chain pros are like toddlers crying from the back seat: “Are we there …

Supply chain disruptions – no immediate relief in sight

Hannah Kain - April 6, 2021

When will the supply chain world return to “normal”? This is by far the number one question in my inbox these days as supply chain …