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Reinventing the Supply Chain

A 21st-Century Covenant with America

Lays out an original vision for using technology to transform supply chains into value chains and revitalize American communities

Few consumers understand the intricacies of the global supply chain system; it is usually so efficient and reliable that nobody really needs to understand it. Consumers show up to the supermarket and the shelves are stocked with food and other essentials, or they do their one-click shopping errands online and the goods arrive on their doorsteps the next day; that is, until they don't. When the COVID-19 pandemic let to a global economic "shutdown" in March 2020, our supply chains began to fail, and out-of-stocks and delivery delays became the new norm. Contrary to public perception, the pandemic strain did not break the current system of supply chains; it merely exposed weaknesses and fault lines that were decades in the making, having made their presence acutely felt in deindustrialized cities and depopulated rural towns throughout the United States.

Reinventing the Supply Chain explores the historical role of supply chains in the global economy; outlines where the system went wrong and what needs to be done to fix it; and demonstrates how a retooled supply chain can lead to the revitalization of American communities. Jack Buffington, a supply chain professional, consultant, and professor, proposes the transformation of the global supply chain system into a community-based value chain, led by the communities themselves and driven by digital platforms for raising capital and blockchain technology.

Buffington's vision for a sustainable value chain of the future is already part of a larger, nationwide conversation. Senior executives have come to view their supply chains as a strategic capability rather than a cost center, and they are investing in them more heavily than in the past. Supply chain managers now provide input to most strategic decisions at retailers and consumer goods manufacturers. Whether or not Buffington's vision can be achieved by a certain date is less important than that we understand what we need to do, and Buffington is our guide.

Jack Buffington is director of supply chain and sustainability practices at First Key Consulting and an assistant professor of the practice in supply chain management in the marketing department at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. He has held numerous leadership positions in supply chain, operations, and information technology at Molson Coors. Jack was a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and Lulea University of Technology in Lulea, Sweden.

About the Author

Jack Buffington is the Program Director/Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Denver, and Director of Supply Chain and Sustainability practices at First Key Consulting, the world's leading beer industry consulting firm. He has held numerous leadership positions in supply chain, operations, and information technology at Molson Coors, one of the largest beer manufacturers in the world. Jack was a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and Lulea University of Technology in Lulea, Sweden. He is the author of several previous books, including The Recycling Myth and Peak Plastic.

Reviews

"Buffington's proposed solutions to the problems faced by the deindustrialization of rural and inner-city America are creative and original. Budding manufacturing and information technologies, harnessed through infrastructure and educational improvements may well lead, in time, to the rise of the community-based initiatives he anticipates." — Alan J. Stenger, PhD, professor emeritus of supply chain management, Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University

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