Doomers and preppers where saying JustInTime supply chains where a really bad idea for years. But the smart experts all said having warehouses full of things you need was dumb. Computers and shit can overcome it all!This can't be blamed on mandates, this problem is 6 months in the making. Is it China tighening the noose?
>So the retail stores go JIT. No more back stock rooms. Someone buys 1 coffee machine the computer system orders 1 coffee maker to replace it on the shelf.
>It works great in the store lets push JIT to the local warehouse! Things are streamlined to come in and go out the same day. No pallets of coffee makers sitting around.
>Great lets push JIT to regional distribution center! . We have zero waste! Nothing ever sits around and goes unsold when a new model comes out!
>Then JIT moves in to manufacturing. Why stock 1000's of coffee timer microchips when we can just order them on demand as orders come in?
etc etc deeper and deeper in to the supply chain.
The smart men built these massive JIT chains and we are seeing what happens when a link or 2 breaks.