Top issues in Canadian transportation 2020 – 2021+|

1. New relationship models among supply chain partners to deal with disruptions (see also 6.4, 6.5, 7.1,  and A1.e)

a. basis of doing business (low- price vs. long-term relations vs. fungibility / recoverability)
b. optionality
c. resilience
d. component substitute-ability
e. backward compatitility

2. Creating a climate of trust within suppply chains

a. Increasing the number of competing supply chains, and reducing the amount of competition within each one

3. Shift of retail business models coming out of the pandemic (see also 6.4)

a. acceleration of trend to on-line ordering
b. redesign of stores
c. earlier visibility on customer buying intentions (due to pre-ordering)
d. effect on supply chain data and inventory

4. “Amazon delivery model” (see also 6.3)

a. Effects on supply chain architecture
b. Effects on density of road-use by trucks, and on urban congestion
c. Effects on fuel consumption and GHG emissions

5. Preparing businesses for black swans

a. Principles and methods that firms can program into their business models and corportate structures to withstand unpredicatable shocks (see also 6.1, 7.1e, and A1)

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