With COVID-19 vaccine injections hitting stride, many people are beginning to see the light at the end of a very long, very dark tunnel. We begin to fantasize about how soon normalcy can return and how normal that normal will look. Do we dare imagine something resembling the world before March 2020? The reality is that an event of this magnitude doesn’t arrive unannounced, kick up its feet, make itself at home, and then after the better part of two years, suddenly stand up, tip its hat, bid us farewell, and disappear as if it hadn’t just trashed our whole house and jacked up every one of our routines. This unwelcome guest didn’t just leave some superficial nicks in the wall that we can patch over with a little spackle. Now we have a nervous tick, we startle at loud noises, and we always double-check to make sure the deadbolt is fastened. In other words, COVID-19 brought with it long-term societal effects, new expectations, and permanent changes, the reverberations of which those in supply chain management will be continuing to adapt to throughout the rest of 2021.
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