• Standing together against economic coercion

    Naoise McDonagh     |      June 11, 2023

    Trusted supply-chains offer countries like Australia trade resilience and protection against economic coercion and Australia can trust its allies and partners when it comes to combating Chinese trade sanctions and economic coercion.

  • Magnesium chains can’t take the strain

    John Coyne     |      October 7, 2022

    Globalisation in one form or another is no doubt here to stay, but the age of predictable, reliable supply chains is over.

  • Man is born free, but he lives in global supply chains

    ANU Editorial Board     |      August 6, 2022

    It’s hard to imagine a more thorough stress test for globalisation than the double whammy of a once-in-a-century global pandemic followed by a land war between two of the world’s major commodity producers.

  • Redesigning supply chains for greater resilience

    Gillian Savage     |      April 24, 2022

    For too long, our approach to supply chains has prioritised low cost over other factors, but cheaper is not better if it comes with unacceptable risk.

  • Supply-chain lessons from the COVID years

    John Coyne     |      March 15, 2022

    The government needs to promote discussions with the private sector about supply-chain resilience, nation-building and sovereignty to ensure the lessons learned over the last two years lead to action in the future.

  • Five factors driving current stock shortages

    Jack Cadeaux     |      February 2, 2022

    The constant stock shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic are due to a wider range of factors than just panic buying by consumers or labour shortages in supply chains.

  • Supply chains strained in 2022

    Sarah Schiffling     |      January 10, 2022

    Supermarket shelves around Australia are running bare again as staff shortages caused by omicron bite, but around the world, more fundamental supply chain problems are set to persist well into the new year.

  • All I want for Christmas is supply chain resilience

    Christopher Findlay     |      December 17, 2021

    The higher costs and lower reliability of international freight transport have been a problem since the start of COVID-19, and increased demand over Christmas could further strain supply chains.

  • AdBlue shortage highlights ongoing supply-chain problems

    Gillian Savage     |      December 15, 2021

    Supply-chain challenges continue to plague Australia despite the significant focus the problem has received in recent years due to the pandemic and issues with China.

  • Maintaining ethical supply chains

    Medo Pournader     |      June 19, 2021

    Human rights groups and researchers are warning that a combination of increased unemployment and new demand for labour in expanding areas like personal protective equipment (PPE) and agriculture means there is a real risk of increased worker exploitation and even slavery.

  • COVID-19 won’t rattle East Asian supply chains

    Fukunari Kimura     |      May 1, 2021

    Many observers argued the pandemic would mark the end of global supply chains, with a massive ‘reshoring’ of production to developed countries, but this seems unlikely to happen.

  • No easy fix for Australia’s supply-chain dependence on China

    David Uren     |      March 3, 2021

    Despite China’s trade war against Australia, our dependence on Chinese supplies is so broad that finding alternative suppliers remains a major challenge.