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Learning the logistics lessons of COVID-19


From the Strategic Command Blog:

Recently, on 18 November 2020, experts from across defence, wider government, and industry took part in the Support COVID-19 seminar hosted by the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport. With over 30 years’ experience as a military logistician, Major General Hutchings, Director Joint Support in Strategic Command’s Defence Support organisation, reflects on the lessons learned, and how and why Defence must continue to provide world-leading Support in response to COVID-19.


Data, Data, Data – build supply chains that can yield data quickly and professionally if you don’t have it.

Relationships – build them habitually with the right people before a crisis, not during – you never know when you’re going to need them.

Balance efficiency and resilience – a cheaper supply chain can be too brittle and inflexible. This is not all resource; a lot of it is asking for and understanding the information about tier 2,3,4 suppliers and their operational vulnerabilities.

Skills matter – if you need someone who understands inventory management and supply chains, bring someone in or train someone up, gaps are glaring in a crisis.

Supply Chain vulnerability – we must protect against cyber-attacks, physical disruption, poor and inaccessible data - some of the Black Swans of the 4th industrial revolution.

Scenario plan – do plenty and remain conscious that industry must be inside the scenario thinking, we’re partners that must collaborate more than we do.