The coronavirus pandemic is bringing about radical changes in global supply chains. But whether companies can draw on the lessons of the present to handle the challenges of future such events is still in question.
COVID-19 is about to put the global trading system through its most dramatic stress-test since World War II, with supply lines for essential food and medical goods entering a critical phase as the pandemic peaks in the U.S. and Europe.
Carmakers might seem unlikely candidates to build ventilators for coronavirus victims. But in fact they may be quite well-suited to churn out the highly intricate medical devices that are in critically short supply.