The closure of Meiwah, a local favorite in the Maryland suburb of Chevy Chase, set off a supply-chain reaction that stretched far beyond the neighborhood. Multiplied by thousands, it helps show how a pandemic has triggered the worst recession for almost a century.
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.
It's About 500 miles from New York City to Toronto, but it can take as long as two weeks to complete deliveries. In fact, for many U.S. businesses, deliveries to and across Canada take significantly longer than those in the states.