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Coronavirus COVID-19 Related Supply Chain Bottlenecks

RE: COVID-19 Related Supply Chain Bottlenecks

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PROBLEM: Today for the first time ever, I had to go to 6 stores before I finally obtained a small amount of toilet paper, here in Michigan.

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BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: I called my neighbor who is a manager at Walmart, asked why the store shelves are empty at his store and he stated:

=>They are selling at a rate ~comparable to Black Friday, and

=>there are plenty of supplies at regional warehouses, and

=>there are 200 Trucks waiting to be loaded,

=>but NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE TO LOAD THE TRUCKS (bottleneck).

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VALIDATION: Emergency managers need to send their logistics personnel to major stores to determine if inability to load trucks fast enough is a major component of store shortages, because this is a simple issue to fix.

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SOLUTION: [If] one of the main bottlenecks is truck loading, then an expansion cadre may be necessary to support the supply chain. I propose using volunteers to help load supply trucks.

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PERSONNEL SOURCE: I've created numerous proposals and topics regarding how CERT, American Red Cross (ARC) and other NGO's can be utilized to provide support in a variety of non-obvious situations. Consider this Topic:

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Utilization of Volunteers for Operations, Supply Chain, and COMs:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Utilization-of-Volunteers-for-Operations-Supply-Chain-and-COMs/140460-29117

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IMPRESSION:

This is not Venezuela, we are organized and have capabilities and alternative resiliency options! Most major businesses have Continuity of Business emergency operations plans to handle shortages. Government officials need to determine the sources of shortages, and find a way to support or alleviate them. Under the circumstances I've given here, volunteers could be used to alleviate a truck loading bottleneck.

NOTE-1: I recognize that there are many other sources of bottlenecks, but focused this post only on the loading issue.

NOTE-2: [If] the expansion cadre approach works for this truck loading scenario, then perhaps a cadre could be applied to support other bottleneck scenarios.

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ALSO SEE:

Utilization of Volunteers for Public Health Service Scenarios:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Utilization-of-Volunteers-for-Public-Health-Service-Scenarios/140143-29117

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Utilization of Volunteers for Large Scale Responses:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Utilization-of-Volunteers-for-Large-Scale-Responses/140568-29117

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Utilization of Volunteers in Public Works:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Utilization-of-Volunteers-in-Public-Works/140029-29117

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Utilize Volunteers as Auxiliary Security and Force Multipliers:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Utilize-Volunteers-as-Auxiliary-Security-and-Force-Multipliers/142109-29117

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Volunteer Recruitment and Retention:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Volunteer-Recruitment-and-Retention/140437-29117

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The USCSRH Business Continuity and Preparedness Resource List:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/The-USCSRH-Business-Continuity-and-Preparedness-Resource-List/109280-29117

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A STATISTICAL GLIMPSE OF SMALL BUSINESS PREPAREDNESS CHALLENGES:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/A-STATISTICAL-GLIMPSE-OF-SMALL-BUSINESS-PREPAREDNESS-CHALLENGES/122547-29117

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OVERVIEW OF WHOLE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS ROLES:

https://uscsrh.ideascale.com/a/dtd/OVERVIEW-OF-WHOLE-COMMUNITY-PREPAREDNESS-ROLES/103180-29117

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