The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in shortages of key products such as medical equipment, paper products, cleaning products, and some food products. Using data from the COVID-19 pandemic, compare pre-pandemic goods movement data, and identify where actions can be taken before or during a future pandemic to reduce disruptions. COVID-19 has illustrated in many cases the sub-industry level is important. For instance, with food, there was one supply chain for restaurants and another for groceries which are completely different. Disruption of the global supply chains for critical medical supplies has highlighted the need for more domestic sourcing of protective gear and other critical supplies. Understanding the dependence on supplies that are sourced internationally has become important. This study would collect data to provide an understanding of the supply chain interruptions, adaptations, successes, and failures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This research will identify potential supply chain issues and solutions for critical items that could become short in supply and identify actions needed to prevent or lessen disruptions to the U.S. supply chain for vital goods experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consideration should be given to actions that may be needed during a future pandemic to best prepare for any disruption.