Great article from Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport, on what the U.S. can do to help alleviate the shortage of PPE. Given what Flexport does, he has a unique inside view into the world's supply chain and identifies specific and tactical things that can be done to help fix the shortage issue. One big one is the need for working capital throughout the supply chain. https://fortune.com/2020/04/07/coronavirus-ppe-supply-chain-loan/

Q&A, Pulse Q&A, IT, Spend Intentions Articles and efforts like this in general make me wonder what would work better, mandated contributions by the government (i.e. government forcing companies to stop producing what they were previously and produce PPE instead) or companies deciding on their own to support? Obviously if a company is personally motivated to contribute, it'll probably garner stronger support from them, but is it enough? Is it fast enough and producing the materials needed at the rate that they need to be? There have been a lot of incredible efforts from companies, especially those in the public eye, to alleviate the burden of this pandemic, but I wonder if it's enough and how to invigorate companies to do more. After all, the faster we get to a better outcome, the faster businesses can function closer to the norm again.

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Articles and efforts like this in general make me wonder what would work better, mandated contributions by the government (i.e. government forcing companies to stop producing what they were previously and produce PPE instead) or companies deciding on their own to support? Obviously if a company is personally motivated to contribute, it'll probably garner stronger support from them, but is it enough? Is it fast enough and producing the materials needed at the rate that they need to be? There have been a lot of incredible efforts from companies, especially those in the public eye, to alleviate the burden of this pandemic, but I wonder if it's enough and how to invigorate companies to do more. After all, the faster we get to a better outcome, the faster businesses can function closer to the norm again.