The system is poised for change. Now is the time for all of us to show companies that it is in their interests to lead. No brand is too big not to listen to its customers, and if enough of us urge the "Big 10" to do what is right, they will have no choice but to listen.
The world's supply chain forms the backbone of our global economy, security and health, and the risks it faces are many. What to do? We cannot plan for precisely how or when, but we can plan for the fact that disruptions will strike.
Japan was like a rich man with a lot of savings, but it has spent too much over the last 20 years. The United States is still a reserve currency country, but its deficits pose a threat as the national debt becomes a serious issue for its economy.
For community case management to be truly effective, countries and partners must invest in supply chains so that they can forecast, finance, procure, and deliver life-saving medicines to community health workers.
The global crisis has pushed trade reforms off -- or at least to the edge of -- the political radar screen. But shying away from improving the trade system in these tough economic times seems a little like cutting off your nose to spite your face.