Arwen Thebard wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:35 am
I've been thinking a lot recently about the complexity and vulnerability of our various supply chains and just how reliant we are on luck
these days to keep our society rolling along each hour, let alone for a whole day, a week or a month!
Why have we allowed ourselves to end up in such a precarious position? I doubt that many people realise just how weak the whole house of cards is, very scary.
At the lesser end of the scale,as an example: Today we are expecting a beef delivery,staff days off cancelled to prep it,ready for Chrimbo.It HAS to be done today,so that tomorrow's delivery of bacon can be dealt with...and so on.However,I just got a text from the boss to say that the delivery will not arrive until this afternoon.That means working late!
Like businesses small and large,we do not have storage capacity,nor do we want capital tied up in stock.Our stock is perishable and loses money on the hook through moisture loss.This is the modern business model.
At the domestic level,non preppers sneer at us for stockpiling,for whatever reason.Even preppers struggle with storage space,like businesses.Also,when I look at my own storage,I realise that I have a LOT of cash tied up in it,and some of it is costing me,such as running three freezers. As much as I would like to go from 4+ months to a year's worth,I cannot,as I have no more space,and spoilage will cost hard earned cash.
So that is where business is at.Margins are tight,and they operate this way to stay viable,and keep folks employed.
In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on.