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How Supply Chains Jumped From Business School and Into Our Lives

  • The world economy is reeling, but supplies are still moving
  • Disruptions ongoing from Europe to Australia as virus spreads
Employees working on an air conditioner production line at a Midea factory in Wuhan, China on March 25.

Employees working on an air conditioner production line at a Midea factory in Wuhan, China on March 25.

Source: AFP via Getty Images

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The past century of global economic integration through trade has been a steady march of progress, from trucks to pallets, from container ships to computers, from Asia’s manufacturing rise to artificial intelligence -- all spinning a web of commerce so intricate that it spawned a new science.