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Inventory Levels Seen Ballooning as Companies Turn Cautious

  • Firms will shift from just-in-time to just-in-case: EmergeVest
  • Inland logistics are another pain point in China and the US

Companies from retailers to manufacturers will hold greater levels of inventory this summer as global supply chain snarls force a shift from a just-in-time mentality to a just-in-case one, according to EmergeVest, a Hong Kong-headquartered global investment firm that specializes in logistics.

“If you’re a retail business, what is more expensive -- to carry some additional inventory or miss out on the sale completely?,” EmergeVest Chief Executive Officer Heath Zarin said in an Bloomberg Television interview Monday.