What will change forever for the American workplace and the transportation industry as a result of Covid-19? (Answered by Josh Putterman)

Josh Putterman

After a while thinking about this one, I don’t believe there will be much in the way of “wholesale” or “forever” change.  I do think quite a few things will begin to shift, however.

I think the amount of safety stock and associated inventory that companies keep on hand will increase and the amount that remains JIT will decrease.

I think there will be more on-shoring, at least back into North America, given Americans' discovery of how many medically crucial items are made overseas (anti-biotics, surgical masks to name a couple). That will likely mean fewer boxes landing in West Coast ports.

Beyond that, I think “normal” will return and the transportation industry will not end up terribly disrupted by these unfortunate few months.