Supply Chain by Jim Tompkins

January 2023

It’s 2023, not 1177 B.C.

So why would I headline a supply chain column with a reference to the year Bronze Age civilizations collapsed? Because historians say, just like in our current era, supply chain chaos defined the disintegration of Bronze Age civilizations like the Mycenaeans, Minoans and Hittites. Other major empires like the Egyptians and Assyrians survived but were weakened as the 2,000-year-old Bronze Age crumbled.

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