Wall Street Journal writer Christopher Mims offers a timely look at how the vast and complex supply chain functions. Mims traces the journey of a hypothetical USB charger from a Vietnamese factory to an American customer’s doorstep, describing transportation infrastructure, workers, automation and management philosophies that make fast delivery possible. He also explains how the COVID-19 pandemic boosted Amazon’s dominance of e-commerce and its influence on shaping the supply chain of the future.
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Christopher Mims writes the “Keywords” technology column for The Wall Street Journal. He has written for Quartz, MIT Technology Review, Smithsonian, Wired, The Atlantic and Scientific American.
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