The Final Word by Jim Thompson
I spoke before the end of the year about mischief afoot in 2007 amongst countries and sovereignties of the world. Living in the United States, I recognize that it is popular today to see us as that mischief, so I hesitate to point out any particular entity as cause for concern. That does not keep me from thinking about choke points in shipping lanes and the possibility that the free flow of goods and services we enjoy today may not continue indefinitely. Hence I caution you, as an executive or manager in this industry, that it has long been a global industry (hopefully you awakened to that idea about 15 or so years ago) and it is your duty to fully understand the logistics of every input and output of your facility. Armed with this knowledge you can work out backup plans for supplies and deliveries, sustaining your business when the norm is not.