COVID-19: The 'Extended Hurricane' Impact on the U.S. Retail Supply Chain

We have all seen the run on certain products in stores whenever there is a forecast for a major hurricane or other weather event. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented retail supply chains with a similar problem -  and then some. First, this is not an event that lasts a few days. None of us know how long this is going to last, causing an extended effect of the stock-out situation we face with weather events. Second, with hurricanes, the run on products is usually limited to specific categories such as water, eggs, milk, generators etc. This pandemic has caused a more widespread disruption in product availability across a much broader set of products.

Could the U.S. supply chain and retailers have done better? What will the future look like for these businesses in the post-pandemic era? And, are companies and their supply chain partners that have never manufactured ventilators and N-95 medical masks prepared to produce these products in large numbers, and at the right quality?

Hosted by: Dr. Kaushik Sengupta, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of Graduate Education at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business

 Dr. Kaushik Sengupta

Free and open to the public 

Date: April 8, 2020

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual Event

Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link. Registrants will be sent an event link to attend prior to the event. 



Wednesday, April 08, 2020



Hofstra University Virtual Event
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Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


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