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Broken Links: Scenes from a small-business crisis

Supply chains deliver everything from food and household goods to the raw materials for factories, but until COVID-19 few of us realized how fragile they are.

In this six-part series, The Logic examines the weaknesses in Canada’s supply chains, the solutions some companies are trying to apply, and how a shift from “just in time” to “just in case” thinking brings challenges of its own.

Readers are already familiar with the macroeconomic issues at play amid the ongoing supply-chain crisis: GDP numbers have slumped, trade flows have been transformed and manufacturing giants like automakers have had to pare back production amid a shortage of parts.

But beyond the headlines, countless small businesses—from whisky distillers to paint stores—are dealing with the crisis on a daily basis. The Logic talked to five small-business owners about the logistical (and personal) toll of the supply-chain crisis. 

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