Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain interruptions have affected many businesses of all sizes, both internationally and right in Muscatine County. According to Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Director of Business Services and Advocacy Hannah Howard, “GMCCI has heard from so many businesses both big and small that supply chain issues have been one of the major challenges over the past few years.”

Recently, Howard and others from the Chamber attended Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service’s training on supply chain management and saw the value it would have for Muscatine County business owners. The chamber reached out to see if they could present in Muscatine, and to their delight found that the center already hoped to hold an event in eastern Iowa. April 7, beginning at 9 a.m. the center will present “Managing Your Supply Chain in Time of Chaos,” and invites all Muscatine County business owners to attend.

Throughout the day, several supply chain experts will discus different aspects of supply chain management. University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Professor Jen Blackhurst will give the keynote address, and all speakers will take time to answer audience member questions. A panel of Muscatine County business people will also share how supply chain issues have affected their businesses and what steps they have taken to remedy these problems. At the end of the event, attendees and speakers will have time to network with each other.

Marc Schneider from the center detailed, “companies attending this event will not only hear from supply chain experts and industry peers on different strategies to better manage their supply chain during these times of chaos, but also have an opportunity to work with these supply chain experts after the event to implement some of these strategies.”

“Managing Your Supply Chain During Times of Chaos will take place Thursday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Merrill Hotel at 119 West Mississippi Drive. Registration will cost $35 per person, and all attendees must register by the end of the day Friday, April 1 using the Chamber’s website or Facebook Page.

A chance for businesses of all sizes to learn how to manage their supply chain issues and potentially prevent them in the future, Howard urges anyone interested to sign up for this training. “Since 2020, supply chain interruption has been one of the largest problems for businesses, outside of workforce,” she noted. “GMCCI is providing this workshop as a way to help our members as well as other businesses in Southeast Iowa begin to overcome their supply chain issues.”

Schneider echoed Howard’s thoughts: “The series of recent disruptions to our supply chains have left many companies wondering how they can get a handle on the situation. While there is no magic wand that can instantly fix the situation, this event will provide attendees with a variety of tools and strategies they can use to better manage their current supply chains and build more resilient future supply chains.”

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