Title The truckers who keep our world moving Media name/outlet Financial Times Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 20/05/22 Description The history of humanity is the story of supply chains. Ever since 3,000BC, when Bronze Age cities of the Indus valley traded carnelian beads to Sumer, Omani vases and lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, the growth and development of our world has been carried on the backs, packed on the beasts, hauled on the carts, sailed on the ships and driven in the lorries of traders and travellers who made and make their living transporting goods.
Hitch a long-distance lift with a truck, as I did, and you see the world from a startling new angle. Countless freight lorries trundling through every day and night and country are the red blood cells of our planet’s circulation. Yet that circulation has rarely been so erratic. Plunges and surges in demand and oil prices, palpitations in the global pulse caused by Covid-19, war, sanctions, Brexit, extreme weather and container jams have imperilled the system. The disarray is written in gaps on supermarket shelves.
URL https://www.ft.com/content/b31d2354-9038-46c3-a367-20807b2791d9 Persons Horatio Clare
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