Supply chain clustering, or the concentration of manufacturers in a location, makes the global supply chain prone to disruption in the face of disasters and natural calamities, writes Crimson and Co Director Dave Alberts. Aside from being vulnerable to disruptions, he adds that supply chain clusters bring business costs up while no longer providing significant competitive advantage. Supply chain clusters are bound to be "industrial wastelands" in the future unless they become a platform for innovation or drive growth, Alberts writes.

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