Halloween Supply Chain Ghost Stories

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There’s just something about Halloween. Maybe it’s all the candy (I’m a self-diagnosed chocolate addict), the kids dressed in adorable costumes, or the carved pumpkins glowing on nearly every neighbor’s doorstep, but I can’t help but love it. Sure, there’s often fake blood, guts and gore, and people trying to scare the pants off you lurking creepily around every corner, but that’s just part of the charm – at least now that I’m old enough not to get frightened by all those spooky ghost stories. Halloween is big business for candy companies, costume suppliers, and pumpkin farmers alike. According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, 64% of Americans plan to take part in Halloween activities this year, with each spending an average of $74.34 on things like candy, costumes, and decorations. It’s a nearly $7 billion industry. And it’s impact on the total supply chain is not to be underestimated. The intricate planning to make sure you have just enough of the right stock, complicated logistics of getting all those goods from point A to point B, and added demands of making sure you have the workforce to produce, sell and ship these seasonal items is enough to send anyone involved in the Halloween supply chain running in terror. While October 31 may be the stuff of nightmares for those supply chain managers, they aren’t the only ones with terrifying supply chain tales. My colleague John Westerveld has previously written about supply chain zombies, and fears about supply chain ghosts. And just to make sure you’re sufficiently in the Halloween spirit, I’ve resurrected a few all too real supply chain ghost stories sure to send shivers down your spine.

What real-life supply chain horrors have you witnessed? Tell us your scariest stories in the comments section below!

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