The first wave of lockdown caused a widespread panic and frenzy which triggered a perfect storm that would expose vulnerabilities in the global supply chain.
Very few companies had the inventory buffers to absorb the significant discrepancy between supply and demand. We also witnessed a backlog in customs processing at borders, which caused significant delays for many products crossing international lines. A labour strike at the port of Montreal certainly did not help to alleviate the pressures on Canadian manufacturers.
Frantic shoppers hoarded the most basic of necessities–panic buying at grocery stores caused a sudden shift in consumer behavior. Supply chains were strained causing a demand glut and shock that would be felt for months. To add further complications to the problem, temporary closures at food processing and packaging plants became a regular occurrence due to workers testing positive for the virus.