8 Ways to Shorten Your Supply Chain

Have you seen shelves at your grocery store similar to the photo below? Are you tired of hearing about supply chain issues? Our friend Morgan, at Rogue Preparedness, offers suggestions to help shorten your supply chain. ~ The Editors

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Have you ever looked at a product on a store shelf and said, “Ok, there are 20 items here, now times that by the 40,000+ grocery stores across the US.”

That thought right there should get you thinking about the mass production and shipping that happens on a constant basis.

Here’s a typical supply chain for a manufacturer:

  • Supplier (which is shipped by trucks, trains, planes, boats)
  • Storage
  • Manufacturing
  • Storage
  • Distribution (shipped by trucks, trains, planes, boats)
  • Retailer
  • Customer

That’s a lot of steps! Any number of those steps could be interrupted at any time, for any reason.

Our supply chain hasn’t been looking great lately. Whether the supply chain has been disrupted because of a natural disaster, increased product demand, lack of materials to make something, lack of truck drivers…

The list goes on. There are numerous reasons why the supply chain could be disrupted.

Let’s talk about 8 ways we can shorten our supply chain to be more independent:

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Start a garden

Have you started growing food yet? It’s one of the easiest ways to become less dependent on the grocery store. You can grow enough food to last until the following season (by preserving through canning, dehydrating, root cellar, etc.) in a small plot. I talked about a victory garden before. People grow in small urban yards or even indoors with grow lights. It’s possible.

The only thing is, you need to start NOW! Even experienced gardeners are constantly learning and being struck with pests, disease, bad weather, etc. Things happen and the sooner we learn how to garden, the sooner we can learn how to deal with these problems.

Find local farmers

There are local farmers everywhere and I bet you can strike a deal with them for local produce that maybe you can’t or don’t want to produce. You may even be interested in finding a local farm to get your hay from to supply for your animals. Or a local dairy farm for milk. There may also be a CSA near you. Look on craigslist, Facebook marketplace, head to farmers markets, ask the locals, and do a general search for local farms in your area.

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  • About Morgan Rogue

    Morgan lives in Texas with her husband, daughters and 2 dogs. She spends most of her time getting outdoors with her daughters, prepping for emergencies and disasters and teaching others how to be prepared. She also enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, firearms, hiking, camping, HAM, Jeeps and generally getting out and exploring life through epic adventures!