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The ANZUS Paradox: A catalyst for change

A message from our Global CEO & Founder David A. Collard


For the first edition of The Global Edit, I would like to reflect on one of the catalysts to creating Scale Facilitation™ - the ANZUS Paradox.

Over the course of a lifetime, the United States and Australia have achieved extraordinary accomplishments together, united by the ANZUS Treaty.

But in 2020, when the world was devastated by the emergence of the deadly COVID-19 virus, our supply chains failed us. When we needed each other most, we couldn’t help one another. This is the ANZUS Paradox.

As seasons oscillate between the northern and southern hemispheres, Australia and the U.S. have been playing a devastating game of cat and mouse – one country regaining control of cases during summer while the other battles through winter, struggling at the hands of the virus.

This has resulted in peaks and troughs of health and safety products being in oversupply in one country when the virus is at bay, and at the same time, on the other side of the world, the other country faces undersupply while the virus rages - a two-piece puzzle scrambled by 9 thousand miles (15,000 kilometers).

We are two countries that have supported each other for over 70 years, working together to support our shared interests. But somehow, this pandemic highlighted a loose wire in a once stable connection.