The trend of the big getting bigger has accelerated dramatically during the pandemic era. While most Americans struggled to keep food on the table, billionaires and the rest of the investor class enjoyed remarkable returns. Mom and pop stores saddled with a completely disappeared offline clientele went under, leaving deep-pocketed multinational players their pick of suddenly available (and discounted) storefronts. And so it is with the supply chain woes that show little sign of abating. “The largest multinational retailers like Amazon and Walmart have responded to the convulsions in the supply chain by chartering their own container ships, amassing empires of warehouse space and stockpiling products. Such options are beyond the reach of small companies.” NYT (Gift Article): This Is What Happens When Globalization Breaks Down. Too small to succeed is the new too big to fail.