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Santa (baby) meets supply chain disruption

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Santa (baby) meets supply chain disruption

Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree for me

Been an awful good girl

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa: I’d love to – really – but unfortunately, most sable comes from Russia and, as you may have heard, there have been some, er, issues in that part of the world recently…

Santa baby, a ‘54 convertible too, light blue

I’ll wait up for you dear

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa: Not to be a killjoy but you might be waiting a while. There’s a global shortage of semiconductors. In Germany alone, there’s a backlog of a million cars yet to be produced. A nice bicycle instead, perhaps? 

Think of all the fun I’ve missed

Think of all the fellas that I haven’t kissed

Next year I could be just as good

If you check off my Christmas list

Santa: Probably just as well you didn’t kiss all those fellas. You sound like a super spreader waiting to happen.

Santa baby, I want a yacht and really that’s not a lot

Been an angel all year

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa: OK, a yacht I can do. Just be careful if you decide to go on a jaunt down the Suez Canal…

Santa honey, one little thing I really need

The deed to a platinum mine

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa: OK, Russia only controls around 10% of the world’s platinum so that could work…

Santa cutie, fill my stocking with a duplex and checks

Sign your “X” on the line

Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa: With one proviso: make sure you don’t spend the checks for that duplex on furniture made in Belarusian penal colonies.

Come and trim my Christmas tree

With some decorations bought at Tiffany’s

I really do believe in you

Let’s see if you believe in me

Santa: Oh, I do, I do believe in you, but I also believe in global supply chain disruption…

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing

A ring, I don’t mean on the phone

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry, tonight

Santa: OK, OK! Wow, you don’t ask for much, do you!? Luckily for you, ol’ Santa got a letter from a charming-sounding chap named Gregor – I’ve put him on my nice list. He thought that I might run into some problems with supply chain disruption so he told me all about his company, Scoutbee, and how they can help me find new suppliers really quickly all over the world. Nifty idea, right?

So, maybe the convertible thing will work out after all. Actually quite fancy one myself – the reindeer are getting on a bit… Let me see what I can do. In the meantime, happy Christmas and here’s ho ho hoping that – with the help of Scoutbee – 2023 will be better for all of us!