Uncertainty in blood supply chains creating challenges for industry

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By Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Donors give blood in Rutland, Vermont, Dec. 20, 2011. AP Photo/Toby Talbot When we talk about supply chains, we may conjure up images of manufacturing plants, warehouses, trucks and shipping docks. There is another, truly unique supply chain for a product…