This is one hard nut to crack - when there is a shortage in supply, what remedy can you resort to? Especially if you are a supplier of raw materials that are used in factories or plants, delivery on time cannot be denied. But what if your own supplier failed to deliver so you have nothing to deliver to you client? One remedy that we used to do was to purchase from the competition. In retailing computer supplies, it was quite easy to source out from competitors because they would readily sell you... but at a premium so you have to buy on a loss. Do you have any other remedy in mind?