(CBS Baltimore) – NS supply chain is made up of many steps to get the product into the hands of the customer. But now the chain seems to be broken, or at least bent in some places. Stores are partially empty, deliveries are delayed and prices are inflated. Bottlenecks at many steps along the way are keeping products out of the hands of consumers. It is anyone’s guess when the supply chain will return to normal. And the economy is paying the price.
The supply chain for any given company can start with suppliers of raw materials and other inputs. Once a product is created, it travels along the network from the factory to the warehouse to the store and finally to the end customer. Various agents, brokers, suppliers, transport companies and distribution centers can play important roles in ensuring product is manufactured and reaches its final destination.
Due to multiple problems, exacerbated by the global COVID pandemic, the supply chain is not functioning as it should. Cargo ship carrying approximately half a million Container shipping Loaded with cargo from different countries in Asia waiting to be unloaded at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. When they are offloaded, lack of truck driver prevent those containers from moving out of the port in a timely manner. Railway station, where delivery trucks for the next leg of the journey are re-stocked with containers awaiting further transport, thus blocking incoming trains as well. If those goods are somehow delivered to the warehouse, the shortage of workers is limiting their timely handling.
And those are just some of the problems.
Global microchip shortage, exacerbated by Texas winter storm has affected domestic production, is slowing down the production of cars and various electronic devices. China, which produces many consumer goods destined for the US, is going through a The energy crisis is happening That is production cuts. And manufacturers in many other countries with lower vaccination rates have suffered from shutdowns and worker shortages due to the spread of the Delta variant.
All of this has happened just as the shift in spending, brought about by COVID, has dramatically increased demand for a wide range of products. The situation is complicated and will likely remain so throughout the holiday season and into the new year.
CBS Local features the latest supply chain news from its markets around the country. We’re updating this list regularly, so check back often for the latest news on the situation.
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