© 2022 KRCU Public Radio
90.9 Cape Girardeau | 88.9-HD Ste. Genevieve 88.7 Poplar Bluff
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Every Monday at 6:42 a.m. and 8:42 a.m., Rob Gilligan provides information on what's happening in the area of regional development in Southeast Missouri. Rob is the President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.

Let's Talk Business: Supply Chain Issues and Holiday Shopping

31112324724_539e1c1518_c.jpg
flickr user joey zanotti (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
/
Shipping Cranes - Port Of Los Angeles

Should you really start your holiday shopping now?

We are aware of the worker shortage facing our country. And now, supply chain issues are also prominent. During the pandemic, consumers shifted much of their spending habits away from services to more tangible products. As a result of issues related to COVID and this shift in spending, there are hundreds of thousands of containers stuck on ships at the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports.

In a continuing effort to bring goods to market, the Los Angeles port will join the Long Beach port and start operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The extra shifts have been agreed to by both the International Longshore and the Warehouse Unions, which represent the dock workers. These expanded operations were announced by the Biden administration.

However, it is important to point out, this only addresses part of the issue. The severe shortage of truck drivers and warehouse workers also affects the supply chain. These sectors are going to have to step up as well to alleviate the problem. And several companies have announced they will do so. Walmart, FedEx and UPS have all committed to bolstering operations.

In the Cape/Jackson metro, we have seen firsthand the shortage of certain goods. Many have commented on reduced inventories in local stores and experienced problems trying to obtain certain goods. This is likely to continue for a while but let’s all hope the steps being taken will help soon.

John Mehner is the former President and CEO of the Cape Chamber.
Related Content