Press "Enter" to skip to content

Supply chain crisis & inconvenience

STATEWIDE CLASSIFIEDS

FOR THE WEEK 11/28/21

EDUCATION /Career Training

Medical Billing and Coding Training. New Students Only.  Call and Press 1. 100% Online courses. Financial Aid Available for those who qualify. Call 833-628-2698.

WANTED

FREON WANTED: We pay $$$ for cylinders and cans. R12 R500 R11 R113 R114. Convenient. Certified Professionals. Call 312-291-9169 or visit RefrigerantFinders.com

HEALTHCARE

HEARING AIDS!! Buy one/get one FREE! High-quality rechargeable Nano hearing aids priced 90% less than competitors. Nearly invisible! 45-day money back guarantee! 866-395-1310

HOME IMPROVEMENT

ELIMINATE ROACHES GUARANTEED! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Odorless, Long Lasting, Available: Publix, Hardware Stores, Home Centers.

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS.  Easy, One Day updates! We specialize in safe bathing. Grab bars, no slip flooring & seated showers. Call for a free in-home consultation: 866-286-5461.

Call Empire Today to schedule a FREE in-home estimate on Carpeting & Flooring. Call Today! 1-866-971-9196.

Eliminate gutter cleaning forever! LeafFilter, the most advanced debris-blocking gutter protection. Schedule a FREE LeafFilter estimate today. 15% off and 0% financing for those who qualify. PLUS Senior & Military Discounts. Call 1-877-735-0477.

MISCELLANEOUS

LONG DISTANCE MOVING.  Call today for a FREE QUOTE from America’s Most Trusted Interstate Movers. Let us take the stress out of moving! Call now to speak to one of our Quality Relocation Specialist: 877-563-0447.

SAVE YOUR HOME! Are you behind paying your MORTGAGE? Denied a Loan Modification? Is the bank threatening foreclosure? CALL Homeowner’s Relief Line! FREE CONSULTATION! 855-596-0109

SERIOUSLY INJURED in an AUTO ACCIDENT?  Let us fight for you! Our network has recovered millions for clients! Call today for a FREE consultation! 855-399-5797

INVENTORS – FREE INFORMATION PACKAGE. Have your product idea developed affordably by the Research & Development pros and presented to manufacturers. Call 1-844-656-1522 for a Free Idea Starter Guide. Submit your idea for a free consultation.

Cash for Cars! We buy all cars! Junk, high-end, totaled—It doesn’t matter! Get free towing and same day cash! NEWER MODELS too! 833-882-3437.

Donate your car to charity. Receive the maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All Conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details 866-994-1146.

PROBLEM CREDIT REPORT? Lexington Law helps work  to challenge inaccurate negative items including; Identity theft, collections, late payments, liens, and more from your credit report. Call for a free consultation 877-250-3937

TV/INTERNET

DISH NETWORK. $64.99 FOR 190 channels! Blazing Fast Internet, $19.99/mo. (where available) Switch & Get a FREE $100 Visa Gift Card. FREE Voice Remote. FREE HD DVR. FREE Streaming on ALL Devices. Call today! 1-866-369-1468.

DISH TV $64.99 For 190 Channels + $14.95
High Speed Internet. Free Installation, Smart HD DVR Included, Free Voice Remote. Some restrictions apply. Promo Expires 1/21/22. 1-877-740-8994

Cable Price Increase Again? Switch to DIRECTV & Save + get a $100 visa gift card! Get more channels for less money. Restrictions apply. Call now 844-973-0639.

Earthlink High Speed Internet. As Low as $49.95/month.(for the first 3 months) Reliable High Speed Fiber Optic Technology. Stream Videos, Music and More! Call Earthlink Today 1-844-510-9951.

BEST SATELLITE TV with 2 Year Price Guarantee! $59.99/mo with 190 channels and 3 months free premium movie channels! Free next day installation!

Call 855-808-6843.

DIRECTV – Every live football game, every Sunday – anywhere – on your favorite device. Restrictions apply. Call IVS- 1-888-505-3785

AT& T INTERNET. Starting at $40/month w/12 –mo. Includes 1 TB of data per month. Get more for your High-Speed Internet Thing. Ask us how to bundle and save! Geo & svc restrictions apply. Call us today 1-888-581-6815

            You may not get what you want for Christmas this year and it has nothing to do with the naughty or nice list. The problem is being called a supply chain crisis and the first thing to recognize is that it’s more complicated than St. Nick’s magic toy shop.

            There have been several excellent attempts to shed some light on it.

            As University of North Georgia Professor Zuoming Liu said with an interview with AccessWDUN, anything as large as the U.S. economy is complex and in this case it also involves foreign governments, ports and companies.

            Wired magazine (Wired.com), usually known for its reporting on technology, did an excellent job breaking down the problem. The article emphasized that the supply chain has worked flawlessly for decades – to the point, we all expect our packages to show up quickly, with the aberration being flukes when something does get lost. We had reached a point we took it for granted; you clicked on your computer, put in a credit card number on Monday and whatever you wanted, not matter how exotic or faraway, was at the front door or your business by week’s end.

            However, Wired and others pointed out, this continued success was based on the predictably of hundreds of individual operators – companies, factories in other countries, ships and whole economies. Pallets were loaded overseas like clockwork, reached ports after a set number of days to be unloaded onto trucks that  hauled cargo to warehouses that were open, and staffed.

            As the old saying goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and the pandemic set off a series of events showing the weak links were far more numerous than the solid ones.

            Wired and others’ coverage traced the breaking point to a combination of shipping companies wrongly assuming the economy would slow with the pandemic, not anticipating that stimulus checks prompted people to shift spending from going out events/dates/vacations to all sorts of stuff for home offices and quarantine hobbies – and mostly bought online, which requires shipping.

            “In the US, stimulus checks sent directly to citizens resulted in a 4.2 percent month-on-month increase in consumer spending in March 2021. We’ve also been encouraged to spend our money online, requiring a rapid retooling of the way that businesses work,” said Marc Levinson—author of two books on shipping containers in the Wired article.

            Numerous other fault-lines emerged including China cutting factory output substantially, and a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. Prof. Liu from UNG pointed out that a ship may carry 1,000 containers meaning you need 1,000 trucks waiting. A great 60 Minutes segment on the port near Los Angeles told how there was a substantial problem with a multitude of empty containers piled up at the port not leaving room to unload efficiently. The system went into chaos overwhelmed by too many orders, too few truckers and logistic problems up and down the line.

            An article from Capitol Beat news service covering Gov. Brian Kemp and other GOP governors asking for federal intervention to get things moving stated, disruptions due to supply shortage increased 638% during the first half of 2021 for essential products, including semiconductor chips, plastics and cardboard. The delay of shipping vessels arriving to North American ports from Asia has ballooned from “14 hours in June 2020 to 13 days in September 2021.”

             While there is little the average person can do to solve the problem, it may help to keep in mind the difference between a supply chain crisis and supply chain inconvenience. Some things are a crisis very legitimately, such as when companies can’t operate because of undelivered inventory or critical parts and all the employees get an unexpected and unpaid holiday.

            However, when the issue mainly involves having to substitute one ingredient for another or when you have to settle for a different colored item, it’s just inconvenient.

            We recognize that for many people giving awesome gifts at Christmas to kids or grandchildren is very important. And this year that may leave many frustrated, but may we suggest recalling that a lot of grandparents extol the good ol days when you only got a few oranges and a pair of socks you were darn happy to get. Could be a chance to revisit the era of less is more this year.

            Also on the good side, several media accounts noted that consumers will do better at small, local retail shops where you can see what’s there and leave the store with a gift, no worries about shipping delays.

            We fully recognize that for many businesses and employees the supply chain crisis is truly devastating. But for most of us simple consumers, a Christmas of fewer presents and shopping local isn’t a crisis.

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Website by NewsintheCloud.com - Copyright 2021