Week of October 4th, 2021
Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance
Supply chain disruptions continue to dominate the headlines. And with no relief in sight, many are making big changes to their operations in order to deliver goods to customers.
Let’s examine some recent industry news.
SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS
- COVID-19: Supply-Chain Issues Causing Shortages of Items at Supermarkets, Other Retailers: Supply-chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic are leading to product shortages in stores across the country.
- Congestion, Delays and Supply Chain Challenges Will Continue into 2022: Major carriers, as well as the ports, are warning that the surge is likely to persist, which will continue to drive shortages, lack of capacity, and increasing rates.
- Your Online Shopping Broke the World’s Supply Chain: The complex system that transports the stuff you buy is still adapting to immense changes and challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. Now the system needs to change.
- The Global Supply Chain Is Still A Mess. When Will It Get Better?: NPR’s Scott Horsley reports on the interconnected nature of those chains, and what happens when a single part delays manufacturing for months at a time.
- Costco, Walmart Rent Out own Shipping Containers Amid Supply Chain Hiccups Ahead of Holidays: Companies like Costco, Walmart and Home Depot are renting their own shipping containers and looking for different ports of entry due to a growing backlog of cargo ships along California’s coast.
- Lithium Battery Maker Airlifts Assembly Line to Leapfrog Port Congestion: When the ocean congestion gripping West Coast ports threatened to derail Enovix’s plans to build its first factory, the manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries found a creative way around the backlog.
- Supply chain disruptions, delays aren’t going away. Port congestion, lack of available capacity, the labor shortage and high shipping volumes head into the holiday season continue to wreak havoc on the supply chain. And according to many industry experts, these issues will continue into 2022 (and possibly beyond), making this the “new normal” for today’s supply chain.
- DG management process must evolve. As we’ve continued to stress ever since the pandemic first started instigating adjustments to supply chains, changes to a company’s shipping processes impact its DG management operations. And, likewise, DG management processes have a tremendous impact on a company’s operations, risk management and bottom line. As companies are being forced to make operational changes (both big and small) in order to address short- and long-term needs, DG management processes, training and knowledge must evolve and expand along with it. Not doing so can cause even more delays, increased costs, and unhappy customers.
- Now is the time to talk with senior leadership about compliance. Getting senior leaders to understand the value of DG compliance has been an ongoing challenge. But as businesses place greater emphasis on the supply chain, now is the perfect time to engage company leadership in conversations around the role of DG management and the risk of noncompliance. After all, the last thing businesses want is more delays, roadblocks to rolling out new strategies or an incident involving hazmat in the news.
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