20 November, 2021

It’s Going to Take a While to Fix the Supply Chain Issues

I’m A Twenty Year Truck Driver, I Will Tell You Why America’s “Shipping Crisis” Will Not End | by Ryan JOHNSON | Oct, 2021 | Medium

What we have is a system with a limited amount of trucks and qualified drivers, many of whom are already working 14 hours a day (legally, the maximum they can), and now the supposed fix is to have them work 24 hours a day, every day, and not stop until the backlog is cleared. It’s not going to happen. It is not physically possible. There is no “cavalry” coming. No trucking companies are going to pay to register their trucks to haul containers for something that is supposedly so “short term,” because these same companies can get higher rate loads outside the ports. There is no extra capacity to be had, and it makes NO difference anyway, because If you can’t get a container unloaded at a warehouse, having drivers work 24/7/365 solves nothing.

TL;DR – Even if we can get the shipping containers off the ships, we still have to go through them, load them on trucks and then have the truckers deliver them. And there just aren’t enough people to do these things.

The supply chain is fragile. You can’t let it get as bad as we have. It’s almost impossible to fix it afterward.  This could take years.

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