Furniture used to last a lifetime. Now, not so much. But how did we get here?
Shipping companies need to cover their higher costs, but there's a limit to how much they can pass on to customers.
As Yellow is sold for parts in bankruptcy court, one group of assets is getting all the attention: Its terminals.
As consumers favor services over buying goods, FedEx and other shippers are feeling the pinch.
Stung by supply chain breakdowns and worried about labor unrest, many shippers have rerouted goods to the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast.
Retailers have managed to offload excess inventory, and global shipping is returning to pre-pandemic normal.
"Sharing a room with another alpha female is not easy. [...] We know how to work with each other at this point," says Yvette Rodriguez.
A new law has given the Federal Maritime Commission the teeth it needs to tackle high shipping fees and congestion at the ports.
Shipping costs, wait times and sourcing materials are still a big problem for business owners in South Carolina and Calif.
"I'm taking a very, very big risk opening another retail location," says Annie Lang Hartman, owner of the Michigan retail brand Wild Lettie.