Supply chains are still disrupted, corporate economists report

Jul 25, 2022
A record-high percentage of firms are facing supply shortages, the National Association for Business Economics found, and most are passing cost increases om to customers.
There are more new cars available to consumers, but it's more because of slowing demand than easing supply chain issues.
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Truckers block Oakland port to protest a California labor law

Jul 22, 2022
It's one more thing for a supply chain under unprecedented pressure.
Frustrated truckers obstruct the Port of Oakland on Thursday, piling another burden onto the supply chain.
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These small businesses still feel supply chain pressures, even if data says they're easing

Jul 19, 2022
Shipping costs, wait times and sourcing materials are still a big problem for business owners in South Carolina and Calif.
Some businesses have had to adjust shipping strategies — like opting to ship by rail — to circumvent delays at ports.
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Manufacturing employment returns to pre-pandemic level

Jul 8, 2022
Demand for manufactured goods has grown during the pandemic, but new orders have been falling in recent months.
Data on worker productivity in the second quarter is due to come out Tuesday, which could show continued declines as a result of the pandemic.
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Walmart to charge transportation fees to some suppliers

Jul 6, 2022
The retailer says it's part of an effort to keep prices low for customers. That can be hard to do in the long term.
The fees Walmart charges will eventually be passed on to consumers.
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When you need 70,000 pounds of paper a month and the supply chain is in chaos

Jun 15, 2022
Claudia Smukler of Mother Jones explains the unique obstacles to producing a print magazine in this economy.
Magazines require a high grade of coated paper, one that ink will lay well on.
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Thanks, supply chain. Now there's a tampon shortage.

Jun 14, 2022
Supplies of cotton and rayon have been stymied by the issues that have inundated the chain for a while.
Supply chain woes have continued to the point where tampons are hard to find on store shelves.
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Port congestion is easing. But supply chain congestion isn't going away soon.

Jun 10, 2022
China’s COVID-19 lockdowns, which shut down much of the country’s manufacturing and exports, are partly to blame.
President Joe Biden addressed was at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday. Though the port is clearing, the bottlenecks may not be over yet.
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The chaotic story of inventory in today's economy

Jun 8, 2022
Wholesale inventories were up in April. But now, some stores have too much inventory while others struggle to get the inventory they need.
Target is among the retailers that misjudged what consumers would buy and are dealing  with stockpiles of unwanted goods.
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Need a CT scan? You may have to wait weeks, thanks to lockdowns in China and dye shortages

May 31, 2022
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a critical Shanghai plant that produces the dye has been operating at reduced capacity for weeks.
Hospitals low on contrast dye are doing some CT scans without it or are booking patients weeks or months in advance. 
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