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Cargo Ship Dilemma — Impacting the Supply Chain

There are still kinks in the supply system.

I’m not a huge YouTube watcher, but I did take time to watch this 19-minute video: “Cargo Ship Dilemma: How This Will Impact You in Significant Ways.”

I equate the hiccups in the supply chain to a collision on the highway where cars back up and then there is a long delay with fits and starts over a considerable period of time.

The Suez Canal challenge of having a super-sized cargo ship stuck for days is just one simple example from earlier this year.

The challenges of the pandemic, manufacturing and demand are discussed briefly. The end result is that we are not out of this mess yet.

Do I think that you need to store water for three weeks because of the shipping/intermodal challenges — no, but I would order those Christmas gifts early.

We are still waiting for a chair the Holdemans ordered in March that has yet to arrive — and it was being manufactured here in the United States.

I also spoke to a decorator who said that designers and construction companies cannot get the kitchen appliances they need for new homes and remodels. Order now for a future delivery. Store them in the garage if they show up on time.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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