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America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby BrianC » Wed 13 Oct 2021, 17:03:41

America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage' (theatlantic.com) 231
Posted by msmash on Wednesday October 13, 2021 @12:22PM from the closer-look dept.
The global supply chain is slowing down at the very moment when Americans are demanding that it go into overdrive. The Atlantic:
Is it just me, or does it feel like America is running out of everything? I visited CVS last week to pick up some at-home COVID-19 tests. They'd been sold out for a week, an employee told me. So I asked about paper towels. "We're out of those too," he said. "Try Walgreens." I drove to a Walgreens that had paper towels. But when I asked a pharmacist to fill some very common prescriptions, he told me the store had run out. "Try the Target up the road," he suggested. Target's pharmacy had the meds, but its front area was alarmingly barren, like the canned-food section of a grocery store one hour before a hurricane makes landfall.

This is the economy now. One-hour errands are now multi-hour odysseys. Next-day deliveries are becoming day-after-next deliveries. That car part you need? It'll take an extra week, sorry. The book you were looking for? Come back in November. The baby crib you bought? Make it December. Eyeing a new home-improvement job that requires several construction workers? Haha, pray for 2022. The U.S. economy isn't yet experiencing a downturn akin to the 1970s period of stagflation. This is something different, and quite strange. Americans are settling into a new phase of the pandemic economy, in which GDP is growing but we're also suffering from a dearth of a shocking array of things -- test kits, car parts, semiconductors, ships, shipping containers, workers. This is the Everything Shortage. The Everything Shortage is not the result of one big bottleneck in, say, Vietnamese factories or the American trucking industry. We are running low on supplies of all kinds due to a veritable hydra of bottlenecks.
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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby Newfie » Wed 13 Oct 2021, 19:33:16

Yes, I had seen that story and others describing the general JIT delivery breakdown.
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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby Pops » Thu 14 Oct 2021, 10:46:35

The thing is, any "everything shortage" out there is because retail sales are through the roof. Typical misdirection, it is demand not supply causing the stress. The stutter-step of shutdown then stimulus is what emptied the shelves. Another artifact of an overly optimized JIT system that only works if everything is predictable and can't cope with the unexpected.

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Not sure why this isn't more apparent to the talking heads. I worry far more about the economy tripping up, "Sovereign Debt Bubble", corporate bond defaults after this dust settles etc.
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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby Newfie » Thu 14 Oct 2021, 11:38:13

Pops,

O saw that as well, demand up 5%. Yet there is no doubt shipping is playing a role.

Where are folks getting all this money?
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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby Plantagenet » Thu 14 Oct 2021, 14:44:38

Don't worry so much people.

Joe Biden is on the job.

Joe is solving yet another problem for us. He told those lazy longshoreman in Los Angeles to work 24-7 to get those ships from China into port and hurry up and unload all the plastic christmas toys to solve the "everything shortage."

Of course Joe Biden first issued executive orders on supply chains back in February. Oh well.......Obama warned us Joe would $%^$ thins up. Now supply chains are can be added to list of Joe Biden #$^%-up.

Thank goodness.....its good to know that Joe Biden will fix the "everything shortage" just like he fixed Afghanistan, and the border, and the Congress and Covid and the divide in the electorate and racial equity and those evil border patrollers using whips on the poor Haitians and whatever else is wrong......

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No worries.....Joe Biden has been personally interfering in the supply chain since February 2021....No wonder everything is ##$$%#$-up now. Obama was sure right about Joe.....no one can $%^$ thing sup like Joe Biden!!!

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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby Plantagenet » Fri 15 Oct 2021, 16:50:25

In addition to Biden screwing up the supply chain system, we also have to put some of the blame on the liberal Ds who run California.

There are 70+ ships loaded with goodies just sitting off Los Angeles and Long Beach, but they can't get unloaded thanks to the Ds in California who passed new laws designed to phase out diesel trucks in the trucking industry to encourage a shift to electric trucks.

The law is doing a good job phasing out diesel trucks in California....the problem is there aren't any electric trucks available yet to replace them....so there is a shortage of trucks and truckers in California

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Yes....the MSM isn't reporting it but the supply chain system problem in the USA is partly caused by environmental laws passed by the Ds in California .....why am I not surprised?

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The well-meaning but not very smart Ds in California passed environmental laws to shut down diesel trucks to encourage more use of electric trucks......but they forgot that there actually aren't any electric trucks available yet. This has resulted in a shortage of trucks and truckers and huge delays in unloading ships at California ports.

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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby evilgenius » Sat 16 Oct 2021, 10:12:40

Pops wrote:The thing is, any "everything shortage" out there is because retail sales are through the roof. Typical misdirection, it is demand not supply causing the stress. The stutter-step of shutdown then stimulus is what emptied the shelves. Another artifact of an overly optimized JIT system that only works if everything is predictable and can't cope with the unexpected.

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Not sure why this isn't more apparent to the talking heads. I worry far more about the economy tripping up, "Sovereign Debt Bubble", corporate bond defaults after this dust settles etc.

We are up against people who deliberately sow discontent. It doesn't mean OP was doing that. Or, even the Atlantic. But there is a cohesive operation running to bring this kind of doubt before the people. It is essential to get a certain party into power. They have an idea of whom it should be that will lead them into the next foray. I'm not so sure they should be operating under that much certainty. Their current guy may fade. They could, instead, get a real baddie in his place. You see, they have failed to ensure themselves against such a thing happening. In fact, they have given such a character all of the levers.
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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby Pops » Sat 16 Oct 2021, 16:03:44

evilgenius wrote:We are up against people who deliberately sow discontent. It doesn't mean OP was doing that. Or, even the Atlantic. But there is a cohesive operation running to bring this kind of doubt before the people. It is essential to get a certain party into power. They have an idea of whom it should be that will lead them into the next foray. I'm not so sure they should be operating under that much certainty. Their current guy may fade. They could, instead, get a real baddie in his place. You see, they have failed to ensure themselves against such a thing happening. In fact, they have given such a character all of the levers.

Yeah, I have no idea what Brian thinks, not sure I've ever read his opinion on anything, so I just take what he posts as his opinion.
By misdirection I didn't mean to imply there was some nefarious plot, more like the media finds value in this narrative and just goes along with the pack. Even The Atlantic and I subscribe.

The Supply chain is breaking!!! Ruuunnnn!

I get a little twitchy from time to time about the self-organizing system of profit taking that our lifestyle is based on. You know? the baker doesn't bake to feed you, he does it to feed himself? The invisible hand and all that. But especially since 2015 or so, panic sells more than ever. I had to go look for the underlying reason for delivery backing up. Turns out that in addition to shut downs and sick days, just a heck of a lot of people had money they once spent on restaurants and bars burning a hole so they filled it with online purchases. That isn't the sole reason but it is a $100 billion of it... way more than the dive in the recession.
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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby evilgenius » Sat 16 Oct 2021, 17:50:29

That's a good observation. I work at UPS. Work has been steady. We get a huge package count for the number of us, every day.

When I first went to work there, a few supervisors ago, I heard talk of expecting things to cool down after Christmas. Things didn't cool down. They have only recently hit the kind of numbers that would justify a slightly larger number of people than we have right now, so it is hard to feel the difference. I know there is one, though.

Oh, sorry, I load the trucks, so that the drivers can take them out. My work is hard, but those people, men and women, they really work hard. My fellow loaders know what it is like to develop a good relationship with the drivers they service. It's part of a brotherhood, in the overarching way of meaning it, so that it doesn't exclude women.

UPS does not discriminate against women. But I can only say that of my location. All kinds of brave enough women to apply to work there have come and gone. Many have stuck. Some are in management! But I am a Teamster, screw management, big huzzah! No, not the double intention, I can't spell the true French. I do not mean to imply any sexist alternative. I should make that clear because I think similar things to what I sometimes say have been said by fringe nutters. Yes, I admit that. It happens as often as random chance permits it. I often get docked by algorithms and plain old application stencils over such thinking. It can suck to be an egalitarian. Even more so, to be one and come from my generation, with our vernacular.
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Re: America is Choking Under an 'Everything Shortage'

Unread postby Plantagenet » Sat 16 Oct 2021, 18:08:20

Pops wrote:I get a little twitchy from time to time about the self-organizing system of profit taking that our lifestyle is based on. You know? the baker doesn't bake to feed you, he does it to feed himself? The invisible hand and all that.


The alternative idea that people will happily bake bread and do all the other necessary jobs for little or no pay in order to help their fellow man and build a socialist utopia is pretty thoroughly discredited by now.

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