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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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