The majority of people assumed everything could just be ordered online and then show up in a day or two.
Doesn’t fit or don’t really like it, just go ahead and with prepaid return labels in hand return it.
Well I guess we can just delete those thoughts from the memory bank.
Show up in a day or two has turned into days, weeks and in many cases months to obtain a placed order for goods. As far as a reliable way to return and obtain credit for something it’s not so reliable and easy as in the past.
So then people start to ask questions about why are these problems happening?
There’s news stories about port delays, truck backups, no personnel, Covid restrictions and more.
All of a sudden everyone has become a supply chain expert.
Here’s the thing with me – if we’re working together I don’t want to hear you complain about something unless you also present a logical solution to the problem you’re telling me about. Or at the very least be open to the solutions I present to you without shooting them down with comments like –
“We’ve never done anything like that!”
“We do things differently, it won’t work here!”
“You just don’t understand our business!”
“No one here cares about that!”
Enough, as there are too many more.
If you are interested in solving at least this one issue and you’re able to get this idea to someone with the ability to do something to solve this problem feel free to pass this along.
SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPORT ISSUE
The port issues, ship lines, truck back ups and container problems are all impacted like dominos falling in a line. The single main issue is empty containers that are in the way. Is everyone in agreement that if this one item can be magic wand and away the rest of the ship, port, truck issues can be resolved?
Utilize MSC and any US Military ships, trucks, personnel and deem this as a National Emergency. Empower a single logistics lead to round up all of the empty containers and remove them from the active port staging areas.
Bring these empty containers to identified under utilized office parking lots, fields or other areas not blocking the active port and trucking areas. A short timeline is key – 60 days.
Don’t agree or like that idea?
Create other ways to move containers that are loaded away from the larger ports once these containers are discharged from the large container ships.
For example: Loaded containers discharged in Newark, NJ or NY Harbor with destinations in New England should be loaded onto barges or vessels small enough to transport and discharge them in ports to the north. Such as New Haven, CT. or Boston, MA. or Portland, ME. Some work may need to done to outfit the barges to accommodate the containers. Plus the ports selected may need to have the cranes brought there to handle the containers.
However, if planned properly, these improvements may have long standing positive results. Again, with a National Emergency stamp on it, a short timeline and a single logistics lead this is a solution worth exploring.
Now it’s up to you. Who knows someone to at least get these conversations started?
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The purpose is to compile these stories in order to share the information with others. The stories will inspire others, help them with tips for handling what they are going through now and what they may face in the future. It may even become a go to resource for stroke survivors and their families.
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