Inflation is increasing, causing many products at the grocery store to become more expensive. And according to reports published by the BBC, delays at ports have resulted in supply chain disruptions and worsening food shortages around the country. "We are facing an unprecedented cargo surge at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles due to major global pandemic production shifts and decades-old supply chain challenges," said the mayor of Long Beach, California.
Supply chain disruptions are also wreaking havoc on small business owners. For example, according to WFAA, some are barely managing to keep their doors open due to a lack of inventory. "Business has not ever been this stressful," said Candance Williams, who owns a small business in Dallas. "We've seen just a litany of missed shipments, things that have gone to the wrong store, just a lot of errors along that part of the supply chain that we normally don't see."
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, supply chain disruptions have resulted in some public schools struggling to provide meals to students. According to The Boston Globe, "There aren't pickers to harvest food, drivers to haul it, or warehouse workers to distribute it. In Boston Public Schools, more than one in every five positions for food service workers is currently vacant, which means some school kitchens that once had three or four cooks making food from scratch are down to one staff member serving prepackaged meals."
Here are several videos of empty shelves across the United States:
A prominent official in the Biden Administration thinks passing a trillion-dollar "Build Back Better" infrastructure bill is the answer to many of America's problems, according to Politico. "Certainly, a lot of the challenges that we've been experiencing this year will continue into next year. But there are both short-term and long-term steps that we can take to do something about it," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said during an interview with CNN. "Part of what's happening isn't just the supply side, it's the demand side. Demand is off the chart. This is one more example of why we need to pass the infrastructure bill. There are $17 billion in the President's infrastructure plan for ports alone, and we need to deal with these long-term issues that have made us vulnerable to these kinds of bottlenecks when there are demand fluctuations, shocks, and disruptions like the ones that have been caused by the pandemic."
Buttigieg continued to say, “The president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.” While America's economy is certainly in the process of recovering, it's hard to ignore the worsening supply chain disruption and shortages throughout the country.
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