Canceled Sailings: Last Resort Solution to Port Congestion

U.S. port congestion has not eased. It has simply shifted.

When the pandemic eased, manufacturers and retailers ordered more than needed to offset goods shortages and delivery uncertainty. As a result, ports became congested, which slowed the flow of goods in and out of the country. Today, bottlenecks shift from one port to the other, and labor disputes continue to exacerbate the situation. In this chaotic environment, canceling sailings seem to be a viable, albeit temporary, solution.


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Recalls, Material Shortages and More Lead to Baby Formula Shortages

Nationwide shortages of baby formula have had panicked parents desperately searching to find enough.

The problem has been worsening and is expected to last at least through 2022.  Parents are taking to social media to assist each other in finding alternatives and to help raise awareness about this crisis.


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Prefab Is Fab

Prefabricated building modules are trending.

Supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages can wreak havoc on construction projects as their compounded effects lengthen lead times and increase costs. Fortunately, these challenges can make businesses more creative and resourceful. Modular construction with prefabricated units combines the benefits of standardization and flexibility to speed up construction and lower costs. It thus facilitates the successful execution of large projects in an era of uncertainty and inflation.


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Time for a New Just-In-Time in the Auto Industry

Is Just-In-Time (JIT) going away?

Increased uncertainty and shortages have challenged the belief that JIT production systems are mistake-proof. The auto industry has widely and thoroughly embraced the systems for several decades. However, recent events have highlighted their limitations and the need to make them more resilient. This new imperative is consistent with the lean philosophy of continuous improvement.


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