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Episode 16: What the heck is happening at the ports? And where do we go from here?

Congested terminals, vessels accumulating in ports, warehouses packed beyond capacity … supply chain deficiencies have always been present during peak season. But over the past few months, we’ve been exposed to more and more difficulties on the import side of the fulfillment process. This week we sat down with Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor at the West Coast Journal of Commerce, for a deep dive into what’s happening, why it’s happening, and what to expect for the future.

01:07: Supply chain deficiencies – did COVID cause it?

05:31: The effects of consumer demand and a continuous flood of merchandise

13:06: Can we “fix” broken supply chain with 24/7 operation?

16:18: Where does the trucking industry come into play?

19:00: A deep dive into the mess at LA Long Beach (and where we’re going from here)

28:35: Doubling the capacity of terminals with automation

31:40: Why more micro-ports aren’t the answer

35:00: A look at 2023’s projected capacity and the future costs of increased imports

JOC – Journalism of Commerce

TEU – Twenty-foot equivalent unit

ILWU – International Longshore and Warehouse Union

CDL – Commercial driver’s license

NGOs – Non-governmental organization

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