Introducing the Around-the-Clock Supply Chain (.PDF Download)

Oct. 25, 2021
The White House lays out plans for a 24/7 operation to help alleviate snarled supply chains, and it may already be starting to work.

With supply chain disruptions impacting businesses, consumers, economies and entire industries right now, President Joe Biden has proposed a new way to speed up the delivery of goods in the US: a 24/7 supply chain operation. The initiative is taking root at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach—where ships sit at anchor for days or even weeks waiting to enter the port for cargo unloading—but may also include some of the nation’s largest transportation and logistics providers.

In a recent briefing, Biden said it took weeks of negotiation with a union, retailers and freight movers to get the ports to begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “This is the first key step toward moving our entire freight transportation and logistical supply chain, nationwide, to a 24/7 system,” he said in his briefing.

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