ALG Connect: 60 Minutes - Inside The Supply Chain Crisis



PACKED PORTS AND EMPTY SHELVES: INSIDE THE ISSUE BEHIND THE U.S. SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS

60 Minutes follows the U.S.'s struggling supply chain, from choked ports on the West Coast, to packed rail yards in Chicago. Along the way, we found finger-pointing, huge profits, and massive losses.

 

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout-or maybe you should. Millions of dollars' worth of holiday presents and other goods Americans have ordered are stuck on giant container ships, waiting for a space to unload at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Call it a case of Freight Expectations. There's so much cargo arriving from Asia, that some of it has been diverted to other ports in the country. It's led to an epic traffic jam that no one seems able to untangle and it's revealed deep flaws in America's supply chain. What started as a shop-from-home binge during the pandemic has had lasting effects. Retailers warn these holidays will be marked by empty shelves, higher prices, and lost jobs unless the backlog is cleared. We wanted to see what it's like in the busiest ports in the country but first, we had to get on board.

 

Space at the Long Beach docks is so tight that when a slot opened up at 1 a.m., The port pilots wasted no time. They sped off into the dark and so did we, following captain James Dwyer up a rope ladder, as he climbed aboard to guide the giant ship, the ever linking, to an open berth. 

 

The problems at the ports have cascaded across the country. So we followed the supply chain from the choked Ports of LA and Long Beach to rail yards in Chicago. Along the way we found chaos, finger-pointing, huge profits and massive losses. And everywhere, frustration. 

 

To watch the full video from 60 Minutes please click on this link:  

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/supply-chain-crisis-60-minutes-2021-11-14/



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