Delayed Deliveries Throughout the Logistics Industry
In recent months as the world still reels from the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, many businesses have been understaffed. As a result, manufacturers are struggling to keep pace and delivery times have affected all sectors of the logistics industry.
Ports across the west cost of the United States are backed up with cargo ships waiting to dock to unload thousands of containers packed with different of goods.
According to recent reporting from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Container ships were lined up off the coast of Southern California, waiting to deliver cargo at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. Tens of thousands of containers are stuck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two west coast gateways that move more than a quarter of all American imports.
Additionally, truckers and warehouses can’t find enough workers to keep up with demand. So what does this all mean for 3PL firms like Hopkins Distribution?
For the immediate foreseeable future, unfortunately, things may get worse before they get better. As holiday season ramps up, expect more delays in delivered goods across the entire U.S. and tight inventory of existing goods on the market.
Until more workers are hired across the entire industry, producing goods in a timely manner and getting them delivered on time will be a continually increasing problem the industry will be faced with.
However, Hopkins Distribution will work tirelessly with both our seasonal customers and long time clients alike to meet deadlines and deliver cargo as fast and efficient as possible. We will continue to monitor trends in the logistics/3PL industry and will give an update if anything changes.