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No relief for retail as port congestion and potential railroad worker strike loom

Jul. 08, 2022 12:00 PM ETUnion Pacific Corporation (UNP) StockWMT, TGT, HD, NKE, LOW, DLTR, BRK.ABy: Clark Schultz, SA News Editor18 Comments

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The retail industry could see another supply chain headache during the back half of the year and into the holidays as rail congestion at West Coast ports remains elevated and labor issues are

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sethmcs profile picture
Keep your imports. I got enough junk already.
cssys profile picture
glad brk holds so much cash...
georgefelix75 profile picture
Short term issue.
Agbug profile picture
This could work in retailers favor if American consumers get antsy about potential shortages of imported goods, real or otherwise. Remember toilet paper shortages as an example.
Ishi Kenjo profile picture
Send to other ports: Houston, Charleston and such... maybe even Great Lakes if necessary.
Long Time Running profile picture
@Ishi Kenjo , Prince Rupert, 3 days shorter sailing time from Asia, 5 days to Chicago. Vancouver about the same.

Halifax on the East Coast, deep water, expanded berthing for 2 container ships offloading.

There are options.
justinmaxwell86 profile picture
Great news for ZIM!
MAYHAWK profile picture
Do like Reagan with the ATC, fire them all and start over. A strike like this hurts everyone to benefit a minority who are already making 6 figures. Longshoremen make over $100k per year.
MoneyPig profile picture

Longshoreperson. Respect the ways of the United States.
@MAYHAWK not sure how easy and smooth it would be to replace and they are not government workers...Reagan was a stud
thumb.ai profile picture
“The decision of where a container bound for rail goes is decided by the ocean carriers,” said Jack Hedge, executive director of the Utah Inland Port Authority. “The carriers are limiting which inland ports to go to. If they were flexible to diversify their rail routes, it would ease the bottlenecks on the rails and free up congestion. But that would mean their containers would be inland longer.”

Seems like a complicated business. Multiple players, different incentives.
The obvious answer is investing in upgrades to ports away from troublesome Californians and their inept leaders.
the unions voted for biden. I'm sure he can convince them to not strike
wam350 profile picture
@finding Your Retiremen
Haven't you noticed, losers (union members) always vote for losers (Biden)
@Finding Your Retirement LOL! someone would 1st have to explain to the walking cadaver what a strike is.
Long Time Running profile picture
@wam350 , the issues started in 2020, trump really f ked up supply chains with his trade war, import tariffs and botched pandemic.

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