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he New York Times reported last month that a record number of cargo container ships were anchored off the California coast. The logjam continues today. Although few news outlets are giving it much attention, large corporations are certainly taking notice and preparing for serious supply chain delays, and so should every American.
Walmart is in the process of remodeling its stores and reducing its number of shopping aisles. Although it may result in more space for consumers, some are claiming it is a sign that the retail giant is anticipating smaller inventories. Just last month, Doug McMillion, the CEO of Walmart, announced an infusion of $14 billion in supply chain capital investments. Executives claim they are seeing the worst supply chain problems and inventory shortages in their entire careers. Where is this shortage coming from, and what are the potential repercussions for average Americans?
Although supply chains have shown strain over the last decade, the predominant cause in the current supply chain bottleneck is COVID policy. Supplies from Asia have been hindered the most. The main ports of entry for container ships coming from Asia, are in liberal cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and Long Beach. These cities advocated for some of the most restrictive COVID protocols and have been resistant to getting their citizens back to work. Some large port employers downsized during the pandemic. Additionally, federally subsidized unemployment payments have incentivized many longshoremen to remain at home.
Meanwhile, online shopping has grown exponentially. Modest estimates have e-commerce growing by 14 percent in 2021. Walmart’s online sales grew 79 percent in its most recently completed fiscal year. Unfortunately for Walmart, its supply chain may be incapable of meeting the growing online demand. This is a simple supply and demand problem. So many Americans are ordering items online that the demand is greater than the supply chain can manage. Airfreight does supplement shipping and is recording record profits but is unable to replace maritime supply chains.
The bottleneck at U.S. ports of entry is likely to worsen with the upcoming holiday season. But the repercussions for average Americans could be more detrimental than […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
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