The COVID pandemic and the just-in-time inventory system have tested the global supply chain and every industry has felt the effects. Early scenes of empty shelves, shopping carts running over with toilet paper and distraught customers point to the panic buying that precipitated many of the COVID-19 product shortages. A video which was particularly telling showed a stressed young mother who was unable to find diapers for her baby. Her phone’s camera panned the ransacked store shelves, as she lamented that the only available diapers were in large multi-pack boxes…which she could not afford.
The recent blockage of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given container ship has shown just how fragile global shipping can be. But, this Suez incident was just one episode in the overall shipping crisis triggered over a year ago by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle to shipping now is the shortage of transport boxes (shipping containers). Even when these containers are available, their prices have increased to sky-high levels—from about $1000/each prior to 2020 to up to $10,000 now, according to the DW article: “Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers Shipping Container Crisis.”
It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic entered our lives and dramatically changed them for the foreseeable future.
For many who have continued to work and meet in their usual workplace, day-to-day practices that were once unimaginable have now become generally accepted and are viewed much in the same way as brushing your teeth. Other practices are accepted as necessary but are also thoroughly disliked.
We recently spoke with Janet Fortin from Global Fruit, the largest cherry exporter in Canada. The company partners with farms in British Columbia who grow and pack the cherries, and rely on Global Fruit to do the marketing and exporting. With roughly 125 orchards, Global Fruit anticipates that 2021 will be the best year it has ever had. According to Janet, “We’re estimating some trees will (have) over 100 pounds of cherries. I think this year we’re going to have 17 – 20 million pounds of cherries to ship. New customers coming on board, if possible, I would recommend DeltaTrak.”
How are YOU helping? For 50 years, the Earth Day movement has inspired us to adopt more sustainable ways of living and doing business. On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day event was organized to draw attention to the effects of the previous 150 years of industrial and technological advancement. Air and water pollution from “oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways” had taken a serious toll on human health.
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