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FTC Orders Walmart, Amazon to Explain 'Sky-High Prices'

9 companies asked to turn over information on supply chain woes

(Newser) - Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger will have 45 days to answer to the Federal Trade Commission for their "empty shelves and sky-high prices." With the holiday shopping season now underway, the FTC has ordered nine large retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers including Procter & Gamble Co., Tyson Foods, Kraft Heinz...

Long-Awaited Words on Supply Chain: 'Worst Is Behind Us'

'Wall Street Journal' expects port backlogs to disappear in early 2022

(Newser) - Headlines about supply chain logjams have been prominent amid the pandemic, but now the Wall Street Journal offers a note of optimism. "Globally speaking, the worst is behind us," Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics tells the newspaper. The gist of the story is that issues that have led...

Better Open Up Your Wallet for That BLT

Bacon prices are the highest they've been in 4 decades

(Newser) - Not since the Reagan years will a side of bacon set you back as much as it does now. CNN reports that the price of the breakfast staple is the highest it's been in four decades when adjusted for inflation, with the average cost rising close to 30% over...

US to Invest $3B in Vaccine Supply Chain

White House says funding will help increase availability of vaccinations

(Newser) - In an attempt to increase the availability of coronavirus vaccines, the Biden administration announced Thursday a $3 billion investment in the supply chain. The money will help manufacturers add production lines and create jobs, said Jeff Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator. Past supply chain funding has bought vaccine manufacturing...

GM Will Idle Most Plants in North America

Chip shortage will force a slowdown of at least a week at almost all factories

(Newser) - Some GM trucks are being partially built and stored, and some just aren’t getting built at all. The chip shortage that has been affecting electronics of all sorts since the beginning of the year is affecting auto production again, with GM announcing that it will idle almost all of...

Milkshake Shortage Blamed On COVID, Brexit Issues

A shortage of truckers in the UK is snagging McDonald's supply chain

(Newser) - People in the UK can’t get a McDonald’s milkshake, and Brexit and COVID share the blame. The fast food joint isn’t the only restaurant suffering supply chain woes; just the latest. "Like most retailers, we are currently experiencing some supply chain issues, impacting the availability of...

Crack in Major Bridge Could Lead to Monthslong Shutdown

Closure of Memphis' Hernando DeSoto Bridge connecting Tenn. to Ark. is causing a big headache

(Newser) - A big crack in the steel framework of a bridge over the Mississippi River has led to the bridge's closure, throwing traffic and shipping into disarray for the indefinite future. On Tuesday, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which connects Memphis, Tenn., and West Memphis, Ark., was shut down for emergency...

Chick-fil-A's Sauce Shortage Is Real

Company posts a brief statement about it on its website

(Newser) - First toilet paper, then gas, now ... Chick-fil-A sauce? Apparently. The company is experiencing supply chain issues that have forced it to limit the number of sauces customers can get with their order. WTRF reports some customers were alerted via an email that detailed the temporary restrictions: 1 sauce per entree,...

Biden Signs Order to Boost Vital US Supply Chains

He says bipartisan talks were 'like the old days'

(Newser) - President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening US supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods—a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to...

Quake May Cause iPad Part Shortage

Toshiba shut down a flash memory facility

(Newser) - The earthquake that rocked Japan may also put a dent into Apple’s iPad supply, a financial analyst warned yesterday. Two key iPad 2 components—its super-thin battery and its flash memory—are manufactured in Japan, research firm HIS iSuppli noted. Toshiba, which makes the device’s flash memory, had...

Auto Suppliers Seek Their Own Bailout

Trade groups warn industry could collapse from bottom up as Big 3 troubles filter down

(Newser) - The auto industry is warning that it could collapse from the bottom up if the government doesn't immediately assist America's car parts suppliers, the Washington Post reports. Suppliers are struggling to use their unpaid billings to troubled automakers—usually 45 to 60 days behind deliveries—as collateral for operating loans,...

Afghan Unrest Idles Pakistani Truckers Supplying NATO

Attacks on Khyber Pass route have drivers demanding a pay increase

(Newser) - Last week’s attacks on American supply lines have Pakistani truck drivers refusing to drive into Afghanistan to resupply NATO troops, the Times of London reports. The route through the Khyber Pass was scheduled to reopen today, but the truckers union is holding out for a significant bump in pay....

Auto Suppliers Panic as Detroit Collapse Nears

Owed billions by GM and Chrysler, many near failure

(Newser) - The looming collapse of GM and Chrysler is sending shudders all the way down the supply chain, the New York Times reports. America's auto parts suppliers employ 600,000 people—more than twice as many as the Big Three automakers combined—but many suppliers are already stretched to the limit...

Bush Pledges More Troops for Afghanistan

Gates confident new administration will honor promise to NATO

(Newser) - The US will boost the number of its troops committed to NATO's effort in Afghanistan in 2009, President Bush told fellow alliance members at this week's summit, Reuters reports. Defense Secretary Robert Gates related the pledge to reporters as he left the Bucharest summit. He didn’t specify a figure,...

More US Troops Outfitting Themselves for Combat

With slow supply chain—and style—among concerns, market grows to $150M annually

(Newser) - US troops are increasingly augmenting their military-issue gear with higher-end commercial products to gain an extra edge—and look sharp, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The military has encouraged the trend, perhaps in response to the equipment shortages that have dogged the Iraq and Afghanistan war efforts, loosening procurement rules...

Heparin Supply Chain Shaky in China
Supply Chain Shaky in China

Heparin Supply Chain Shaky in China

Troubles could trace back to vulnerable raw materials

(Newser) - With at least four US patients dead and hundreds suffering complications from the blood-thinning drug heparin, the New York Times follows the supply chain back to Chinese slaughterhouses that deal with the pig intestines that provide raw material for the drug. Though companies say the chain is secure, the Times...

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