The new Christmas shopping season is just around the corner in the United States, but the collapse of the supply chain is plunging the country into crisis. As a result, hundreds of thousands of containers are backlogged at sea, causing severe congestion at ports. According to a Comprehensive report by reporter Han Mei from Voice of Hope on Oct. 23, 2021, the heavy dependence of the industrial chain on China is one of the root causes of the supply chain crisis.
The Washington Post reported on Oct. 22 that there are still two months before the shopping season, and ports are full of containers waiting to be unloaded. At the same time, as many as 4.3 million people resigned from their jobs in the United States in August.
As a result, some factories lack labor as well as raw materials.
Consumers are facing rising prices, shipping delays, and empty shelves.
The cost of each link in the supply chain has risen sharply. For example, toy Association President and CEO Steve Pasierb said that the cost of container transportation alone has soared by 5 to 8 times.
Cloud computing giant “Salesforce” predicts that U.S. retailers will face additional costs of up to $223 billion this shopping season.
Some analysts say that the supply chain crisis is related to many domestic factors, such as the sharp increase in consumer demand and labor shortages in the United States after the epidemic.
The hollowing out of the domestic manufacturing industry in the United States and the industrial chain’s heavy dependence on China are also some of the root causes.
In an interview with Fox News last week: “The root of the problem is that we have transferred a large number of manufacturing jobs to China over the past 30 years. Now, buy a piece of furniture, clothing, and shoes for your child. Or toys or even Christmas decorations from China are not easy.”