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    Your take on shortages/supply chain disruptions?

    Are any of you experiencing shortages, and if so, for what? I can tell you that pet food is short in Phoenix and beef and chicken are going up, up, up. I'm trying to see the silver lining in this - perhaps more people will adopt vegetarianism (is that a word?) I can tell you.also that our shipments of produce have been late the past three weeks - I'm told it's supply chain disruptions plus lack of workers on the US side.

    I can also affirm that these issues go beyond US borders. Last week I had four days off - two of them were for Tucson and the Celebration of Life for my deceased friend. One was for Nogales, both sides. I dined one night in the restaurant of the Hotel Fray Marcos on the Mexican side and two chicken dishes I was interested in were not available due to the ingredients not being available.

    I'm thinking we might wish to reconsider just in time inventory/production methods? Just in time does not seem to work well with supply chain disruptions. Rob

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    Are you just now noticing this? I’ve been dealing with it for more than a year on the job.

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    Yeah, that is a topic on another thread. Right now I'm not seeing any shortages of anything I want or need, but who knows.
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    I haven’t experienced any problems. I ordered new appliances in April and they came on time. I just replaced my dishwasher and it did take Lowe’s a month to find a installer. Groceries have went up in price. I am going to replace my sliding glass door and windows and the delivery time has doubled from 8 to 16 weeks.

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    I am getting ready to order my Italian stove. 25-35 weeks lead time. I may change to a United States company, I don’t know. At least in that case I don’t have to worry about things sitting on container ships in harbors.


    I remember the last time I counted on the Italians for something critical was my dog’s medication, about year 2014.They were only distributing that medication to veterinary skin specialists, not general practitioners, because there was such a shortage. Fortunately, he was going to the local skin specialist but even then the supply was hit or miss. I had a bit of anxiety about it until bigger supplies kicked in. I could only envision the Italians in that Pharma company taking long wine infused lunch hours and kicking off work at 4 o’clock. Unkind and discriminatory, but that was my anxiety operating on my brain.

    But this stove situation is not making me anxious, it’s just kind of funny.
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    Rob, I posted this is another thread but suggest you read this very excellent article.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...g15xIVXkxNavdA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    Rob, I posted this is another thread but suggest you read this very excellent article.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...g15xIVXkxNavdA
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    I believe LDAHL was responsible for a temporary shortage of chicken thighs.

    Tradd: I couldn't read the article, hit a paywall.

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    My take is that it is ludicrous to be importing a majority of our goods from Asia in the first place. Did I really read close to eleven million containers in a year?

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    Pinkytoe, we, as in the US, gave up manufacturing decades ago when we converted to a more service economy. Entire factories were packed up and shipped overseas. All kinds of labor were and continue to be outsourced. Labor is so cheap and restrictions so few in other countries that higher profits can be earned even with shipment costs.

    Even Xrays can be shipped digitally overseas to be interpreted by "cheaper" employees.

    Look at what is happening to the auto industry with the recall of millions and millions of defective airbags produced overseas and the stagnation due to lack of computer chips. None of these issues can be fixed in any short period of time in an inexpensive manner.

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