Averting a Repeat Supply Chain Disruption at West Coast Ports

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Re: did not hear about it
WaqasAltaf   9/30/2014 10:00:30 PM


" In most of the cases the contract renew happens well in advance."

Well in case of continuing service, it often happens that formal renewal of contracts gets delayed sometimes specially in the case where there is an understanding between vendor and the client.

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Mexico and Canada are open are'nt they?
tech4people   9/30/2014 3:52:29 PM


Given that most Cargo that comes to the West Coast comes from Asia(especially East Asia ) Today;it could very easily be routed via ports in Canada and Mexico today.

From there it will have to enter America via Rail and/or Road.

I have a feeling that if the Union do push for  a strike ;they will be the Ultimate Losers as all that traffic gets routed elsewhere (some of it may move away permanently too).

Lets face it when all those Rail-Road Cars are going back inland into America they usually run Filled with Merchandise or are Empty.

In every Crisis there is an Equal and Greater Oppurtunity.

This is time to find out who stands where exactly.

I don't think Air Frieght is the solution for all Businesses in today's weak economy.

You can't afford to pass through extra costs in today's economy.

It will kill your Business decisively.



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Re: did not hear about it
tech4people   9/30/2014 3:44:28 PM


Usually such Things are delayed across the Supply Chain by 3-4 months (especially as Piled up Inventory gets cleared up).

Its true that even in todays time of JIT[Just in Time];We have many Organizations which have some degree of Inventory stored around.

That keeps them going in case of small emergencies.

This though is a big one!

A Really-Really Big one!


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did not hear about it
Himanshugupta   9/30/2014 11:54:14 AM

I have not heard about any such disruption from my management so do not know what counter plans can i work on. However, i was wondering how come the contract ended on July 1 and the disruption is happening now. In most of the cases the contract renew happens well in advance.

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