Across the nation, industries are dealing with lingering supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, the White House announced that Walmart, Fed Ex and UPS will move to a 24/7 work model in some areas, said the Hill.
The White House senior administration officials said Tuesday that the three large delivery agencies will make “commitments towards moving to 24/7 working during off-peak hours,” at key ports in Southern California, according to NBC News.
Worker shortages and COVID-19 outbreaks have contributed to logistical backups at shipping ports, doubling the typical amount of time it takes for some products to reach the U.S. from Asia, said the outlet.
Leaders of the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, Calif., and the international Longshore and Warehouse Union are expected to meet with President Joe Biden to discuss congestion at the ports, as well as the proposed extended hours.
“The federal government will be a strong and willing partner in this effort in the near term but also in rebuilding a better system for the 21st century,” officials said. “We'll be working with stakeholders across the supply chain for a 90-day sprint to the end of the year to troubleshoot and alleviate many of the bottlenecks we can quickly address.”
Delays have plagued shipping ports for months and some retailers have chartered their own private cargo vessels in an attempt to circumvent bottlenecks ahead of the holiday shopping season, said NBC.
In June, the White House announced it would establish a task force to address supply chain issues. Still, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that consumers could continue seeing higher prices and product shortages through the rest of the year as a result of bottlenecks.
The White House task force, led by Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, will include “homebuilding and construction, semiconduct