Trucker Shortage And COVID Main Reason For Supply Chain Crisis
When things don't go right, it's human nature to look for someone or something to blame. The supply chain crisis is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is the private sector and global businesses, corporations, and industries are ordering and buying like made. The curse is the coronavirus pandemic. In the United States alone, more than 720,000 people have died COVID-19 in one year and we have more than 44.9 million Americans who have currently have the virus. Tragically more will perish or get sick, until we can find a way to work together and to stop this pandemic once and for all. Globally, the coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 4.9 million people. This speaks to the heart of why there are worker shortages around the world.
The truth is, there is more than one factor that got us to a global supply chain crisis. The pandemic is the #1 reason. A lot of America's products and supplies, for example, comes from China and a few other nations and international ports. Though America did not completely shut down and was among the first to open up during the pandemic, other nations did not open near as fast. The effect that the pandemic shutdown had on production, manufacturing, shipping & handling, and exporting around the globe has been horrendous. America is not the only country dealing with (#2) worker shortages. There is a massive shortage of workers in every industry facet worldwide. This directly affects manufacturing, production, transporting, shipping, and delivery around the world. COVID is the common denominator in every case. Low wages can also be factored into this issue too.
Hundreds of thousands, even millions of deaths have occurred in one year. People are still working from home, especially those with compromised immune disabilities too. The final factor causing a burden in bottlenecking is the (#3) COVID mandates aimed at getting folks back to work and ending the pandemic. Some workers are refusing to comply and because of this not allowed to return to work or have left their jobs, which has only further impacted a dire situation.
According to analysts, the greatest impact of America's worker shortages is the lack of truck drivers, the workers importing and distributing the goods. This, by the way, was a problem that existed prior to the COVID pandemic and has only gotten worse since then. The commerce sector, transportation drivers, shipping & receiving, and port operators are causing serious disruptions in the United States supply chain.