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What Do Consumers Buy During The Age Of COVID-19?

REUTERS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 What’s in the containers these days? What are consumers buying? Lots of coffee, ketchup and Nike Air Max. Expensive raincoats? Not so much. (Reuters) – Instant coffee, ketchup, Lululemon yoga pants and Nike Air Max sneakers are all in. Bottled water, pricey diapers and Burberry luxury trench coats are out. Welcome to America’s pandemic consumer economy. …

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SUPPLY CHAIN: Europe Finds It’s Not So Easy to Say Goodbye to Low-Cost China

Container ship

BLOOMBERG, JUNE 30, 2020 EU seeks ‘strategic autonomy’ after pandemic exposed risks | Germany is also working on its own supply-chain strategy By Flavia Rotondi, Piotr Skolimowski, Jeannette Neumann, and Joao Lima for Bloomberg European leaders talk of shortening supply chains and curbing China’s “Belt and Road” plan. But on the ground in Italy, Gimmi Baldinini says his designer footwear company is in no …

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40% of Americans now won’t buy Made-in-China products – FTI Consulting Poll

Fabric. Bar code. Chinese flag. Made in China text

BLOOMBERG, MAY 20, 2020 FTI’s survey from last week showed 86% of respondents say the U.S. relies too heavily on foreign supply chains. By Brendan Murray for Bloomberg – It’s not quite a new Cold War yet. Just the cold shoulder. Some 40% of Americans said they won’t buy products from China, according to a survey of 1,012 adults conducted May 12-14 by Washington-based FTI …

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Future of Factories Is More Robots and More Mexico – Bloomberg

Automotive factory robots building car. Sparks.

BLOOMBERG, MAY 16, 2020 Whatever supply-chain upheaval comes from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s unlikely to lead to more U.S. manufacturing jobs.  By Brooke Sutherland for Bloomberg – The coronavirus pandemic is likely to spur a bigger revival of manufacturing in North America than the multiyear U.S.-China trade war ever would have on its own. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to translate into much in the …

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Supply: Why Chicken Is Plentiful During the Pandemic and Beef Is Not

Cow and a chicken in a boxing ring

BLOOMBERG, MAY 11, 2020 Poultry production has long been the most industrialized of U.S. agricultural operations. By Justin Fox for Bloomberg – Beef and pork have been pricey and, at times, scarce in the U.S. this spring amid outbreaks of the corona­virus at slaughterhouses around the country. Chicken has remained widely available and cheap. Why the difference? One reason is that most slaughtering of chickens, unlike …

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SUPPLY: American Meat Workers Are Starting to Quit With Plants Reopening

Meat packing line. Hardhats. Beef.

BLOOMBERG, MAY 6, 2020 Unions say employees are scared, more protective gear needed | Companies restart operations following wave of shutdowns | Absenteeism running as high as 30% By Jen Skerritt and Lydia Mulvany for Bloomberg – America’s meat-processing plants are starting to reopen, but not all workers are showing up. Some still fear they’ll get sick after coronavirus outbreaks shut more than …

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SUPPLY: 18% of Wendy’s now out of beef. McD’s talks smack but where’s the beef from?


PortandTerminal.com, May 5, 2020 Burger chains are supposed to have burgers, but that’s no longer a guarantee as coronavirus infections shut-down meat processing factories across North America. DUBLIN, OH – CNN is reporting that around 1,000, or 18%, of Wendy’s 5,500 US restaurants are not serving any hamburgers or other meat-based items, according to an analysis of online menus at every …

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US in talks with India, other ‘friends’ to restructure global supply chains: Pompeo

Workers are seen on a production line manufacturing masks at a factory in Shanghai, China, Jan. 31, 2020.

PortandTerminal.com, April 30, 2020 WASHINGTON – The US is in talks with its “friends”, including India, for restructuring the global supply chains, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, as he praised New Delhi for lifting the export ban on critical medical supplies to combat the global coronavirus pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected over 3,224,079 people and claimed more …

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Dept of Defense needs Mexico to reopen its factories. What if they say “no”?

Black Hawk helicopter

PortandTerminal.com, April 21, 2020 The American Government hasn’t been making many friends in Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic. Now it appears as if the Department of Defense needs a favor from Mexico. WASHINGTON – Many U.S. defense firms, particularly aircraft manufacturers, rely on Mexican suppliers, many of whom have closed or slowed operations during the pandemic. That’s according to an article published …

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Canadian province has just 5 days of food left as COVID-19 hammers key shipping line

Container ship arriving at the Narrows in Newfoundland

PortandTerminal.com, April 14, 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Premier is warning that the island has just a five-day supply of food and that losing Oceanex shipping line’s services could lead to critical shortages. ST. JOHNS, NEWFOUNDLAND – Increasingly, there are growing concerns around the world that the supply chain is straining under the pandemic, breaking down in places and creating the potential …

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