Supply Chain & Shipping Disruptions
It’s no secret that for the better part of the past year and a half, supply chains and shipping issues have severely disrupted what was already a somewhat sensitive network of manufacturing and shipping partners getting products form point A to B to C around the world.
And with new COVID-19 variants and how a number of nations are reacting to them, such as Delta and now Omicron, things, apparently, are not getting any better as of the moment.
According to a recent cnn.com report, "The pressures on global supply chains have not eased, and we do not expect them to any time soon," said Bob Biesterfeld, the CEO of C.H. Robinson, one of the world's largest logistics firms. Shipping companies expect the global crunch to continue, which is massively increasing the cost of moving cargo and could add to the upward pressure on consumer prices. "We currently expect the market situation only to ease in the first quarter of 2022 at the earliest," Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen said in a recent statement.
The U.S has also recently announced measures at major U.S. ports, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, to help break the bottleneck.
Global carriers, such as UPS, FedEx, and others are constrained in certain situations, as well, such as by government restrictions or other circumstances, including worker shortages.
According to the UPS website, “The unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic and related containment measures remain a fluid situation entirely outside of our control. We will continue to exercise all reasonable measures to mitigate impact to our customers' shipments.”
At CES+, customer care is our number one priority, and we are taking all of this into consideration and automating processes remotely when feasible to make shipping of parts, as well as travel for technicians, as infrequent and as unnecessary as possible.
“Some shipping and supply issues are completely out of our hands, and we are doing everything we possibly can to make working with our customers and completing our projects within budget and on schedule,” explained Alex Youger, CES+ CEO. “In many instances, CES+ is integrating CIELO technology into our customers’ operations. CIELO’s powerful platform increases technician productivity, enabling our customers to do a lot more with less and improve spare part management and expenses substantially.”
For now as we await the world in which we work and the partners we depend upon to get back to the timeframes we were used to pre-pandemic, the best option for all of us in the short term is being proactive and take into account known, and potentially unknown, issues. Think ahead and order parts in advance, when possible, when you believe they may be needed so there is not as much of an urgency when an issue does actually arise. That way we can work with you to ensure those parts are on hand for you before, or as shortly after as possible, you do really need it.
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