WASHINGTON, D.C.–Transportation Secretary and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says the White House has a duty of bringing together major players in the supply chain to get things running smoothly again.
“We have a role to play as an honest broker bringing together different players who sometimes surprisingly don’t always coordinate with one another. We had a meeting Wednesday morning with players ranging from the operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to retailers like Walmart,” said Buttigieg.
In the short term, they’ve done things like work to get the Port of Los Angeles open 24 hours to keep products moving.
“Remember when you see something like the image of a ship offshore waiting at anchor in the ports of LA and Long Beach, that means there is a lot more going on than issues just with the ship. By definition, the ship is there. How do you get it cleaned up? Clearing up the dock space,” said Buttigieg.
Buttigieg says there is even more demand than the supply chain can support.
President Biden said that Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, had committed to a 50% increase in moving goods during off-peak hours. The President said FedEx and UPS will also increase their overnight operations.
The President has acknowledged growing concerns about the upcoming holiday gift-buying season. He also argued the nation must start making “more things in America” to reduce reliance on the global supply chain.
A shortage of truck drivers has added to the supply chain constraints, making the delivery of goods to consumers even more costly and slow.