Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, offers risk mitigation strategies for supply chain leaders to ease current port congestion that include rerouting options, backup transportation options and alternative supplies.
“However, even with more lead time, route alternatives aren’t always the simple solution they appear to be, particularly in the U.S.,” said Handfield. “Smaller ports are too shallow for major vessels, shipping time can be too long through the deeper canals (e.g., the Panama Canal), and there might not be enough truckers to travel to alternative, remote ports.”
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