KHD Buzz – Trucker and Employee Shortages Continue to Slow Supply Chain, First Christmas Shopping Ads Hit and More

KHD Buzz – Trucker and Employee Shortages Continue to Slow Supply Chain, First Christmas Shopping Ads Hit and More

November 8, 2021 Off By Koehler Home Decor

Record Trucker Shortage Continues to Complicate Supply Chain

According to the American Trucking Associations, the U.S. trucker shortage — the lack of drivers needed to move goods through the supply chain — has climbed to roughly 80,000 this year, up from 61,500 last year. Many of the issues that truckers face are compensation-related. Drivers say that they are only paid by the mile, not by the amount of time they spend waiting for their cargo to be unloaded, and they want that to change. Read More.

Fines ‘Are Working’ in Attempt to Clear Ports Backlog

Fining ocean carriers for delays in transporting shipping containers out of terminals is starting to work, according to Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “We’ve tried diplomacy,
We’ve tried collaboration, operations meetings, and everything else, but nothing has worked yet,” he said. “This is a last resort that I didn’t want to have to use, but we’re seeing some progress.” Read More

Facebook is Ending Facial Recognition ‘Project’

Facebook has announced that its facial recognition system will be turned off in the coming weeks. When photographs and videos are submitted on the social networking site, members who have opted in will no longer be automatically recognized. “We need to balance the great use cases for facial recognition against growing societal issues,” said Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Meta, formerly Facebook. Read More

Amazon Blames Worker Shortage for Same Day Delivery Delays

According to them, due to a shortage of warehouse workers and drivers,’s capacity to make next-day delivery is being hindered in many parts of the United States. “On the one-day-promise front, we have unfinished business. Before the pandemic, we were building that up nicely in 2019 and the first quarter of 2020,” said Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky. “We haven’t yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels.” Read More

UK John Lewis Christmas Ad Signals Holiday Shopping Season Kick-Off

As they don’t do Thanksgiving (but do now hold Black Friday sales) UK retailers usually kick off the Christmas holiday shopping season earlier than the US. In the UK, the John Lewis Christmas ad is usually the signal that holiday shopping has begun, and also usually offers a memorable, emotional message. This year is no exception, featuring an alien girl taught about the magic of Christmas by her new Earthling friend:

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