IT: ⛴ Shipping delays, and... Is it time to rethink Thanksgiving?
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What’s the holdup?
This is a complicated question that involves a compounding of pretty much every piece of the supply chain--labor shortages, backlogged ports, increased demand, and an outdated shipping system in the U.S.
- Significant delays began last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts are still ongoing.
- During the pandemic, people shifted their consumption patterns from events and outings to physical goods. Increased demand has shipping traffic up 50% from pre-pandemic levels at the Port of Los Angeles, which handles 40% of U.S. imports.
- Ports are also dealing with major backlogs. Labor shortages are a big part of the problem, both at the ports and in the trucking industry, which is estimated to be short 80,000 drivers. Employee burnout and poor treatment, COVID-related deaths and outbreaks, and simply too much demand are all contributors.
- The executive director of the Port of Los Angeles says the U.S. is “decades behind” other international ports. A lack of information sharing and transparency throughout the supply chain, equipment shortages, and an industry-standard of just-in-time manufacturing make the U.S. particularly vulnerable to big shifts.
Native American Heritage Day
While enjoying some overpriced turkey last Thursday (read our coverage of Thanksgiving Dinner inflation here), you may have wondered about that first feast between Pilgrims and Native Americans.
Thanksgiving’s origins are often remembered as a harmonious feast between the Native Wampanoag and Mayflower pilgrims in 1621. However, historians have found that the circumstances weren’t initially peaceful, and alliances didn’t last long.
What both preceded and followed the “First Thanksgiving” would be decades of some of the worst crimes against humanity: the killing of an estimated 90% of the Native populations in the Americas.
Native American Heritage Day (NAHD) was designated for the day after Thanksgiving to raise awareness of the true historical legacy of the national holiday, as well as celebrate Native American culture and highlight present-day issues.
Though NAHD has passed, it's never too late to learn about America's first people:
- Read about Native American Heritage Day here.
- Check out our Native Americans Explainer Video: Facts, Regions, & Tribes.
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