Independence Day and the supply chain

Wishing a safe and happy July 4 for everyone, CJ Logistics America thanks the members of our warehouse and transportation teams who are keeping the supply chain moving this holiday weekend to deliver food and CPG products for businesses and consumers.

Supply chain issues are impacting Independence Day celebrations again this year. According to an American Farm Bureau Federation survey, the average cost of a typical July 4 cookout for 10 people – cheeseburgers, pork chops, chicken breasts, homemade potato salad, strawberries and ice cream – will be $69.68, up 17% from last year. The increase is attributed to supply chain disruptions, inflation and the war in Ukraine.

Factors including overseas shipping, congestion at US ports, transportation in the US, rising insurance costs and labor shortages are leading to cancellations of fireworks displays in some areas, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. While there isn’t the shortage of fireworks seen in the last two years, the cost of the product is up this year, due to increases in transportation and shipping costs plus increased costs for raw materials, insurance and labor.

As the supply chain industry and our customers are continuing to experience unique challenges, creating significant cost and service sensitivities, at CJ Logistics America we are collaborating closely with customers to accelerate continuous improvement and innovation.

CJ Logistics America specializes in providing holistic, large-scale warehousing and transportation solutions for customers in regulated industries such as food and beverage, healthcare and medical supplies, tire and automotive, and consumer packaged goods.

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