What Happened to the Supply Chain?

Over the last year and a half, significant challenges have arisen in maintaining a robust and reliable supply chain for both businesses and consumers. This past week, news channels spotlighted the problems that continue to plague businesses in all sectors. The White House has created a task force including the secretaries of commerce, transportation, and agriculture to address the issues. From paper products to semiconductors, food products to transportation services, companies are struggling to keep up with increasing demand.

Another sector that has been experiencing severe supply chain issues is the plastics industry. Plastic resins are an integral part of the economy. Plastic is used in countless products and product packaging and are vital to multiple industries. Pandemic-related plant shutdowns, ocean shipping delays, and harsh winter storms wreaked havoc on the industry. With plastic resin shortages now predicted to last until the summer, it is essential that businesses utilize suppliers that can successfully maneuver the bottlenecks, backlogs, and raw material shortfalls that negatively impact the supply chain.

The health crisis highlighted weaknesses in the way modern supply chains operate, and it is vital for companies to take additional measures to ensure material availability during difficult times.

Businesses are now diversifying their acquisition of products and formulating new ways to monitor supply partners. Shipping companies are also adjusting to accommodate backlogs. However, the current shortage of labor in the American workforce must also be overcome to successfully address supply chain issues. Lack of truck drivers, warehouse workers, and other employment sectors will hamper some of the efforts to make the corrective changes needed to address product availability on a wholesale and retail level.

For over 85 years, Imperial Dade has been a leading supplier of foodservice packaging and facilities maintenance supplies and equipment. Over the decades, our team has overcome the challenges that arise when the supply chain is compromised. We have dealt with shortages caused by wars, natural disasters, and other crisis-level events. By maintaining strong business partnerships with hundreds of manufacturers, the dedicated procurement and logistics experts on our team have been able to respond to shortages and shipping disruptions.

Imperial Dade prides itself on being able to meet the ever-changing demands of our customers. Our sales consultants work closely with customers to identify product options and alternatives that will meet their needs. Through creative adjustments to our procurement practices, we’ve worked to reduce the challenges in obtaining foodservice packaging, maintenance supplies, and PPE.

If your company requires supplies to meet the increased demands projected for this year, contact the experts at Imperial Dade. We are committed to providing a wide range of solutions to our customers, helping them overcome the challenges that may develop in the supply chain. To learn more about the many resources we have to offer, contact the Imperial Dade location near you.