Navigating Retail Supply Chain Challenges

 

Retail supply chains are under tremendous strain, due to an extraordinary confluence of circumstances: enormous demand, soaring costs to ship freight, constrained capacity and equipment shortages, systemic challenges of existing transportation networks, and bottlenecks at ports.

Leading retailers are applying all their logistics, distribution and fulfillment resources and workforces to ensure products keep moving to store shelves and customers’ doorsteps ahead of the holiday season.

Tackling the Problem

Recent action by the Biden administration to address some of the bottlenecks causing congestion in the supply chain is welcomed, but long-term reforms and new investments are also needed to end the cycle of systemic issues and port congestion that burdens America’s retailers and all those that depend on secure and predictable supply chains. These priorities include:

  • Invest & Modernize Transportation Infrastructure: Leverage the input of major infrastructure users, including leading retailers, to help target investment from the bipartisan infrastructure deal for maximum impact.
  • Strengthen Oversight of Ocean Shipping Industry: The Administration and Congress must bolster the Federal Maritime Commission’s work providing oversight of foreign-owned ocean carriers, carrier alliances, and terminal operators—sending the message that fair and open supply chains are essential to U.S. businesses and the American economy.
  • Fortify Supply Chain Data Infrastructure: Consistent data and metrics, along with interoperable data standards, are essential to enable the reliability and end-to-end visibility required by today’s light-speed supply chains.
  • Remove Barriers to Trucking: To restore capacity, the trucking industry needs over 80,000 drivers, and government policies must enable a pipeline of new drivers, as well as more efficient goods movement from reevaluating size & weight restrictions.

We continue to work together with our retail members, policymakers, and supply chain stakeholders to help the industry navigate these significant challenges and meet the needs of families and communities.

Top retail supply chain teams will be there — will you?

LINK2022: The Retail Supply Chain Conference

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Supply Chain Committees

The Retail industry Leaders Association supply chain committees is where industry leaders come together to confront today's challenges, explore new solutions, and shape the industry's future. RILA gathers top executives in retail supply chain to network and learn from each other through case studies, best practices, and expert thought leadership. Together we are committed to helping the retail supply chain community adapt with knowledge and innovative solutions.

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In the News

“All of our retailers are again collaborating with their suppliers with their carriers and logistic service providers to find ways to flex those supply chains and reroute around particular areas of disruption.”

Jess Dankert
  • Vice President, Supply Chain
  • RILA
  • Washington, DC

A Deeper Look into Supply Chain Challenges

Transportation and Infrastructure

Transportation and Infrastructure

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Securing and Growing the Retail Supply Chain

Securing and Growing the Retail Supply Chain

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Supporting Free Markets and Fostering Innovation

Supporting Free Markets and Fostering Innovation

When policies are fair and allow retailers to compete, customers, communities, and workers all benefit.

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The supply chain is no longer a straight line. Are you ready?

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