Retailers’ Holiday Inventory Is Safely on U.S. Shores

Jess Dankert, vice president, supply chain at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, issued the following statement on the developing situation in the Red Sea/Suez Canal which has led most major ocean carries to reroute ships away from the Suez Canal: 

“Shoppers who still have gifts to buy on their holiday lists don’t need to panic by headlines coming out of Suez Canal. Inventory for the holidays has been on U.S. soil for months and products will be on shelves for last minute buyers.  

“The escalating security situation in the Suez Canal is being monitored closely by leading retailers, and we appreciate the Biden administration’s swift response in announcing Operation Prosperity Guardian, a multinational response to recent attacks on vessels in the Red Sea.  

“Global freedom of navigation is paramount to keep retail supply chains moving efficiently. Rerouting ships away from the Suez Canal results in uncertainty and disruption for retailers and other shippers. This will not impact holiday inventory, but it could disrupt supply chains next year depending upon how long shippers lack safe access to the Suez Canal. Retailers are paying close attention to the situation and flexing their highly developed response capabilities to mitigate any disruptions and extra time that will need to be added to shipping schedules due to this developing situation.”  
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