Supply-Chain Problems Show Signs of Easing
Asian output is coming back and some bottlenecks are clearing, but labor shortages could persist into next year
By Stella Yifan Xie, Jon Emont and Alistair MacDonald, The Wall Street Journal
Nov. 21, 2021
Global supply-chain woes are beginning to recede, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives say that they donít expect a return to more-normal operations until next year and that cargo will continue to be delayed if Covid-19 outbreaks disrupt key distribution hubs.
In Asia, Covid-related factory closures, energy shortages and port-capacity limits have eased in recent weeks. In the U.S., major retailers say they have imported most of what they need for the holidays. Ocean freight rates have retreated from record levels...
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