New after-effect from COVID – logistics moves from cost of doing business to colossal headache

Access to shipping containers is one of the many logistics challenges that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of iStock/ronnachaipark

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As if COVID lockdowns and their implications for supply and demand were not challenging enough, every stage of the nonwovens supply chain from resin through end-customer is wrestling with a global ocean shipping crisis that is forcing many to make changes in how they do business – often at significant cost in terms of additional operating expenses and reduced customer satisfaction.

As one nonwovens executive put it, “The big, dominating concerns today are not with supply and demand, which are not bad and in some cases are very strong. The big worries and areas of uncertainty are with freight and COVID.”

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Source: International Fiber Journal

 

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