Buttigieg takes victory lap in supply chain crisis as grocery shelves empty

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been hailed as the man who ‘saved Christmas’ on Tuesday for his handling of the supply chain crisis as Americans across the country shared photos of empty grocery shelves on social networks.

Speaking at a press conference at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, Buttigieg said that while the supply chain crisis will continue throughout the pandemic, he celebrated the transport of goods at Christmas.

“As long as the pandemic persists, as long as we catch up with decades of past divestment, we will see impacts on shipping times and costs,” Buttigieg said. “When there is a problem with the ports here, you will feel it as far away as my hometown of Indiana.

“These are not just gifts under the tree, but also essential goods like medical goods that are needed at this time of continuing public health challenge,” he added.

Buttigieg hailed shipping cargo during the Christmas season as “an extraordinary achievement,” noting that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach “handled 14% more containers than those handled in 2018 during of the same period “, according to the hill.

“One of the reasons Christmas has not actually been canceled is that ports like LA and Long Beach have moved record levels or cargo, allowing all-time high for retail sales during the holiday season. “, did he declare.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti further hailed Buttigieg as “the man who saved Christmas”.

Photos across the country painted a much darker picture, showing empty grocery store shelves.

As CNBC noted, the supply chain crisis has severely affected major grocery chains, Albertsons, Kroger, and Walmart falling below inventory values.

Albertsons shares fell 9.75% to $ 28.79 at market close, after company detailed supply chain challenges and inflated costs it sees in its earnings call “CNBC said. “The drop in its inventory occurred even as the grocer raised his 2021 fiscal forecast. Kroger’s shares fell about 3%, while Walmart lost less than 1%.

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