Managers of US ports, delivery companies and retail stores have agreed to do more to address bottlenecks in the global supply chain. The pandemic has driven shortages of some goods, for companies and consumers.
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the goal is not only to get through the immediate bottleneck but to address longstanding weaknesses in the supply chain.
The California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle 40 percent of all shipping containers that enter the US. But heavy traffic has forced some ships to wait out at sea. Port managers have agreed to operate them around the clock, all week long.
Managers at delivery companies FedEx and UPS and retailers including Walmart will move more packages during the night. But they have struggled to find enough workers.
White House officials have warned Americans that the bottlenecks could lead to empty shelves and higher prices as the holiday season approaches.