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California Polytechnic State University faculty discusses agri chain supply issues of the Golden State

According to Cal Poly professors, the agricultural chain supply is facing a lot of issues right now. Supply chain issues that began with the pandemic continue to block the movement of California agricultural goods as farmers and exporters face packed warehouses and dwindling cash flow.

Tree nuts, fresh produce, dairy products and more are struggling to access containers, chassis and marine terminal appointments and find available space on vessels. Ocean carriers sent to drop off imports and return to Asia with delivered food are often returning with empty containers, not export-laden containers filled with U.S. agricultural commodities.

Chris Carr, Cal Poly professor of Business Law and Public Policy: "… Americans continue to buy so many products via eCommerce that are made in Asia. That has made it difficult for our producers of products in America to find reliable and affordable ways to use those ships to deliver their product back to Asia when they go back and pick up the load."

Professors said their research concludes that the internet and digital technologies can help facilitate information sharing and logistics synchronization between trading partners and service providers. If done correctly, companies that embrace this approach can achieve better supply chain integration and minimize operating costs – according to the professors.



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