How Pallet Return Delays Ripple Through Supply Chains

March 17, 2022

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By Joe Dagnese

One of the outcomes of the past two years operating under the pandemic has been a dramatic increase in retailers and manufacturers pushing up all types of inventories. The reason: to hedge against supply chain disruptions – like port congestion – that can cause stockouts and delay the availability of goods to consumers.

Add to that the dramatic surge in online buying. Ecommerce has produced millions of smaller, more frequent shipments going directly to consumers’ homes, while more, smaller warehouses are being sited closer to end users to speed delivery of more goods over the last mile.  

In response, businesses have shifted away from traditional “just-in-time” supply chain strategies, which emphasize minimal levels of inventory and safety stock. Building up inventories i ....

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