I’m going to take my trucker genius and my prepper mindset and help you understand what’s going on with our supply chain disruptions and what we need to do about it.
Everyone’s hearing about the global supply chain disruptions but few people understand exactly what that means or why it’s happening. This article will help you make sense of the supply chain shortages and what’s causing them.
In this article, I’m going to share my opinion. It’s an op-ed, not my regular type of post here on Next Step Survival but it is a survival topic. I’m not an expert but I feel like I’m just as Smaut as them folks with that label.
Expect to be enlightened!
The great majority of people have no idea how vulnerable their world’s supply chain actually is.
Of course, we have all witnessed the chaos that ensues when a significant retailer gets hacked, or an airline inexplicably cancels flights. This ain’t that.
Still, it isn’t until something goes wrong that most people begin to consider just how complex and fragile our modern world’s logistics really are. Yes, Todd, I mean toilet paper. L😆L
Supply Chain Weaknesses
America’s supply chain is highly fragile. In fact, the world’s supply chain is just as delicate because it’s all interconnected.
Can a single event disrupt the shipment of goods across the country and around the world, leading to shortages of everything from food staples to electronics? Not something like a covid. It would need to be much bigger.
Unless it was orchestrated and the system itself was held together by hope and lies. So yes, the supply chain is weak enough that the whole house of cards can drop to its master’s knees.
For decades, many experts have known that the JIT (Just In Time) inventory system was a dangerous game to play. Large manufacturing plants understand the danger in JIT product deliveries, but the cost savings outweigh the risks.
In hindsight, it looks like the risks were underestimated. Few people realized the dangers it posed to the entire world’s supply chain as a whole.
So what is the supply chain exactly?
Supply Chain In A Nutshell
The boring definition of the Supply Chain: A supply chain is a network of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in producing and delivering products or services from raw materials to customers. 🥱
Hi, I’m Brian D. Hawkins, and I like to tell stories. Hey, I know; let me tell you a story I’ve been telling for years. You know, the whole trucker genius thing I have going.
This will be fun.
I’m sitting here in my living room looking at a lamp. It’s a decent lamp (Aff link) that probably cost $60.00 when I bought it.
That cheap lamp, which, again, only cost $60, is a miracle of modern-day manufacturing and logistics. It has dozens of parts expertly built and assembled by workers from around the world. Hey, China are people too.
Anyway, it goes far deeper than that. Let’s not forget the paint on those parts. Deeper? Okay, the ingredients (pigments and other chemicals) for the paint that covered those parts. And don’t forget the metal-making processes and those components. Oh man, the ore that was mined? It’s getting crazy, am I right?
What about electronics? There must have been circuit boards, wiring, and switches to make those multi-function LED lamps do the cool things they do. OMG, chips? Did someone say chips? And, yes, someone, somewhere, built the LEDs themselves, right?
And, wow, take a breath, Brian.
They were all shipped to the assembly plant. But wait, there’s even more. Before they were shipped, many items had to be wrapped in plastic, boxed, labeled, and loaded.
That last tiny detail involved petroleum products, sucked from the ground, processed, and shipped to the various plants making the things that cover and contain the other things. Keeping up?
The boxes and labels need to be printed, so we need, yes, ink. Now, there’s more magic we don’t see. The making of ink. The ingredients of ink that magically combines into a liquid concoction that will stain your clothes and print important information on labels and packaging.
We could get crazy and get into the making of the trucks, ships, containers, conveyors, forklifts, machines, toilets, and other things needed to make everything. Just so you can get a lamp delivered to your house within two days for under a hundred dollars. They were so cheap, in fact, I bought two.
So there you have it, the supply chain.
Causes Of The Global Supply Chain Disruption
Break any one of the links, you get delays. Break several, and you have a global crisis that becomes a global supply chain disruption of everything from cars to bacon, and when you can get it, it costs more.
Put simply, our current supply chain disruption is a huge bottleneck of logistics, combined with a little consumer panic and amplified by government restrictions.
The factors lending to our supply chain disruption, shortages, and price increases are complicated and multi-fold but all interconnected.
An already fragile global logistics system was hit by these covid-related issues early on:
Trade tensions (war)
Worldwide economy lockdowns
Here are many of the factors we’re still dealing with right now:
Trade tensions (Still going on)
Labor shortages (People still not working)
Shipping container shortages
Skyrocketing shipping rates
More government restrictions
Lack of warehouse capacity
The Government’s Supply Chain Disruption Response
Don’t worry, you’re government is here to help. 😱 Never mind that it was those geniuses that shut everything down and are now posing all but impossible vaccine requirements on private business.
In my opinion, much of this is either being orchestrated or at the very least, used as a tool to forward the climate change agenda. More on that later? We’ll see.
It’s The People, Stupid
Since I was a little boy (several thousand fast-food visits ago), you could get a cheap and unhealthy meal on almost every corner. Later, as competition and buyer habits evolved, many of those fast-food joints moved to a 24/7 model. At least the drive-through.
Today? I’m amazed that you can drive by (The best thing to do with a fast-food restaurant), and the line is wrapped around the building at any given time.
Are Americans THAT addicted to a BigMac all of a sudden?
Where are they even getting the money?
I mean, they don’t seem to be working.
Well, I have a theory. Of course, I could be wrong, but I’ll share it anyway since this is an op-ed piece. I invite you to correct me in the comment section below.
When that McDonald’s restaurant was staffed with ten highly trained and success-oriented workers 🤣 only two years ago, today, only five of them showed up for work.
And since most people are unemployed sheep with nothing better to do, they’re willing to sit in the drive-through twice as long as before as long as they can cry about it in real-time on social media.
But wait, there’s more. It’s the norm now (I refuse to say, “New Norm”) to see that McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or Subway restaurants shut down in the middle of the day with a sign saying they’re having staffing issues.
The same issue, right? Not enough people are willing to do the job.
At first, we thought it was only the stupid government giving stolen money to people for not working.
By the way, Trump thumpers, yes, you can thank that guy for starting that – but I want to avoid politics, so I won’t even bring that up.
And it was. The government gave people money to stay home and become more dependant on and more thankful for more and more socialist programs. After all, we had 15-days to flatten the curve and all.
But the flow of unemployment cash has pretty much stopped, right? So why aren’t the people going back to work?
Ooh Ooh, Mr. Koter, I Got It!
First, you created a monster that refuses to get back into its cage. Second, it’s complicated. I mean orchestrated. I mean complicatedly orchestrated.
Do you remember earlier this year when Texas got a little cold and experienced a little ice and snow? And the state almost collapsed? Okay, but the power went out for a lot of people. Do you remember that?
Well, influential people who know things said that if it had been just a bit worse, the grid wouldn’t have come back up so easily. It may have been out for months. Can you imagine that? Every prepper can. Sorry, I almost forgot who my audience was. 😉
When you start kicking around cash and spreading fear to the sheep, grid-down Texas-style, and allow it to fester for months and months, you get a lot of changes in perspective.
In other words, it went on long enough that it went from being an idea to a way of life for many people. Just as the power outage almost did in Texas. Exactly what the government wants, by the way. Don’t fall for all the rhetoric in the news and soundbites.
Wow, Story Time Already?
Around twenty years ago, I was driving a truck in Detriot on a residential street. I probably wasn’t supposed to have a tractor-trailer on that road, but I needed to pull off and check something in my trailer.
I don’t remember the issue, but when I got out of my truck, a couple of guys were sitting on a front porch, drinking forties.
Stop! Don’t go getting triggered. That ain’t a racist statement. That’s what actually happened. I write in real life, just the way I live. Click here if that bothers you.
Anyway, I’ll never forget what one of those men said to me. He said, as clear as day, “Man, it’s a shame you have to work every day.”
Well, that’s not an issue of someone not willing to work. That’s an issue of generations of people being indoctrinated into a socialistic belief system.
Nothing has changed. Covid just kicked it up a notch. We have a government willing to destroy its own country and your freedom to obtain more power. Kind of a re-set?
It’s Not Just Local Supply Chain Disruptions, It’s Global
Without getting into the WHO and World Economics Forum, Agenda 2030, The Great Reset, and on and on, just understand it’s not happening to us. It’s being done to us.
Our Next Steps
I’m all about what steps to take. Here’s my advice:
Understand what the real issues are and who’s doing what TO you.
Then, resist without dying. Don’t be one of those behind bars and their lives ruined because they THOUGHT they were falling on their swords. In reality, they were pawns to be made examples of.
We’re preppers here, trying to survive. Remember?
Then, resist some more and teach others that it’s alright to do the same.
Next, prepare for the supply chain to continue to fall apart. I don’t think we’re in for a complete collapse, at least not in most countries, but you don’t know what’s going to be on the shelves and for how long. So get prepared and prep like never before.
Next, don’t let any of this steal your joy. Seriously, my mother used to say, “Everything is temporary.” This is no exception.
Even if nothing goes back to the way it was, you’ll still have tomorrow until you don’t. So enjoy today, tomorrow, and the next, and stop worrying about what you can’t change.
Preppers prep because they understand that sitting around worrying about stuff is pointless. You get the weight off your chest when you have food security.
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