NC Retailers, Truckers Say Labor Shortages are Root of Inflation, Supply-Chain Issues

NC Retailers, Truckers Say Labor Shortages are Root of Inflation, Supply-Chain Issues

North State Journal

November 17, 2021

Worker shortages – potentially fueled by a stock market near all-time highs – lie at the heart of supply chain kinks, state business leaders say. While the problems are national, North Carolina is faring better than other states. “We are experiencing the same things that you’re seeing nationwide; fortunately, our ports are not in the shape that California ports are in,” says Crystal Collins, President of the North Carolina Trucking Association. “That’s the one advantage that we have in North Carolina versus Georgia and California.” Trucking suffered a shortage of drivers prior to the pandemic, which only made matters worse. The industry has responded with more recruiting and higher pay. “I’m just appreciative that the general public has realized how essential trucking is to this country,” says Collings, noting that 87 percent of North Carolina communities depend solely on trucks to deliver consumer goods.

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