“If the private sector doesn’t step up, we’re going to summon them and ask them to act,” says Biden.
President Biden praised Walmart, FedEx and UPS for committing to transporting more products during off-peak hours, and urged others in the private sector to “step forward as well” to help alleviate supply chain problems that affect the United States.
“Today, Walmart, the largest retailer in our country, is committed to moving its products 24 hours a day from ports to its stores throughout the country. Specifically, Walmart is committed to increasing the use of up to 50% off-peak hours for the next several weeks, “Biden said.
“FedEx and UPS are the carriers for some of the largest stores in our country, but they also ship to tens of thousands of small businesses throughout the United States. Their commitment to operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week means businesses of all sizes will have their products on the shelves faster and more reliably, “Biden said of his commitments.
Biden also highlighted Target, Home Depot and Samsung’s commitment to “intensify their activities to utilize off-peak hours at ports.”
“Their commitment to operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week means that companies of all sizes will have their products on the shelves faster and more reliably,” said Biden.
Biden hinted that federal action could be appealed if private companies “don’t step up.”
“I want to be clear, this is a cross-cutting commitment to go into (an operation) 24/7, this is a great first step to accelerate the movement of materials and goods through our supply chain, but now we need the rest of the private sector chain also takes a step forward, “warned Biden. “This is not called a supply chain in vain.”
“Strengthening our supply chain will continue to be the goal of my team,” he added. “If federal support is needed, I will direct all appropriate actions. Now if the private sector does not step up, we are going to summon them and ask them to act, because our goal is not only to overcome this immediate bottleneck, but to address the long-standing weaknesses in our transportation supply chain that this pandemic has exposed. “