tv Pres. Biden Addresses Supply Chain Issues CSPAN October 13, 2021 8:02pm-8:21pm EDT
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>> please sit down thank you. good afternoon everyone. i know you are hearing a lot about something called supply chain and how hard it is to get a range of things from a toaster comment to sneakers, to bicycles, bedroom furniture. and that is why back in february, i signed a piece of legislation, an executive order on supply chain and we had to move on it. with the holidays coming up you're wondering if the gifts you plan to buy will arrive on time. we'll let me explain. supply chain essentially means how we make things and how materials impart get delivered to a factory so we can
manufacture things. and manufacture them here. how we move things. how a finished product moves from factory, to store, to your home. and today we have an important announcement that will get things you buy it to you come to the shelves faster. i am joined by the executive director of the ports of los angeles and long beach. >> i apologize. and the president of international sherman's union willie adams. los angeles and long beach are home to two of the largest ports in america. together these ports are among the largest in the world. the best way to make that point is a 40%, 40% of shipping containers that we import into this country comes through these two ports. today we have some good news
and help speed up the delivery of goods all across america. with other major union retailers and the port of los angeles announced today is going to begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. this follows the long beach commitment of 24/7 they announced weeks ago. 24/7 system, what most of the leading countries in the world already operated on now accept us until now. removing the entire freight, transportation and logistical supply chain nationwide with a 24/7 system. here's why it matters. traditionally reports have only been open during the week monday through friday the generally closed down on nights and weekends thereby staying open seven days a week
to the night and on the weekends, a port of los angeles will open over 60 extra hours a week it will be open. in total, that will almost double the number of hours that the port is open for business from earlier this year. that means an increase in hours for workers to be moving cargo off ships onto trucks and rail cards to get to their destination. for more than that the night hours are critical for increasing movement of goods because highways are less crowded in the evening, at night. off-peak hours in los angeles cargo leaves the port at a 25% faster pace than during the day shift. so by increasing the number of late-night hours of operation and opening up for less crowded hours when goods can move faster, today's announcement has the potential to be a game changer. i say potential because all these goods will move by
themselves. for the positive impact to be felt all across the country we need major retailers who order the goods and the freight movers who take the goods from the ships to factories and to stores to step up as well. these private sector companies are the ones that have hired the trucks and rail cards and move the goods. on this score we have some good news to report as well. today, walmart, our nation's largest retailer is committing to go all in on moving its products 24/7 from the ports of their stores nationwide. specifically, walmart is committing as much as 50% increase in the use of all peak hours over the next several weeks. additionally, fedex and ups two of our nations biggest freight movers are committing today to significantly increase the amount of goods
there moving at nights. fedex and ups are the shippers for some of our nations largest stores. they also ship all across america. their commitment to go all in meets businesses of all sizes will get the goods on shelves faster and more reliable. fedex and ups alone move up to 40% of packages in america up to 40% include target, home depot, samsung to ramp up peak hours at the ports. so, the commitment being made today to a store or to your front door. i don't think my supply chain disruption task force which we set up in june, led by
separate terry who to judge, armando and bill sack and by director of national economic council brian geist really want to thank them for their leadership. i particularly want to thank joe and i think joe has on one heck of a job in my special envoy in ports doesn't work in this issue with all the stakeholders for the past several weeks. i also want to thank the port director zone to think jean and mario again and los angeles and mayor garcetti and mayor garcia for their leadership. i think the private companies stepping up to what to thank them, thank them i particularly want to thank labor. willie adams along sharman union who is here today the teamsters, the rail units in the brotherhood of railroad signalmen and the international association of machinists to the american
trained dispatchers association, two sheet-metal, air and rail and transportation workers union known as smart. i want to be clear this is across the board commitment to going 24/7 for this a big first step in speeding up the movement of materials and goods of service to the supply chain. but now we need the rest of the private sector chain to step up as well. this is not called a supply chain for nothing. this means the terminal operators, railways, shippers and other retailers as well are strengthening our supply chain will continue to beat my teams focus. a federal support is needed i will direct all appropriate action but will call them out have them act because our goal is to not only the immediate bottleneck but to address the long-standing weaknesses in our transportation supply chain that this pandemic has exposed.
i might add parenthetically one of the reasons why i think it's very important we get the infrastructure plan passed, my infrastructure. that supply chain almost entirely in the hands of business. the world has changed. prior to the crisis we cheered the focus on lean and efficient supply chain. leaving no buffer or margin for air when it comes to certain parts arriving just in time as needed to make a final product. our administration, that was when it is just in time was the focus but we do not have a pandemic and other things at the time. we need to take a longer view that invest in greater resilience to withstand the shocks we see over and over, you're in and you're out whether it is the pandemic, extreme weather, climate change, cyber attacks from the
disruptions. in fact research tells us they cannot expect to lose more than 40% of one year's earnings every ten years due to supply chain disruptions. a longer term view means we invest in systems that have more time built in and partner with our allies. that also means companies throughout the supply chain like maritime airfreight and trunking companies reduce their carbon emissions and help to meet our climate change goals. also means creating and supporting good paying jobs so folks want to stay in these jobs. so they can build a skill in careers and make a decent living. the more opportunities to join a union, especially for truckers. these steps are critical. they allow companies to pivot quickly when a disruption hits because they have invested in our workers, the workers skill
and training upfront to be able to adapt. we to make make more of our products right here in the united states. never again should our country and our economy be unable to make critical products we need because we do not have access to materials to make that product. never again should we have to read rely too heavily on one country, one person in the world particularly when they don't share our values when it comes to labor and environmental standards. i have said before we are in the competition for the 21st century. we are america. we still have the most productive work and innovative minds in the world. but the rest of the world is closing in and we risk losing her edge if we don't step up. to be competitive we need to improve our capacity to make things here in america. also we finish things across the country and around the world we need to think big and
old. that is why i'm pushing for what's in a generation investment in our infrastructure and our people. for my infrastructure bill and build back better act. these would transform reports highways, rail systems sorely needed upgrading. we are proposing to make the biggest investment imports in our history. the bill would also make investments in our supply chain and strengthening our ability to make more goods from the beginning right here in america. bottom line, we have seen the cost of inaction in the pandemic. they affect every american it's fully within our capacity to act to make sure it never happens again. it's going to take a little
time and we unlock the full of our people. that is what we are going to do. god bless you all and may god bless the longshoremen, rail workers, truckers and all keeping our company going. may god protect our troops, thank you all so very much. [background noises] [inaudible] [inaudible] ♪ ♪ c-span's washington journal every day we take your calls live on the air on the news of the day and we discuss policy issues that impact you. coming up thursday morning author university of baltimore law professor kimberly on continued election thoughts from the right for the generate six investigation and
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