Have you had to wait a really long time for an Amazon order to arrive? Maybe you’ve noticed that store shelves aren’t always full. It’s all due to a worldwide shipping problem. That has led to shortages of all kinds of products—from sneakers to gaming systems.
The problem has a lot to do with the global supply chain. That’s the process of getting items made in one country to consumers in another country.
For many of the products Americans use, the chain starts in factories in Asia. Those products are placed into shipping containers that are stacked onto huge cargo ships.
The ships sail across the Pacific Ocean to ports in the United States. There, the containers are loaded onto trucks or trains. The goods are eventually delivered to stores or shipped directly to people who bought them online.