Supply chain news wrap: iPhone faces supply chain snarls and more


By FarEye | October 13, 2022

Hello there! Here's your dose of all the top news doing the rounds in the world of supply chain and logistics this week.

iPhone Faces Supply Chain Challenges

Apple's iPhone 14 Max is reportedly facing supply chain challenges. Reports claim that the shipping of display panel parts has been delayed. In May this year, Apple was forced to opt for a more expensive supplier in LG Innotek for iPhone 14's front-facing camera due to supply chain-related shortages affecting its usual partners.

Top brands in the consumer goods industry have been hit by supply chain snarls and are looking at modern technologies to make their supply chains less vulnerable to disruptions. According to a Gartner survey, 61% of supply chain leaders believe that technology can make them more competitive, while 20% of the respondents marked investment in robotics as a critical investment area.

Protestors Shut Down Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has been shut down with truckers protesting over California’s gig worker law AB5. Nearly, 70,000 truckers fall under this law. Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition called the protest a massive blow to exporters of agricultural goods in the U.S. “The supply chain already is in crisis,” Mr. Friedmann said. “This is a huge disruption.”

Close to 70% of freight in the U.S. is delivered by trucks and around 80% of the country depends on truckers for the daily delivery of essential goods. Trucker shortages have crippled global supply chains in recent times, resulting in delayed shipping and a decline in net profits for enterprises across the globe.

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Global supply chains returning to normal?

More than 50% of supply chain executives don’t expect a "return to normal" until the first half of 2024 or beyond, according to a new survey. As per the survey, the Ukraine war and labor shortages are the two major factors blocking supply chain’s return to stability.

The survey reveals that 75% of supply chain leaders acknowledge that the supply chain issues have impacted their revenues negatively or very negatively. A whopping 80% of leaders surveyed said their supply chain costs have risen by between 20-60% between December 2020 and December 2022.

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