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RILA warns of potentially devastating disruption
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance to reach a contract agreement well in advance of the Sept. 30 deadline in order to prevent a disruption to the flow of goods.Full Article: http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/rila-warns-potentially-devastating-disruption?ad=news
The ongoing labor negotiations affect 14 East and Gulf Coast ports, which together account for 95% of all containerized shipments to the Eastern seaboard.
“This potential disruption would be devastating to the retail industry as it would disrupt the flow of goods, resulting in lost sales and aggravated customers,” said RILA president Sandy Kennedy.
Ports play a critical role in the supply chain, and a potential disruption would be destructive to the retail industry’s ability to deliver their goods to consumers in a “just in time” fashion, according to RILA.
While a work stoppage would be the most harmful outcome, the letter reminded negotiators that if the parties fail to reach an agreement well in advance of the Sept. 30 deadline, retailers will be forced to redirect shipments in order to avoid an interruption in the flow of goods.