Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon slammed President Biden’s response to the supply chain crisis.
As dozens of cargo ships remain stranded outside of California ports, Biden suggested that White House partnerships with private companies could address shipping and processing bottlenecks. However, social media users have been posting images of empty store shelves along with captions such as “Bare Shelves Biden.”
Bill Simon — who led Walmart from 2010 to 2014 — agreed that the situation is a “mess from start to finish.”
“I’ve never seen it like this, and I don’t really think anybody living in this country has,” the executive told Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell. “I mean, this is really unprecedented.”
Simon remarked on “Mornings with Maria” that “there’s a shortage of labor in our distribution system and there’s a shortage of people to put [items] on the shelf.” He added that the crisis will not be relieved “until we alleviate the labor shortage that’s out there and get people driving trucks and unloading at the docks and stocking shelves.”
For months, industry leaders have been urging President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to help American supply chains return to normalcy. A June letter from Matthew Shay — President and CEO of the National Retail Federation — noted that the supply chain crisis has affected over 97% of American retailers:
Our nation’s supply chains are stressed because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and they continue to struggle through our economic recovery. We would like an opportunity to discuss the impact these issues are having on the nation’s retailers, our workers and our customers, as well as potential solutions to address current and future disruptions.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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