Description: As rail blockades continue in Canada, inventory is beginning to build up at major Canadian ports of Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver. Atlantic Container Line (ACL) says 90% of its business usually moves out of ports by rail, but the current blockades are hitting the normal routes hard. ACL has started to move shipments to the harbours of Baltimore and New York in order to route freight through the United States. Meanwhile, Superior Propane says its supplies are running low, putting households and various establishments at risk of running out.
Date: February 21, 2020
1) Have you encountered any shortages yet as a result of the rail blockade?
2) If you were working for a business that could not get supplies by rail, what might you recommend to your management team?
3) On page 321 of Wiley’s Financial Accounting : Tools for Business Decision-Making, you can read about the just-in-time approach to supply chain operations. How might this current blockade impact a company wiht the just-in-time approach?