Thanksgiving and the supply chain

Thanksgiving is over. The turkey is eaten, the pumpkin pie is just crumbs. The football games have ended (hope your team won). Just when things are beginning to settle down, a new stressor is added to an already hectic holiday time.

They may look like toy ships bobbing in a big bathtub, but they have cast a cloud of gloom over Thanksgiving, and specifically Black Friday, the day Christmas shopping is supposed to begin. Huge container ships loaded with millions of cartons of holiday toys and stuff rock idly in the ocean, waiting to be unloaded in ports all across the United States. The Grinch may be grinning, but millions of parents are frowning as they contemplate what will happen if there is

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