The port of Newark, New Jersey remains the largest container port on the East coast. The port supports over 400,000 jobs and has generated almost $8.5 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue over the past decade. With import and export routes ranging from Asia, Europe, and Latin America, it has facilitated over 85 million tons of cargo worth more than $211 billion.
The looming repercussions of the lockdowns forced the hands of lawmakers to subsidize its’ citizens to stay home and lower interest rates to stimulate the economy. This was an unprecedented global phenomenon. The after-effects of this would create massive inflation, and increased demand for goods, especially automobiles and luxury items as well as construction. This unparalleled demand created an enormous strain on the supply chain both on the production/manufacturing end as well as the warehouse logistics end.
During the early stages of the Covid pandemic, supply chain disruptions due to plant shutdowns and widespread employee shortages resulted in price increases as demand rapidly outweighed supply. Consumers have remained burdened with high prices on most goods, and prognosticators are predicting that costs will remain high or continue to increase moderately for the foreseeable future.
Online retail sales surged over 40% in 2020 fueled by the Coronavirus pandemic. With overall easing of pandemic rules and society getting back to school, work, and leisure activities we …