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ENRICH-0655 – Curr Iss In-Person: Ocean Port Gridlock (ENRICH-0655_PORT)

Gridlock at the Ocean Ports: A Flashing Red Sign for Globalization?

The first two decades of the 21st century are often known as the golden years of globalization. Asian economies became manufacturing giants that led to an increase in imports to the United States. But with the pandemic came chaos—first with a decline in imports to the U.S. due to the Asian lockdowns in the first two quarters of 2020, and then a massive surge in imports hit in the second half of 2020 and remains today. Gridlock at U.S. ocean ports, with scores of ships sitting in the harbor waiting to be unloaded, plus a lack of exports leaving the U.S. due to a trucker shortage, mean serious challenges for product supply for consumers. And beyond these issues, a more ominous sign lurks regarding whether this is just a temporary problem or a prescient warning about the future of globalization. Join supply chain expert Jack Buffington for a bracing discussion on the future of globalization. Discover how the global supply chain operates to and from U.S. ports even as warning signs for change are appearing in the world economy. “These sessions uncover a startling truth: that the challenges that occurred through COVID were merely symptoms of a larger problem that must be faced by American policymakers as soon as possible,” Buffington says.

Two in-person sessions
Thur., Oct. 6, 13, 2022, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Jack Buffington is the program director/professor for the Supply Chain Management program and the Transportation and Supply Chain Institute at the University of Denver. Prior to this role, Buffington was responsible for supply chain logistics for MillerCoors Brewing Company. He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on supply chain and related topics, as well as six general business books, including his soon-to-be-released, Reinventing Supply Chain: A 21st Century Covenant for America.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 16Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $85


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday6th October 202213th October 202206:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallJohn Buffington