Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop (With Immediate and Catastrophic Consequences)

Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop (With Immediate and Catastrophic Consequences)

Mac Slavo


April 2nd, 2012

Most Americans take for granted the intricate systems that make it possible for us to engage in seemingly mundane day to day tasks like filling up our gas tanks, loading up our shopping carts at the local grocery store, obtaining necessary medications, and even pouring ourselves a clean glass of water. When we wake up each morning we just expect that all of these things will work today the same way they worked yesterday. Very few have considered the complexity involved in the underlying infrastructure that keeps goods, services and commerce in America flowing. Fewer still have ever spent the time to contemplate the fragility of these systems or the consequences on food, water, health care, the financial system, and the economy if they are interrupted.

A report prepared for legislators and business leaders by the American Trucking Associations highlights just how critical our just-in-time inventory and delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the truck transportation systems which are responsible for carrying some ten billion tons of commodities and supplies across the United States each year.

A shut down of truck operations as a result of elevated threat levels, terrorist attacks, or pandemics would, according to the report, have “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.”

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2 Responses to Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop (With Immediate and Catastrophic Consequences)

  1. gideon says:

    People REALLY!!! need to understand this. I work in this business. We deliver EVERYDAY!!! 24hrs. 7 days a week to the Grocery Stores. When there is a foul up,just in the ordering process, they are basically out of a large portion of day to day necessities. Now with the system all computerized, they only order what they sell, the stores no longer keep any backstock of any significance. Now dig this, in the last few years all of our suppliers have gradually switched to the same computerized system. Heck we’ve lost power at our Distribution Center and they CANNOT select orders. This system is VERY FRAGILE to say the least. We should ALL know by now that WTSHTF going to the grocery store then will NOT be an option. (Well it shouldn’t be)

    • I am not surprised that the computerized system is so delicate. Everything is delicate and it seems that there is no back up or fail safe system in place for anything of significance. But yes, trucks and truckers are the heart of the economy. If they shut down, the country grinds to a halt and the starving begins.

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