The Bottleneck that is the Port of Vancouver, BC

Good morning and welcome to a new bottleneck in your supply chain. This is, if you move goods through the Port of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Unionized and non-unionized truck drivers have withdrawn services (“strike”) over pay and waiting time. It seems that the waiting time at the Port can be long and, for many of the drivers, rarely compensated.

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is also very concerned. The Port of Vancouver is the busiest in Canada and is a vital supply chain link in trans-Pacific operations. Any shut down creates a bottleneck in the RCC members’ supply chain. Retail goods must reach the store shelves to create value.

As any process improvement veteran knows, waiting time – whether it is drivers or containers on ships – constitutes waste and non-value added time.

Overcoming the bottleneck at the current time is basically limited to solving the drivers’ issues. In the medium – to long-term, supply chain process owners can apply risk management best practices to their supply chain strategies and models. The application of risk management to supply chain processes is a hot topic as any man-made or natural disaster can disrupt supply chain processes. Processes with long lead times, such as trans-Pacific maritime transportation, are especially vulnerable.

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