U.S. Congress Establishes Supply Chain Caucus In Response To Coronavirus

According to IEG Policy, the US, Congress is looking to tackle the possibility that coronavirus will disrupt supply chains by creating a Congressional Supply Chain Caucus. Industry hopes it will explore innovative solutions to a host of global threats to make supply chains more efficient.

Reps. Colin Allred (D-Texas), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and David Rouzer (R-N.C.) will serve as co-chairs of the new caucus and are recruiting members to “strengthen and add resiliency to protect the delivery system, which can be severely harmed by geopolitical events such as the recent coronavirus outbreak that has had significant impacts on global supply chains,” according to a letter to colleagues.

In Italy, sales of processed food rose dramatically as people sought to stockpile supplies in response to the virus outbreak there – the worst in Europe.

Supermarket sales in the north-west of Italy rose by 11.2% two weeks ago due to a shopping rush linked to the spreading of Covid-19.

Also in Italy, farmers reported that their crops were at risk because seasonal workers from Central and Eastern Europe are not coming back to their fields.

In a statement published on its website, farming union Coldiretti said foreign seasonal workers are staying away from Lombardy and Veneto, where a series of COVID-19 outbreaks have been detected since February 21.

Read more at Supply Chain Dive.

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