“A backlog of idle ships parked just miles from the [LA] shore have become the symbol of a nation gripped by shortages, from labor to goods. And the American public is starting to notice the effects as shelves lay bare in parts of the country … Insider chartered a boat and brought along a logistics expert to find out what’s causing the backlog, what can be done to alleviate it, and who’s to blame.”

+ Part it is that we have so many empty containers and no where to put them. NPR: A tech CEO got big attention for his plan to ease the backlog at Los Angeles ports. “Yesterday I rented a boat and took the leader of one of Flexport’s partners in Long Beach on a 3 hour [tour] of the port complex. Here’s what I learned.” (Maybe we have too many people renting boats and further slowing down the boat traffic?)