No Veggies, No Buns, Few Forks: Schools Scramble to Feed Students Amid Shortages (New York Times)

New York Times: No Veggies, No Buns, Few Forks: Schools Scramble to Feed Students Amid Shortages. “Schools across the country are facing shortages of cafeteria staples like chicken, bread, apple juice and even plastic cutlery, as supply chain woes and a lack of truck drivers complicate the most basic task of feeding students. Officials say they are scrambling to provide meals for students — many of whom rely on the food they eat at school as a significant, and sometimes the only, source of daily nutrition. Many educators say they expect supply-chain issues will only worsen in the coming months.”

BBC: Nike and Costco warn of product shortages and delays

BBC: Nike and Costco warn of product shortages and delays. “US sportswear giant Nike and US retail giant Costco both say they are facing product shortages and delays due to global supply chain problems. Nike said production and delivery of its shoes would impacted until next spring, as it struggles with shipping issues and a worker shortage in Asia. Meanwhile, Costco has re-imposed limits on items like toilet paper.”

Business Insider: Ikea has run out of 10% of its products in its UK and Ireland stores, amid the truck driver shortage and shipping crisis

Business Insider: Ikea has run out of 10% of its products in its UK and Ireland stores, amid the truck driver shortage and shipping crisis. “Ikea is struggling to stock popular products and meet high customer demand amid the UK’s truck driver shortage, the BBC first reported on Sunday, with 10% of its products unavailable. A lack of truckers and global shipping delays have disrupted supply chains, the Swedish retailer told Insider.”

News4Jax: Until 2023? Parts shortage will keep auto prices sky-high

News4Jax: Until 2023? Parts shortage will keep auto prices sky-high. “Back in the spring, a shortage of computer chips that had sent auto prices soaring appeared, finally, to be easing. Some relief for consumers seemed to be in sight. That hope has now dimmed. A surge in COVID-19 cases from the delta variant in several Asian countries that are the main producers of auto-grade chips is worsening the supply shortage. It is further delaying a return to normal auto production and keeping the supply of vehicles artificially low.”

BBC: NHS blood test tube shortage set to worsen

BBC: NHS blood test tube shortage set to worsen. “NHS England has admitted that a shortage of vials used for blood tests will worsen over the next few weeks and will last until mid-September. It said supplies remain constrained and are forecast ‘to become even more constrained over the coming weeks’.”

BBC: Vietnam lockdown adds to global coffee supply concerns

BBC: Vietnam lockdown adds to global coffee supply concerns. “Vietnam has added to concerns over global supplies of coffee as the South East Asian country’s biggest city remains in lockdown. The exporting hub of Ho Chi Minh has been kept under tough travel restrictions after a surge in cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Vietnam is a major producer of robusta, the bitter tasting bean used in instant coffee and some espresso blends.”

Wired: A New Tool Wants to Save Open Source From Supply Chain Attacks

Wired: A New Tool Wants to Save Open Source From Supply Chain Attacks. “RUSSIA’S HISTORICALLY DESTRUCTIVE NotPetya malware attack and its more recent SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign have something in common besides the Kremlin: They’re both real-world examples of software supply chain attacks. It’s a term for what happens when a hacker slips malicious code into legitimate software that can spread far and wide. And as more supply chain attacks emerge, a new open source project is angling to take a stand, making a crucial safeguard free and easy to implement.”

Cornell Chronicle: Virtual portal creates access to food security solutions

Cornell Chronicle: Virtual portal creates access to food security solutions. “The portal will launch with over 100 innovative solutions sourced from multiple initiatives and invites people to contribute to other solutions and add more information. The portal resources target the equitable improvement of nutrition while also restoring and protecting the environment. Solutions span the whole food supply chain and include policies, technologies, nature-based solutions, public/private collaborations, financial solutions, capacity building, and social equity approaches.”

OKC Fox: Supply chain database created to help Oklahoma manufacturers

OKC Fox: Supply chain database created to help Oklahoma manufacturers. “Governor Kevin Stitt is looking to help Oklahoma manufacturers find resources during critical times. The first part of ‘Supply Chain Oklahoma’ is an online database called ‘Connex Oklahoma.’ The database will allow manufactures to connect with alternate suppliers, explore production capabilities and view their supply chains visually.”

Poynter: Wood, plastics, chip shortages causing headaches for manufacturers

Poynter: Wood, plastics, chip shortages causing headaches for manufacturers. “We have explored the computer chip shortage that began during the pandemic and caused headaches for everyone from car manufacturers to companies that build laptops and game consoles. The Biden administration hopes to begin changing America’s reliance on foreign suppliers for such a critical part of our manufacturing. But wait, there’s more.”

Bloomberg: U.S. Trucking Battles Surging Demand and a Dearth of Drivers

Bloomberg: U.S. Trucking Battles Surging Demand and a Dearth of Drivers. “The average age of a driver is 46, according to the American Trucking Association, and more than 55% are 45 or older. Many also face health challenges including hypertension and obesity, reflecting a job associated with long hours, little physical activity and limited access to healthy foods. The pandemic has constricted the number of new drivers coming to the industry through driving schools, some of which are closed, while others have curbed enrollment because of social-distancing measures.”

Phys .org: Men less likely to see food as national security issue amid pandemic

Phys .org: Men less likely to see food as national security issue amid pandemic. “On average, men not only showed less empathy toward temporary agricultural laborers, known as H-2A guest workers, but also were less likely to see food supply and production as issues of national security, according to a study led by a Washington State University researcher. This particular finding relating to gender stood out from the rest of the study’s results. The survey was conducted before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

AP: US medical supply chains failed, and COVID deaths followed

AP: US medical supply chains failed, and COVID deaths followed. “The Associated Press and ‘FRONTLINE’ launched a seven-month investigation — filing Freedom of Information Act requests, testing medical masks, interviewing dozens of experts from hard-hit hospitals to the White House — to understand what was behind these critical shortages. Medical supply chains that span oceans and continents are the fragile lifelines between raw materials and manufacturers overseas, and health care workers on COVID-19 front lines in the U.S. As link after link broke, the system fell apart.”

The Conversation: How to prevent disruptions in food supply chains after COVID-19

The Conversation: How to prevent disruptions in food supply chains after COVID-19. “Almost all businesses involved in the food supply chain have experienced effects ranging from a mild shock to severe disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and further disruptions may be ahead during the second wave. Yet not all organizations have learned critical lessons, and history shows us some companies are destined to remain unprepared for the next waves.”