It’s “Official” – First Round of Olympic Shutdowns are Coming

Thursday, July 3, 2008 23:30
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Was just forwarded an article from Reuters entitled China to shut factories ahead of Olympics-sources where the lead paragraph says:

Authorities in Tangshan, an industrial city in Hebei province north of Beijing, have ordered 267 firms to shut down operations by July 8 to improve air quality ahead of the Olympics, government and industry sources said on Friday.

Update: I just found an article by Business week China: An Olympic Loss for Industry where the following quote came right off the screen:

“It’s now too late to try to get additional freight, too late to move production, too late to stockpile,” he says. “There are some very large, well-known companies that were caught completely off guard on this.”

So… once again I ask. Are you ready?

Have you booked your containers?

Are you stocked up?

What is your plan B should your supply chain be disrupted for 2 months?

To read my previous posts on the impact of the Olympics, you can go to my previous posts by clicking the Olympics

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