Why There are Now So Many Shortages (It's Not COVID)

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  1. lorzon


    13 mínútum síðan

    I just want to point out that it was never "illegal" to travel. No governmental agency could arrest you and put you in jail for going for a drive.

  2. David johnston

    David johnston

    22 mínútum síðan

    After yrs of best times then somebody ruins it I know it might be there watching but who its not utube

  3. MiiK4Y


    55 mínútum síðan

    Awhile go there was a flood in china Dont eat fast food (where conavers)🔋



    56 mínútum síðan

    Taxes going the wrong way period.

  5. k h

    k h

    Klukkustund síðan

    well, the cause all of these problems is 'abusing the consumer at highest level philosophy'...

  6. Searcher holic

    Searcher holic

    Klukkustund síðan

    It's not exactly rocket science. Toyota was prepared on the back of the fallout from the psunami. Lesson learned

  7. Pete Puebla

    Pete Puebla

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    This is the most dire and sad news story I've heard all day. Thanks for bringing me up

  8. TheBlueStig


    3 klukkustundum síðan

    Any claim of a food shortage in America is an absolute LIE. I work in a food warehouse and right now the whole place is stacked to the rafters, every storage location full. It's the STORES that are not ordering enough of the food that is sitting in warehouses all across the country. That's NOT a shortage, that's the stores being greedy by playing on people's fears when they keep the shelves almost empty so you buy more out of panic.

  9. Derek McQuarrie

    Derek McQuarrie

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    13:20 Janurary

  10. Tim abel

    Tim abel

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    all i heard was that toyota was luckey to have gone through the disruptions caused by the earthquake.

  11. CapriciousBlackBox


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    You’re right; it wasn’t covid. It was unethical, ineffective and unjustifiable lockdowns imposed by governments. I knew this was a mistake the day they started announcing them. It’s not particularly fair to expect industry to have foreseen such and unprecedented global shutdown....regardless of how frustrating the continued excuses may seem.

    • Edgar AF

      Edgar AF

      Klukkustund síðan

      Blame everything on government instead of rich people who only care about money. Idiot

  12. Kato Escape

    Kato Escape

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Who on earth is downvoting this video! I think (it's not covid) is not entirely accurate because many of these problems happened due to shut down's related to covid. Our system was not built around the government shutting down production, because that hasn't happened in the past. Calling it Flawed implementation is, as said, an over simplification, when there has not been shut downs like this before. And in honesty, the companies that have had many months of stock on hand have now run to the end of that production as well. There has become an endless amount of bureaucracy, it is amazing products end up on doorsteps at all. Well, as extra supplies run out, we will see fewer items on doorsteps. Not sure about all the car companies, but I did visit a car manufacturer in Mexico, a few years back and they had the largest lot I could have imagined full of trucks and cars, seemed like a lot of inventory to me. So, it is not just Toyota.

  13. ThomasFromTN


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    The rhetoric driving this presentation amounts to semantical gymnastical BS. Suggestion that COVID was not cause for shortages (an iceberg was not cause for the Titanic sinking) because logistical (and structural) deficiencies were intrinsic qualities embodied in the respective dependent variables (supply chain, Titanic) is endowing the term "cause" with improper semantical attributes in both such circumstances. It seems to me the fair analogy would be the absurd proposition that a person inflicting mortal harm on another person should never be prosecuted, for murder, as the "cause" of that other someone dying...because that other someone, being inherently mortal, was inevitably going to die, anyway.

  14. T D

    T D

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Would be very interested in: Research on USA Seaports and Early Covid Outbreaks Could this also be Global? Where were the Initial Outbreaks?

  15. Margaret Stafford

    Margaret Stafford

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    I do this at home instinctively. I keep some stockpiles on hand of certain items that are hard to get (I have to order on line or travel miles to a store to acquire). That way I will not run out if my car breaks down, I get sick, or get too busy to get them. Other items that are easier to get (are readily avaiblle at the corner market) I do not bother to buy ahead. The big companies are run by people that are so far up in the clouds they cannot use common sense.

  16. Add channel name

    Add channel name

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    The truck driver industry i hear is about to get better because companies are starting to pay truckers more as apposed to lowballing wages in the past years.

  17. ryanburbridge


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    This sounds like a perfect opportunity to become the next worlds richest person!!! I just can’t think how...

  18. Floyd Brown

    Floyd Brown

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Interesting! No containers, no ability to fill them. A dilemma no doubt.

  19. Frank A

    Frank A

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    Lean bit them and I hope they learn from it. I knew from my own mfg experience that lean sabotages the chain because when everything is going well - it's great. But any problems and it is too fragile when taken to the extremes it is these days. Such an excellent video. Should be required viewing for any decision-maker related to mfg. What is there is a war? It's resilience vs. profit. Wrong blend = fail. Also, how about outsourcing? In 2005 most mfg of face masks followed trends to outsource to China. That went well (?).

  20. Daniel Boch (Display)

    Daniel Boch (Display)

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    The shutdown of 2020. Hard lessons. Valuable lessons. Emerging into a better place to live in. Gotta love our planet tenacity.

  21. Minotauro Trading

    Minotauro Trading

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    am i the only one seeing a great opportunity to start a Uber or Lift business and Alaska??

  22. William T

    William T

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    China and biden

  23. Mike Nomath

    Mike Nomath

    7 klukkustundum síðan


  24. JBTechCon


    7 klukkustundum síðan

    What this video made my realize is that there needs to be a boba restaurant called Boba Fett.

  25. Shawn McKenzie

    Shawn McKenzie

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Covid 19 was a minor issue in the shortages. It's a global control by governments to weaken the masses and get more control. Poor alternative logistic supply by companies in house.

  26. dan evans

    dan evans

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    If you think this is caused by covid, you're A gullible person !!! All these issues are by agenda !!!

  27. BlueSpoonFarm


    8 klukkustundum síðan

    You didn't mention that companies are taxed on inventory. Many years ago book publishers changed their model to avoid paying taxes on inventory. Teachers cannot expect that textbook to be available. Students need to assume they are reading online (renting books), or printing the book themselves. This shifts the cost of printing a $300 book to the student / consumer. Sticking it to the customer one more time.

  28. R V

    R V

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Simple answer JIT - Just In Time is to blame

  29. chocolat4hogs


    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Your story is good but claiming scarcity of Trucking company drivers is a loaded issue. Politics in California has created this debacle. Independent truck owners leased onto Intermodal companies is a real issue. Claiming misclassified and not paying drivers for the delays at the ports is a real problem. You have Federal, State, County and City ordinances all encroaching upon the port business.

  30. Mustafa Gündoğan

    Mustafa Gündoğan

    9 klukkustundum síðan


  31. kill or killed

    kill or killed

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Everyone: fuck how am I gonna get that new electric car with chips costing so much. Me: drivin my old 70s clapped out ford

  32. Harrison Asmar

    Harrison Asmar

    9 klukkustundum síðan

    So... It's taking 4 months to get my new Toyota due to shipping constraints and not manufacturing?

  33. Kristofer Krause

    Kristofer Krause

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    The government lock down caused many issues, not the flu.

  34. Melvin Hunt

    Melvin Hunt

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Because that was in the Plan!

  35. pollofromporter


    10 klukkustundum síðan

    And it all stems from SHORTAGE OF WORKERS because of a MANMADE VIRUS.

  36. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Shit's running out, yo!

  37. Nigel Thompson

    Nigel Thompson

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Really good video ….. this more or less goes for the financial sector as well … debt etc etc .

  38. Kindra Harper

    Kindra Harper

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    The quiet mask early comb because knowledge intermittently blind given a thirsty trout. disastrous, brash turkish

  39. Warhol's Circus

    Warhol's Circus

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Your speech pattern is so annoying; I can't even watch this.

  40. Philippe Sabourin

    Philippe Sabourin

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Want to know why the lumber and gas is f.. hight cause it's the company ho transform the product not the guy ho cut the trees or the lumber yard it the guy ho makes the planks 8 bucks for a 2×3 is a total RIP of it the same for meat medication everything that is essential to live all that cause of the illuminati's but dont worry everything is coming to a end soon !!!

  41. Dylan Berg

    Dylan Berg

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Yes, it is hard to run businesses when you pay people more money to stay home than they earn when they work.

  42. jys m

    jys m

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    it depends on the product doesn't it. if the chip is for a handphone set, it can't possibly stock up as much inventory as much as an automobile sensor chip used to sense tyre pressure for example.

  43. ZCorp Alpha

    ZCorp Alpha

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    1970’s Car 🚘 No chip needed 🔥🤣🥃

  44. Jeb common

    Jeb common

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Each one of these situations is an example of, don't have all your eggs in one basket. Another example of US over regulation, thanks to the beaurocrats, and Democrats.

  45. john john

    john john

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    ...and the wolves blew and blew sadly noone built their house of brick and *all the sweet little pigs got roasted*

  46. rastamann2009


    15 klukkustundum síðan

    So this is one more example of why late stage capitalism is shit.

  47. george george

    george george

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    Why the weird question pause in the middle of every spoken sentence ?

  48. phil durre

    phil durre

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    if you print money and hand it out for free, there will always be shortages…

  49. GeoVoluntarizm


    16 klukkustundum síðan

    This is one of the best videos I have ever seen on youtube. Thank you for making this.

  50. James Goettsche

    James Goettsche

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    aka hypercoherence

  51. nεphi rαπo

    nεphi rαπo

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    January, not "Janurary" at 13:23, lol.

  52. Kim Nolen

    Kim Nolen

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    Good, honest information is so satisfying. We don't get enough of that.

  53. Nutmeg Donkey

    Nutmeg Donkey

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    there's not a truck driver shortage , there's a truck driver PAY shortage would you wanna be away from your family for weeks at a time for 45k a year? didn't think so. pay up.

  54. essential judge

    essential judge

    20 klukkustundum síðan


  55. Tim Mosso's N95 Mask

    Tim Mosso's N95 Mask

    21 klukkustund síðan

    Just a random guy passing through to remind you that China is the reason you were put on house arrest for a year. And your government praised them for it.

    • ZCorp Alpha

      ZCorp Alpha

      13 klukkustundum síðan

      Well Skippy, I loved being on my private property, isolated & enjoying life 🥃

  56. JG


    21 klukkustund síðan

    Spoiler: Basically, it's Covid.

  57. Headcynic


    21 klukkustund síðan

    How many containers can one train haul? How many people does it take to drive that train as compared to how many it would take to drive that many trucks? How much fuel does it take? There are always "substitute products" or "substitute methods".

  58. Data Two

    Data Two

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    So little of it means anything to ones personal happiness or physical survival, but it must be devastating to the tens of millions of people who don't see it that way. Oh, no! I can't buy a new trade in for a new rental car again, or a new PlayStation, or my bubble tea, It reeks of the same complaining done when people realized they couldn't get their hair cut, dyed, or their nails done. It really is nice to be on the very low end of the income spectrum. I needn't worry about being part of the long lines of people needing to upgrade to the latest and greatest when what they have works just fine. This too shall pass, as history has always demonstrated. If one must worry about anything, worry about the important things like clean air, clean food, adequate shelter, clothes to protect from the elements, and friends to pass the time with over a game of cards, now that we can do so. But being alone certainly has little to do with being lonely. I've been doing it for quite some time now, and it suits my nature fine. And as far as how the Japanese developed, adopted, and further new how to apply going with the flow with JIT manufacturing, well that is part of their cultural makeup. Which is partially why, when the west adopted it, they couldn't conceive of utilizing the more "fuzzy" aspects of JIT. Primarily, Western culture s more concerned about immediate and swift realization of desire. And that fundamental difference is precisely why it fell flat on its ass here. Our CEOs were as always more concerned about pleasing the shareholders at the expense of everything else. And I doubt many western companies attitudes will change all that fundamentally in the years to come. We suffer too much from the "me first" and "I deserve it, and I want it now", culture of the self to the extreme. And it may be a considerable part of our own decline. It certainly has contributed to it over the past five decades.

  59. i am

    i am

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    What a joke.... The only thing there is a shortage of...Americans willing to work. Between "stimulus" checks, and "extended" unemployment benefits, the typically lazy Americans, have said fuck it!! I do not have to work... Which is exactly what the left has wanted for some time now...a majority of people dependant upon the government...aka, more voters...

  60. Noles Fan

    Noles Fan

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    That’s why I drink beer.

  61. Proctor’s Gamble

    Proctor’s Gamble

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    Toyota got the ideas from a man named Deming. An American. He was scoffed at in the USA so he applied his ideas to Japan and they beat us at our own game

    • qopoy dnon

      qopoy dnon

      16 klukkustundum síðan

      When this happens to staples like bread and water and milk etc shit really gonna hit the fan

  62. Marc Ryals

    Marc Ryals

    23 klukkustundum síðan

    This video........what an elegant explanation of the truth. Bravo.

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    chief 1 redwolf

    23 klukkustundum síðan

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  64. rickie5150


    23 klukkustundum síðan

    There are no shortages.... only sanctions placed on people around the world for fighting against the pricipalities that are trying to destroy all !!!!

  65. NeedToKnow23


    Degi Síðan síðan

    The Toyota education, I subbed. History is VERY interesting. "It can fill books, but many only read the cover". EPIC EPIC EPIC. This is the quality missing from TV. Thank you.

  66. Waldan Farr

    Waldan Farr

    Degi Síðan síðan


  67. Filiberto Giron

    Filiberto Giron

    Degi Síðan síðan

    You are missing the most factual point, that is the elected officials imposed lockdowns. It's important to recognize and be aware that the lockdowns and like many other global restrictions, are made by current leaders and aspiring leaders cooperating for a faith based agenda. These leaders find an opportunity to impose restrictions on our liberties without remorse because they whole heartedly believe a few sacrifices on our end will eventually advance humanity to utopia. These agendas are faith based because they are based on failed or untested theories. They are faith based agendas because the people promoting them have zero experience in it. They are faith based agendas because they are based on emotions over science. I encourage you to make some time to begin your own search with the World Economic Forum.

  68. repeteproductions


    Degi Síðan síðan

    January is misspelled on your calendar graphic ;) 13:20

  69. mms0011


    Degi Síðan síðan

    "YOU SEEEEEEEEEE..." ... "YOU SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE..." ... "YOU SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE..." jfc this is getting so annoying. unsubbed.

  70. Junk Silver

    Junk Silver

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The reason for the shortages is because the world is being taken over by their central banks, who are grooming the world for socialism. It's ALL planned out years inn advance.

    • J Fili Moe

      J Fili Moe

      16 klukkustundum síðan

      The central banks are grooming the world for socialism? That’s funny. Banks peddle debt, they’re quite literally the pushers of capitalism.

  71. Todd Bello

    Todd Bello

    Degi Síðan síðan

    :( perfect time missed for an Office Space reference about TPS reports

  72. Mike


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Truth is it's deep state and private western central bank. Their goal is a 3rd world world.

  73. Regis H

    Regis H

    Degi Síðan síðan

    CoUld you say "you see..." even more times in a single video ?

  74. tommy Mc Weedface

    tommy Mc Weedface

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Wow! I'm surprised I didn't find a bunch of idiots blaming it on Biden or the democrats! Thanks!

  75. kranwa15


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Blame EDD and stimulus check, made people lazy, don't want to work, they stayed home.

  76. SuperJV4x


    Degi Síðan síðan

    what has to be taken into the equation is that this is intentional - the plan is to destroy the consumer system in favor of a "hunger games' model - so... don't expect all this is going to be fixed.

  77. george elliott

    george elliott

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Its the "just in time" supply model. This is not news.

  78. Nikhil VJ

    Nikhil VJ

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Build in your own country, mutts

  79. Luis Arias

    Luis Arias

    Degi Síðan síðan


  80. Robin Davis

    Robin Davis

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The rural step-brother iteratively warn because sheep allegedly burn across a grubby gruesome jeans. unique, thoughtful prison

  81. Sin Chef

    Sin Chef

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The knowing router neatly delight because graphic arguably wreck round a foolish doll. imminent, glistening glorious icon

  82. 23zchris


    Degi Síðan síðan

    This is amazing

  83. Edith Spencer

    Edith Spencer

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Thank you for this! This is a great distillation of conversations i have had with people over the last year over 'shortages'.

  84. xev1435


    Degi Síðan síðan

    there is also a big glut in shipping goods via rail, thanks for CSX cost cutting that placed very tight margins on labor. When shipping demand now returned, they don't have train operators to run the system. Great job CSX CEO!

  85. Maureen Brandon

    Maureen Brandon

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Greedy power hungry illuminati free masons started the pandemic and the stock piling and shortages, in order to fulfill their new world order road and belt project. The ship that blocked the canal was deliberate also.

  86. Yathindra C.k

    Yathindra C.k

    Degi Síðan síðan


  87. rikki campos

    rikki campos

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Long Beach Port, disrupted and deliberately, slowed, sometimes for weeks, the unloading of container ships, during the Pandemic.

  88. Joe Black

    Joe Black

    Degi Síðan síðan

    It would seem like a simple solution is possible. Start with extreme just-in-time. Then every year you adjust the number of day's worth of excess stock you need at any given time by the number of days you experienced shortages that year. If one year has less days shortage, then keep the old value. If a year has more, than raise that as the new benchmark for that specific sourced item. That way you can be hyper-efficient in the beginning and gradually make your manufacturing logistics more robust. You might even want to adjust month to month, or even week to week in the very beginning.

  89. rikki campos

    rikki campos

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Long Beach the deepest port on the west coast , BELONGS TO CHINA!



    Degi Síðan síðan

    Stop putting computers in cars never needed them before dont need them now dont have one in my car.

  91. Alparslan Korkmaz

    Alparslan Korkmaz

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Nice video.

  92. First Last

    First Last

    Degi Síðan síðan

    It’s an attack by China slowing it down purposely all supplies but Biden is in bed with China so it’s kept quiet

  93. Lee Altman Sr.

    Lee Altman Sr.

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Fantastic and informative 👍

  94. thegr8rambino


    Degi Síðan síðan

    so basically the companies are scamming us and using covid as an excuse to get away with it

  95. Enrico Suave

    Enrico Suave

    Degi Síðan síðan

    So what I'm getting is that something like covid was inevitable and because it wasn't foreseen it wasn't prepared in the supply chain. It was still ultimately caused by covid. The good news is that now that it's happened we have to adapt and be ready the next time something like this happens. Also a couple years ago the ports shut down due to union workers on the docks going on strike. Food was rotting and a bunch of ships sat out at sea for weeks on end. I'm a diesel mechanic and we are having issues with parts being nationally back ordered so trucks sit for weeks sometimes for a small part. We'll get through this people but we gotta stop the fear mongering and get back to work.

  96. Dillon Redford

    Dillon Redford

    Degi Síðan síðan

    It’s fucking Covid.

  97. SixtySix


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Add that it's bc america doesn't make anything of value anymore lol.... Everything (almost) is dependent on over seas.