WEEKLY FEATURE | JAN 27, 2021 |
Lead times are terrible. When will they get better?

For designers already sick of explaining to clients why their furniture is taking forever, here’s a fun new one: Your sofa might be sitting at the bottom of the ocean.

Last weekend, a California-bound cargo ship hit a patch of rough weather, and 750 containers were lost at sea. According to American Shipper, which covers the global supply chain and international transportation, the vessel—which is now being rerouted to Mexico so the damages can be assessed—was carrying more than 4,000 containers of furniture cargo, including goods from Amazon, Ikea and Williams-Sonoma. Such is the strange interconnected world of globalized logistics that rising barometric pressure over the Pacific Ocean can lead to an empty living room in Dayton, Ohio.

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