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Simple Stories Life Documented Delayed by Labor Dispute

Simple Stories informed customers yesterday that its new Life Documented planner and scrapbook collections has been affected by a labor dispute delaying shipments at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle and Tacoma.

Simple Stories Life DocumentedThe collection, which was due to be received in the company’s warehouse last month, is being delayed by a dispute between the ports and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The union’s contract with the ports expired in July, and in recent weeks the union’s 13,000 workers at the four ports have been engaging in work slowdowns in protest of the lack of a new contract.

Because the Simple Stories Life Documented collection is part of the hot planner calendar product trend, many consumers are extra anxious to get their hands on it quickly – before the start of the new year. Simple Stories says it hopes to have the Life Documented collection in its warehouse within two weeks, and that shipping will commence shortly after their receipt of the product.

In response to rising shipping costs and concerns about logistical problems like the dock worker strike, many industry companies have been turning increasingly to onshore manufacturing instead of using China. This incident may push more companies to consider the move – Simple Stories actually produces over 50% of its product in the U.S., but despite that got burned by the logistics of this particular time sensitive line.

4 Responses to Simple Stories Life Documented Delayed by Labor Dispute

  1. logan wilhelm December 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Would be a great boost to America’s economy to have products made in the “Good Old USA”!!!!!

  2. Laura (@Bookworm) December 24, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    While not always possible, I try to support manufacturers that make their products here: Ranger Ink and Hero Arts come to mind.

  3. gabmcann December 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    It could be a good thing if it makes companies do more manufacturing locally

  4. happyhomesink December 26, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I don’t understand why these groups aren’t getting a contract….it seems that every company I work with has experienced shipping slow downs with this labor dispute. It’s kind of a big deal…yet no news stories or pressure to get them to come to an agreement. Reminds me of the UPS strike many years ago…makes doing business a nightmare.

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