President Joe Biden was positive on Wednesday about supply chain concerns, just days before Christmas, saying gifts had been delivered and store shelves had been filled.
"The much-predicted crisis did not materialize," Biden said as he called a meeting of his task force on the supply chain. "Packages are moving," he said, promoting the actions his government took amid warnings of a "holiday crisis".
The White House has taken steps, including ports, to speed up container handling, and the president has partnered with retailers like Walmart. met
and Best Buy
Get assurances that supply chain problems will subside.
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While announcing progress, Biden declared the supply chain issues not fully resolved – a view echoed by one of the participants in the meeting, FedEx
Fred Smith, Chairman of the Board.
"The supply chain problems are not all resolved," said Smith. "But a lot of effort is being made to resolve them and we are optimistic that people will have a good busy season and that most of Santa's products will be delivered to consumers."
Supply chain concerns are still evident among businesses and consumers. According to a research conducted by Sapio Research on behalf of Coupa Software Inc.
See: According to survey, supply chain issues will plague retailers through 2022
Biden's last meeting was when he and his government grappled with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which threatens to further disrupt stressed supply chains. On Tuesday, the president introduced a number of new steps to fight the pandemic, including free COVID tests.
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Republicans have attacked Biden and his Democrats with historically high inflation and supply chain issues in anticipation of next year's midterm elections. The Democratic National Committee posted an article in the New York Times on Wednesday explaining why Christmas presents are arriving on time, titled the DNC's email message, "Poof Is Another Republican Talking About".