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Port Strike, Middle East Unrest Could Increase Gas Prices to Over $5.00 Per Gallon

INSIGHT Inc., top international provider of planning solutions that power supply chain design for the world's foremost companies, is concerned that businesses won’t be prepared for potential supply chain disruptions that could undermine the health of their bottom line. Current examples include the potential West Coast port strike, which could shut down 30 ports stretching from San Diego to Washington state, and unrest in the Middle East, which could cause gas prices in the U.S. to go more than $5.00 per gallon and potentially set off another economic downturn.

“Companies need to have strategic plans in place to mitigate supply chain risks caused by everything from natural disasters to socio-economic and political unrest that may cut off critical raw material suppliers, restrict transportation modes, and shut down a plant or other facility, causing major disruptions in supply chains,” said Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer, president and co-founder, INSIGHT Inc.

A recent study conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation shows that the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if prolonged West Coast port shutdowns occur. Negotiations are underway for a new contract with West Coast dockworkers, expiring June 30. Twelve years ago the port of Long Beach shut down for 10 days, costing the U.S. economy $1 billion per day.

Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began an offensive that has seen vast swaths of northern Iraq fall out of government hands, causing fuel prices to rise. Experts predict gas prices could go over $5.00 per gallon if the crisis continues. Rising fuel prices have a trickle-down effect in supply chains, causing profits to decrease.

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