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BROKEN LINKS: Cleverhood LLC owner Susan Mocarski can’t meet the growing demand for rain capes her company designs because of the months it now takes for some overseas orders 
to be filled. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pervasive supply chain woes could boost local manufacturing

Companies doing business overseas have long understood the importance of a dependable supply chain. But for everyone else, this holiday shopping season has provided...

Supply shortages and emboldened workers: A changed economy

Employees at a fast-food restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., exasperated over working in stifling heat for low wages, demanded more pay and a new air...
Elizabeth “Betty” Robson
J.F. Moran Co. CEO and president
Betty Robson was named CEO and president of J.F. Moran Co. in 2015. She has more than 40 years of experience in international trade working in the family-owned and operated Smithfield business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Relationships key to supply chains

Before the pandemic, most consumers and many businesses were blissfully unaware of the steps involved in getting toilet paper into the supermarket. Today, everyone...

U.S. food banks struggle to feed hungry amid surging prices

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – United States food banks already dealing with increased demand from families sidelined by the pandemic now face a new challenge...
MOTOR VEHICLES ARE unloaded on Pier 1 at the Port of Davisville in North Kingstown in early 2019. Port officials say the number of imports has declined during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

At Quonset port, supply chain problems of a different kind

Major ports around the country are jammed with ships carrying products and materials waiting to be delivered to their final destinations, but Rhode Island’s...

Atlantic Paper & Supply Wins TUG 2020 Silver Industrial Packaging Award

Atlantic Paper & Supply of Pawtucket, RI was named The United Group’s (TUG) 2020 Silver Award Winner for Industrial Packaging. The award is given...

Domino effect

Will the reopening of other Rhode Island-based businesses help your business? Yes: 85.7% No: 14.3% Where do you expect increases in business at your company? More face-to-face interactions:...

Maintaining resilience

Has your company focused on a long-term survival plan? Yes: 87% No: 13% What has your company done to implement the plan? (Select any that apply) We are...

Meeting challenges

What are the challenges your company is facing today? (Select any that apply) The solvency of our partners, supply chains, etc.: 29% Keeping workers safe and...

Government contractors face special challenges

While some industries grapple with slowdowns, many government contractors in Rhode Island and elsewhere have geared up during the pandemic. From military and intelligence...
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