Southwest Florida business owners discuss supply chain issues with Sen. Rick Scott


A Florida lawmaker says he understands you’re upset and concerned about rising prices. Supply chain issues make it harder to get the things we need. So Southwest Florida business owners sat down with Sen. Rick Scott and spoke about their frustrations.

Senator Scott promised business owners he would do everything in his power to help them, including working with federal agencies to reduce regulations and resolve issues with the Department of Transportation.

But Senator Scott also pointed an accusing finger at President Biden.

Ships are not arriving at ports fast enough and trucks are not shipping their products on time. Ryan Carter is well aware of this. Carter is the president of Lee County-based trucking company Scotlyn USA.

“IIn the past, it might take a day or two to fix a truck. It can take a week or up to 6-8 weeks to fix our truck,” Carter said.

This is called the supply chain crisis. And, we see its effects in grocery stores, with higher prices and fewer products on the shelves.

Jennifer Whyte owns Fort Myers Brewing Company, and she says she’s seen these effects as she tries to keep running her business. “Everything from little things like plastic cups to things we use all the time like aluminum cans,” Whyte said. “An aluminum can has almost tripled its cost.”

Whyte and Carter were among a group of Southwest Florida business owners who gathered at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. They wanted to let Senator Rick Scott know that the supply chain crisis was hurting them.

Trond Schou is the owner of Nordic High Performance. “VSost increases daily. It’s unbelievable, it’s totally out of control,” Schou said. “WWe sell a lot of products in Asia, so the shipping costs between these different parts have increased by about 300%. »

Senator Rick Scott listened to their concerns. But he also had something to say. “I think the big thing that’s really frustrating is that the Biden administration just isn’t responding, I mean. One thing you have to do as a government is you have to say, ‘Here’s our problem, let’s solve it,’ Senator Scott said.

“They should go to Long Beach and sit there until they get those ships through,” Senator Scott said.

The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest port in the United States, and ships often wait there and wait to be unloaded.

WINK News asked these business owners how optimistic they were about something being done. While a few of these SWFL business owners say they are hopeful, many are not at all confident.

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