There are times when you put a security system in your house because you need it (or want it) and there are times you buy the generic “This house protected by such-and-such company” sign because it’s the level of deterrent you need. With increasing scrutiny on the supply chain by the highest levels of government and the media writ large – and consumers connecting the dots of store shelves and online inventory, the question is whether or not things are truly getting better. It seems to be, if Monday’s meeting at the White House is to be believed, as is the thrice-delayed fee at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Or it could be that the threat of greater scrutiny, investigation and involvement by the government was enough to convince a supply chain riding a wave of profitability rivaling tech companies that they don’t want to spoil a really good thing.

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