A new Supply Chain Legislative Caucus (SCLC) was formed this week to advance the understanding, communication, partnership, and networking opportunities for supply chain stakeholders in Washington state. The SCLC will conduct and encourage public education efforts to inform Washington citizens and the Washington State Legislature of the importance of all supply chain elements. The focus will be on how each of the elements impact Washington’s economy, how to best meet the needs of a diverse workforce, and ways to reduce negative impacts on our environment.
As supply chain issues are paramount to retailers and their customers, Washington Retail has joined the SCLC as one of its founding members.
The caucus is a statewide, bicameral, and bipartisan group dedicated to creating resilience in Washington’s supply chain. It will work in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, Department of Licensing, local governments, and supply chain stakeholder groups, such as retailers, growers, manufacturers/processors, transporters (e.g., trucking, rail, air, and waterborne cargo interests), ports, labor organizations, and other supply chain-impacted associations.
Fifty-six folks, including an impressive 22 Legislators and Lt. Governor Denny Heck, attended the inaugural meeting. WR plans to be an active participant and resource for the SCLC. The next meeting is scheduled for January 13 at 7:00 am via Zoom and is open to the public.