Former Walmart CEO Says Military ‘Must Be Prepared to Move Freight’ If…

Washington, D.C. — The former CEO of the world’s second largest retailer says the military may have to be called upon to transport freight if the Biden Administration moves forward with cross-border restrictions on truckers.

In an appearance on Fox News Friday afternoon, Bill Simon, former CEO of Walmart, said U.S. governmental leaders are causing “self-inflicted wounds” to America’s worsening supply chain challenges.




 

“Over the last 20 years our supply chain has been honed to a razor’s edge so all the inefficiency has been taken out of it, and then two years ago we shut it off and then turned it back on and expected it to function absolutely normally with increased demand… and it hasn’t been able to respond to it,” Simon stated. “You add to that… some of the energy policies that have driven up the cost of fuel. You add to it the COVID-19 mandates and we have a tangled mess of wires that needs to be untangled now.”

The former leader of the Bentonville, AR-based retail giant said as he travels throughout the country he is seeing consumers “in shock when they walk into a supermarket and there’s no food on the shelves.”




 

Simon, who led Walmart from June 2010 until August 2014, warned inflation and product shortages will worsen if new cross-border vaccination requirements — set to begin in the United States on Saturday, January 22 — are imposed on truckers.

“If you’re going to put things like mandates in place you better be prepared to mobilize everybody in the military with a truckers drivers license to move freight because you can’t cut half of the truck drivers out and expect freight to move. It’s just not going to happen,” he said.




 

Trucking industry stakeholders have been urging the Biden Administration to exempt truckers from the draconian cross-border policies, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday it is moving forward with enforcement.

As for Simon, he said he has confidence in the “ingenuity” of American businesses and expects “things will get better quickly… in the next 45 to 60 days,” offering a caveat that only if the Biden Administration “gets out of the way.”

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