July 28, 2022



While the world is slowly opening up again, the supply chain crisis has us feeling like the ports will forever remain closed. The last 2 ½ years have led to a lack of trains, truck drivers, warehouse space and an increase in costs, plus delayed shipments and headaches. To top it off, inflation rates continue to surge—the U.S. alone witnessed a 9.1% increase in June compared to last year. The highest inflation rate in 40 years.

For our West Coast customers, there are even more woes. Union contracts at the ports have expired. Plus, all independent drivers in California must be full-time employees for the companies they partner with after the Supreme Court’s ruling on AB5. Which means shipping costs will increase even further. While the West Coast tries to navigate new challenges, the East Coast is dealing with their own. Since 2019, ports in New York and New Jersey have seen a 33% increase in container ships coming in, all of them waiting almost a week to actually dock and about 6.5% originally meant to be shipped to the West Coast.

All of this comes during the busiest shipping season where containers are already stuck on liners and at ports across the globe. But that’s where we come in. At Ernest, we have the solutions to help you get through any challenge the supply chain crisis throws your way.

Unsolvable? Impossible? Not for us.


Some solutions were born because of the supply chain disruptions. But others have been given the spotlight because of how effective they are at erasing problems.

Ernest Managed Inventory, aka EMI, is the latter of those two.

This supply chain management solution encompasses all products that we service for our customers. From Jan San to tape to Just-in-Time inventory. This inventory management solution solves it all. And the reason it soars above the competition is because it’s about relationships, too. Our team learns the ins and outs of your business and how your employees work best, all while addressing any problem that arises.

EMI helps our clients reduce inventory holding costs and increase inventory turnover (you know, the kind of problems amplified by the supply chain issues). Through our solution, you have a better idea of what you have vs. what you need—freeing up precious space in your warehouse. It’s all possible thanks to our dedicated specialists who are in constant communication with you.

EMI may have a short name, but its benefits are never-ending. It prevents overproduction, minimizes wait times, cuts down on transportation costs, improves productivity and streamlines your production.

The cherry on top? We customize everything to your business needs.


When you partner with us, we focus on maintaining your business AND maintaining a relationship. Because strong relationships make all the difference.

It’s that mentality coupled with our EMI solution that helped our client, Coast Aluminum, keep up with their supply chain at their 10 locations.

Each Coast location keeps a two-week supply on hand while Ernest has a 90-day supply ready to go at a moment’s notice. This freed up space in each warehouse and improved cash flow, because they don’t have to worry about meeting the minimum order requirements. Another perk? Since we share a similar national footprint with Coast, our team can deliver the next day—allowing them to turn orders on stainless steel, aluminum and specialty metals around quickly.

A great partnership made better thanks to EMI.


The supply chain issues have thrown companies one too many curveballs, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get a homerun.

At Ernest, our team of experts is always at the ready. Whether you need distribution support, cost-effective packaging or to free up some much needed space, we’ll find the perfect solution by working alongside each other.

Give us a call today or fill out our form here and let’s get you started with EMI. Or, if you’re looking for something else, we’ve got you covered. Check out our supply chain management page to learn more.