USDA Announces Additional Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2022 – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including one Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director and one Rural Development (RD) State Director.

“I am thrilled we continue to add state directors to be the face of USDA programs in rural and farm communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to building a better America, and these state directors are critical to accomplishing that.”

New DHL Report: How Global Issues are Impacting Small Businesses

It’s not surprising that global issues are having a large impact on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) so far in 2022.  To gain insight into the current SME challenges and opportunities and how they are informing business planning and operations for the rest of the year, DHL Express conducted a survey of U.S. SMEs, including its customers. Here are the key findings, compiled from the over 4,000 responses:

COVID is no longer a major concern for most businesses: Only 12% said they expect COVID-19 would be their biggest business challenge for the rest of 2022.

Supply chain challenges aren’t going away: A large majority (61%) said supply chain delays will be their biggest challenge for the rest of the year. That is an increase from the 54% that said supply chain delays were their biggest business challenge in 2021.

When asked about what is causing supply chain challenges this year, 42% said logistics costs, 32% said product availability, 15% said Customs compliance and 11% said varying laws in international markets. To overcome these challenges, many businesses (37%) have prioritized making new international business contacts (whether new manufacturers, distributers, etc.), which can help them conduct business and ship more efficiently.

A large majority (65%) of respondents are planning earlier for the holidays this year because of expected supply chain delays.

31% are planning 1-3 months earlier than they would in a typical year without supply chain concerns
23% are planning 4-7 months earlier
11% are planning 8-12 months earlier

Employers are making plans to account for talent shortage: In last year’s survey, 50% of the respondents said staffing was not a challenge. This year, more companies are feeling the impact of the “Great Resignation”, with just 38% saying they are not impacted by the talent shortage. To address the talent shortage, nearly one-third of respondents have invested in employee perks/bonuses, 18% are investing in robotics and new tech, and 17% are investing in an online presence vs. brick & mortar.

Inflation is making international waves:  42% have experienced changes in their international sales due to inflation; 26% have seen a decrease in international sales as a result of inflation and 16% have seen an increase. However, 30% of respondents said they are unaffected by inflation.

Digital currency is not money in the bank…yet: Despite digital currency gaining popularity, 42% of respondents said their business will never accept it as payment. Still, a majority of respondents are either already accepting (11%) digital currencies, plan to accept it in 2022 (24%) or plan to accept it in the next 2-5 years (23%).

 Overall, the survey findings suggest that while the worst of COVID-19 is (hopefully) behind us, issues caused by the pandemic, such as the supply chain delays, talent shortage and inflation are having a lasting effect on U.S. SMEs. Working with an experienced logistics partner like DHL, can help businesses navigate these challenges and capitalize on opportunities. DHL is dedicated to working closely with companies, and to creating custom-shipping solutions so they can begin, or continue to, expand their businesses beyond the U.S. borders.

See here for the full survey results. Follow @DHLUS on Twitter and Instagram for timely information and updates.

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FOOD-6616 – USA (Rockdale, Georgia) – Food Services – Deadline June 23,2022

Posted Date : May 19,2022
Product (RFP/RFQ/RFI/Solicitation/Tender/Bid Etc.) ID : FOOD-6616
Government Authority located in Rockdale, Georgia; USA based organization looking for expert vendor for food services.
[A] Budget: Looking for Proposal
[B] Scope of Service:
(1) Vendor needs to provide food services to the government authority located in Rockdale, GA.
– Beef, veal and lamb
– Ground beef
– Poultry
– Canned fruits and vegetables
– Frozen fruits and vegetables
– Fresh produce
– Dairy products
– Eggs
– Frozen fish and seafood
(2) A mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held on June 1, 2022.
(3) All question must be submitted no later than June 16, 2022.
(4) A contract period will be for one year.

[C] Eligibility:
Onshore (USA Organizations Only)
[D] Work Performance:
Performance of the work will be Offsite. Vendor needs to carry work in their office location.
Budget :
Deadline to Submit Proposals: June 23,2022
Cost to Download This RFP/RFQ/RFI/Solicitation/Tender/Bid Document : 5 US$

FOOD-6617 – USA (Wilmington, Delaware) – Contract Food Service Management Company – Deadline June 3,2022

Posted Date : May 19,2022
Product (RFP/RFQ/RFI/Solicitation/Tender/Bid Etc.) ID : FOOD-6617
Government Authority located in Wilmington, Delaware; USA based organization looking for expert vendor for contract food service management company.
[A] Budget: Looking for Proposal
[B] Scope of Service:
(1) Vendor needs to provide contract food service management company (FSMC) to the government authority located in Wilmington, DE.
– The food service shall be operated and maintained as a benefit to the agency’s students, faculty, and staff.
– The food service shall be managed to promote maximum participation in the national school lunch program, school breakfast program or special milk program.
– The agency reserves the right to maintain food and beverage vending machines in its facilities. revenues must accrue to the agency.
– The FSMC shall conduct the food service in such a manner as will ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of the USDA regarding the national school lunch program, the school breakfast program, or the special milk program, and any additions or amendments thereto.
(2) The contract period will be for one year.

[C] Eligibility:
– Onshore (USA Only)
[D] Work Performance:
Not Applicable
Budget :
Deadline to Submit Proposals: June 03,2022
Cost to Download This RFP/RFQ/RFI/Solicitation/Tender/Bid Document : 5 US$

FOOD-6618 – USA (New Orleans, Louisiana) – Provision of Vending Services – Deadline June 13,2022

Posted Date : May 19,2022
Product (RFP/RFQ/RFI/Solicitation/Tender/Bid Etc.) ID : FOOD-6618
Government Authority located in New Orleans, Louisiana; USA based organization looking for expert vendor for provision of vending services for snack machine.
[A] Budget: Looking for Proposal
[B] Scope of Service:
(1) Vendor needs to provide exclusive rights for the provision of vended snack products to the government authority located in New Orleans, LA.
– Provision of contemporary and nutritious items that are customer focused.
– Maintain optimum professional and food safety standards.
– Competitive pricing affordable to students and employees.
– A pleasing product presentation.
– An increase in sales and commissions for the agency.
– All machines must have the ability to accept standard credit cards.
– All machines must have a decal prominently affixed to each machine providing a unique machine identification number.
– All machines provided will be equipped with any and all necessary safety devices which shall be maintained in operating condition at all times.
(2) The contract period will be for one year.

[C] Eligibility:
– Onshore (USA Only)
[D] Work Performance:
Not Applicable
Budget :
Deadline to Submit Proposals: June 13,2022
Cost to Download This RFP/RFQ/RFI/Solicitation/Tender/Bid Document : 5 US$

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on President Biden’s Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2022 – “We know that this situation is causing stress and anxiety for many families across the country and President Biden has said that this administration will do everything in its power to ensure babies and families have access to the formula that they need. As the President directed, the Department of Agriculture will immediately begin coordinating with the Department of Defense and expand its coordination with our Health and Human Services counterparts to get safe formula on store shelves as quickly as possible.